The Minsk 2019 torch and torchbearer uniforms have been revealed ©Minsk 2019

Minsk 2019 has presented the European Games Torch and Relay route at an event at Teleport, Europe's largest virtual reality theme park.

The event in Belarus’ capital city also saw the unveiling of the Torchbearers’ uniforms.

The Torch design was claimed to embody the concept of the second edition of the multi-sport event, with organisers stating it “inspires to dream and hints at the mysteries of Belarusian nature”.

Minsk 2019 designer Yulia Braychuk designed the Torch with specialists of Novogrudok Gas Equipment Plant.

Organisers have dubbed the European Games flame as the “Flame of Peace.”

“Since time immemorial, humanity has had an inexplicable craving for fire,” said George Katulin, Minsk 2019 chief executive.

“A long time ago, the famous Prometheus accomplished the feat of bringing fire to the people and since then, this ‘fire’ burns in the heart of every passionate person, symbolising achievements in various spheres.

“Today, we present the torch relay of the ‘flame of peace’ of the second European Games.

“Its very name already speaks of the goal that organisers of the multi-sports competition are pursuing – first of all, to unite all European countries around a wonderful holiday that will take place in Minsk and turn it into the brightest event of 2019.

 “The aims of the ‘Flame of Peace’ relay fully align with the global goals declared by the United Nations."

Minsk 2019 chief executive George Katulin claimed the Games would symbolise unity ©Minsk 2019
Minsk 2019 chief executive George Katulin claimed the Games would symbolise unity ©Minsk 2019

The Torch weighs 1.7 kilograms and has a height of 81 centimetres, with the weight designed to make running with the Torch very comfortable.

There is also an option to attach the Torch, which is made of stainless steel, to a bicycle or wheelchair.

Four-time Olympic fencing champion Elena Belova, actor and film director Vladimir Gostyukhin and Paralympic swimmer Alexey Talay were among the high-profile individuals to support the event.

The Torch Relay is due start on May 3 in Rome, where the European Olympic Committees headquarters are based.

The relay will take place for 50 days and concludes with the lighting of the Olympic cauldron at Dinamo Stadium in Minsk on June 21 at the Opening Ceremony.

Some 55 locations will be visited by the torch, with Italy, Slovakia, Slovenia, Hungary, Austria, the Czech Republic and Poland among the countries on the tour, before it arrives in Belarus.

Mont Blanc, the highest point in Europe, will be among the landmark sights visited by the torch prior to its arrival in Belarus on May 12.

The launch event featured a series of performances ©Minsk 2019
The launch event featured a series of performances ©Minsk 2019

The Telay is due to feature 450 Torchbearers, 100 volunteers and 10 "flame keepers".

Their uniform will feature traditionally light colours, which Minsk 2019 claims symbolises peace and purity.

The launch event saw motion capture technology used, which enabled Games mascot Lesik to become a co-host and speak during proceedings.

Organisers state the relay will be supported by Motovelo, an electric bike supplier.

They will help with the transportation of the Torch from various locations.