The Minsk 2019 European Games got officially under way here tonight with a sumptuous Opening Ceremony at which, for all the forecasts of storms, not a drop of rain fell.
Russia's male and female 3x3 basketball teams successfully began their European Games title defences as sporting action got under way here.
By Nancy Gillen and Mike Rowbottom in Minsk
The lighting of the cauldron in Dinamo Stadium in Minsk will tonight provide the spectacular climax to the European Games Opening Ceremony.
By Nancy GIllen and Mike Rowbottom in Minsk
Chairman of the Coordination Commission of the 2019 European Games Spyros Capralos has claimed that the Athletes' Village here has received mainly positive feedback as teams arrive in time for the start of competition.
The 2nd European Games set to get underway here tomorrow and run until June 30 will involve a total of 3,667 athletes from 50 nations.
Organisers of the second European Games which start here in Minsk tomorrow are hoping the Opening Ceremony will miss the worst of the bad weather that is forecast.
A total of 3,667 athletes from 50 countries will be competing at the 2nd European Games due to start here tomorrow, it was confirmed at today’s opening press conference.
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has announced its plans for the Independent Observer (IO) and Athlete Outreach (AO) programmes for the 2019 European Games here.
Officials have confirmed that there will be eight sports linked with Olympic qualifying at the second European Games that get underway here in Minsk tomorrow – each offering a different form of pathway to the Tokyo 2020 Games.
A robot has carried the European Games Flame as the Torch Relay visited the Belarus Hi-Tech Park on the latest stage of its journey through Minsk.
Fans will flock to the new beach soccer venue at the Olympic Sports Complex here as tickets for the event near a sell-out.
Ireland's 2015 European Games boxing silver medallist Brendan Irvine has been forced to pull out of the second edition of the competition here after breaking his foot.
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev will be among the VIP guests for Friday's (June 21) Opening Ceremony here at the second European Games.