Welcome Europe!

Wow - what a start! Yesterday it was not only raining medals, but the atmosphere was still unclouded and unique. It can go on like this.

The Prime Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia, Armin Laschet, found the right words before the opening ceremony and the Cro concert in front of thousands of fans: "Cool and creative, international and peaceful: The RUHR GAMES combine the European idea with the Olympic idea! I am looking forward to this unique festival of young people - sport and culture, adrenaline and shows, street art and festival. The Landschaftspark Nord in Duisburg offers a unique backdrop for this".

From 2 p.m. onwards, the site will be officially open, and then the pole vaulters will be able to reach just as high a level in their finals as the BMX Spineramp riders. The final rounds of the judo competition and canoe polo will also be very exciting. In the evening, up to 1,500 athletes will gather in the blower hall for their international get-together.

© Ilkay Karakurt