Thomas Bach visits final day of European Games in Minsk
IOC President Thomas Bach attended the final day of the 2nd European Games in Minsk (Belarus), which came to a close on Sunday.
He went to watch the competitions in badminton, where he was accompanied by EOC President Janez Kocijančič. The IOC President then went on to gymnastics and wrestling events, before attending the Closing Ceremony in the Dinamo Stadium. At the competitions, he awarded the medals in the men’s pommel horse and the men’s Greco-Roman +130kg, which was won by Belarusian Kiryl Hryshchanka in front of an enthusiastic home crowd.
Thomas Bach was welcomed by the Belarusian President, Alexander Lukashenko, at the Independence Palace. The IOC President congratulated President Lukashenko on the excellent organisation, the good atmosphere and the success of the Belarusian team at the Games. The hosts won the second-most medals behind Russia. The two Presidents also discussed the further development of sport in Belarus after the European Games.
At the Minsk Arena, where the gymnastics events took place, the IOC President met the Russian President, Vladimir Putin. In their meeting, President Bach congratulated him on the success of the Russian team, which won more than 100 medals in Minsk, while President Putin expressed his appreciation for the speech which Thomas Bach had given at the G20 Summit on Saturday in Osaka (Japan). He said he had been listening to it with great interest.
On the occasion of the Closing Ceremony, a meeting was also held with the President of Armenia, Armen Sarkissian.
At the European Games, the IOC President also met IOC Members Sergey Bubka, Nenad Lalović, Daina Gudzineviciute and Spyros Capralos.