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MINSK(BelTA) – Organizers of the 2nd European Games have earmarked about 3,000 seats at sports venues for people with special needs, Minsk European Games Organizing Committee (MEGOC) Deputy CEO Arkadzi Maleyeu told reporters on 29 May, BelTA has learned.
On 29 May, the MEGOC staff and volunteers gathered for a seminar in Minsk to discuss assistance to fans, including people with disabilities. The volunteers and the MEGOC members were told how to help fans with disabilities and show them to their seats at the sports facilities that will host the 2nd European Games.
“Taking into consideration international practices, we have developed convenient navigation inside the sports facilities for fans with special needs. The sports facilities have special platforms and wheelchair ramps, special parking lots. About 3,000 seats have been earmarked for fans with disabilities. We have created a barrier-free environment that will help such fans quickly get to their seats. I would like to note that while purchasing tickets online, one can indicate that they need assistance or a special parking place. The organizers have done their best to make fans with disabilities feel comfortable at the 2nd European Games,” Arkadzi Maleyeu said.
The 2nd European Games will take place in Minsk on 21-30 June 2019. Over 4,000 athletes from 50 countries will compete in 200 medal events in 15 sports. Competitions in eight sports will be qualifiers for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.