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Minsk 2019: Live stream, TV channel and how to watch the European Games on BT Sport

The European Games is the last senior multi-sport event prior to next summer's Olympic Games and all of the action from Minsk, Belarus, is exclusively live on BT Sport.

2019 European Games live stream and TV coverage will be shown exclusively by BT Sport.

The second iteration of the European Games will be held in Minsk from 21 – 30 June, with the Opening Ceremony on Friday 21 June at 8pm on BT Sport 1.

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Daily coverage on BT Sport 1, BT Sport 3 and online will follow all of the Team GB athletes in action, switching between sports as the competition unfolds.

Meanwhile, BT Sport's Extra channels, BTSport.com and the award-winning BT Sport app will provide live coverage of every single discipline and competition for the duration of the Games.

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Simon Green, Head of BT Sport, said: “The European Games will provide BT Sport viewers an early insight into Team GB stars’ prospects for the Tokyo 2020 summer Olympic Games.

“With Minsk 2019 offering qualification opportunities for numerous disciplines in Tokyo, and acting as the official European championships for a range of other sports, the European Games will provide a competitive edge to the sporting summer across a wide range of sports.”

Over 4,000 athletes from 50 countries will compete across 10 days in 200 different medal events with the Opening and Closing Ceremony being held in Dinamo National Olympic Stadium.

Minsk 2019 represents the last senior multi-sport event prior to next summer’s Olympic Games and will provide invaluable experience for the British athletes hoping to travel to Tokyo as part of Team GB.

The Games is also an important qualification step on the road to Tokyo 2020 for some sports, with direct qualification of quota places for three sports – archery, shooting and table tennis – and important ranking points for others.

At present, 24 athletes from three sports – equestrian, sailing and shooting – have secured quota places for Team GB at Tokyo 2020.

For badminton, men's boxing and judo, the European Games double up as their usual European Championships.

Four years ago, Team GB enjoyed success in the first European Games in Baku, winning 47 medals, including 18 gold medals.

Amongst the gold medal winning athletes in Azerbaijan were boxers Nicola Adams and Joe Joyce, swimmer Duncan Scott and Jade Jones in taekwondo.

There will be 18 athletes returning for their second Games, including defending women’s skeet champion Amber Hill and Brinn Bevan in the men’s artistic gymnastics.

Selected in the team are 26 returning Olympians, from the last three summer Olympic Games, including medallists Jason Kenny, Katy Marchant and Sally Conway, as well as athletes from two non-Olympic gymnastics disciplines, aerobic and acrobatic.

The Team GB delegation will be led by Chef de Mission, Paul Ford and supported by Deputy Chef de Mission, Laura Hanna.

Ford will act as Deputy Chef de Mission at Tokyo 2020 and Hanna, who has been part of the staff for the last five Games, will also be part of the wider Tokyo 2020 team.

Speaking after the team announcement, Ford said: “Minsk 2019 provides an important pathway towards Tokyo 2020 for sports.

“With automatic qualification of quota places for some, ranking points for others and three continental championships for sports you can see why Team GB has such a strong delegation going to the Games.”

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