Over 450,000 people attracted to 2nd European Games Minsk 2019 fan zones

Over 450,000 people visited fan zones of the 2nd European Games Minsk 2019. No incidents were registered over there during celebrations and competitions, BelTA learned from Deputy Chief of the Central Office for Law Enforcement and Prevention of the Belarusian Internal Affairs Ministry Dmitry Kuryan on 1 July.

The officer noted that a colossal amount of preparations had been done before the games. “It allowed us to enable rather good law and public order in places where competitions and mass events were taking place,” he said.

Fan zones were organized all over the country for those willing to root for the athletes. The fan zones attracted over 450,000 people, Dmitry Kuryan specified. In his words, no incidents or emergencies were registered in venues of the 2nd European Games Minsk 2019 and the fan zones. Only in several cases people contacted the police, for instance, some people left or lost their belongings. Police officers promptly helped with their recovery.

“Statistics demonstrates that the average number of crimes per day in Minsk during the 2nd European Games was virtually half of the number we usually register,” Dmitry Kuryan said.

According to Stanislav Solovei, an official spokesman of the Traffic Police Department of the Belarusian Internal Affairs Ministry, no serious traffic accidents involving 2nd European Games Minsk 2019 transportation had been registered either. He also praised good work of 25 female traffic wardens.

Oleg Panchuk, a representative of the Healthcare Ministry, Head of the Department for Organizing Medical Protection in Emergencies, said that there are no complaints about medical aid. Medical service during the games was requested slightly more than 1,600 times, including over 1,100 times at competition venues and 492 times outside them. Medical aid was provided to over 1,500 people on the spot. “Medical evacuation was necessary in 49 cases. 29 patients were hospitalized,” Oleg Panchuk informed. As many as 60 foreign participants of the games came to medical institutions on their own. A total of about 800 medics were employed during the 2nd European Games Minsk 2019.

In turn, Sergei Novik, Head of the Emergency Response and Alleviation Services Office of the Belarusian Emergencies Ministry, said that rescue workers and assets were recruited from the reserve during the 2nd European Games Minsk 2019. The extra assets did not affect safety in any way.

Belarusian police will remain in a heightened security mode till 4 July.