The opening ceremony of the European Figure Skating Championships took place at "Minsk-Arena". Minsk citizens and guests of the capital watched the spectacular show, which gathered almost full tribunes on the first day of the official competitions.
It is the first time that Minsk is hosting figure skating competitions of such a high level. The representative of the International Skating Union Alexander Lakernik noted the excellent infrastructure of Minsk-Arena and the hospitality of the public:
- We chose Minsk due to the hospitality and enthusiasm of Belarusian spectators during the previous competitions in other types of skating.
The pairs' short program follows in the Wednesday competition program. Tomorrow men will perform their programs, and in the evening the pairs will compete for the first medals.