George Katulin and Minsk 2019 have marked 100 days to go ©Minsk 2019

Minsk 2019 has celebrated the 100 days to go milestone before this year's European Games.

The Opening Ceremony of the continental event will be held in the Belarus capital on June 21.

Organisers today said that they were entering a "new stage of preparations".

"We are only 100 days away from the opening of the second European Games Minsk 2019, one of the most ambitious sports competitions to take place this year," Minsk 2019 chief executive George Katulin said.

"They are a landmark event that impacts the whole country. 

"The scale of the Games makes them the first such event to be held in modern Belarus."

Fifteen sports will be contested at the Games, which will run until June 30.

Basketball 3x3, archery, athletics, badminton, beach soccer, gymnastics, boxing, canoe sprint, cycling, judo, karate, sambo, shooting, table tennis and wrestling are all on the programme.

The countdown to Minsk 2019 has entered a new phase ©Minsk 2019
The countdown to Minsk 2019 has entered a new phase ©Minsk 2019

In total, 4,082 athletes from all 50 European National Olympic Committees are set to compete.

The Games, following the inaugural edition in Baku in 2015, will be supported by more than 8,000 volunteers from all over the world

"Today we begin a new stage of preparations for the Games," Minsk 2019 added in a statement. 

"Our team that brings together hundreds of experts in different areas have already accomplished a lot in the run-up to the Games. 

"What is more, Minsk 2019 will leave significant legacy, both in material and non-material form.

"The city transport network has been modernised, new buses, trams and trains run in the city, and we now have better sports facilities and urban infrastructure.

"We have improved emergency medical care, discovered new talents among our staff and established cooperation among public bodies at different levels that will be beneficial for other major projects."