POSTED: 2014-06-13 18:06:13

EOC: Chefs de Mission meet in Azerbaijan for European Games update

Simon Clegg, Chief Operating Officer at Baku 2015, addresses delegates at the Chefs de Mission Seminar in Azerbaijan / Baku 2015

CHAD WISE / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) National Olympic Committees from Europe are gathering in Baku, Azerbaijan, this week for the Chefs de Mission Seminar ahead of the Baku 2015 European Games, which will be held 12-28 June 2015.

The Chefs will hear of preparation and progress updates and visit the Games’ venues before taking in Azerbaijan’s hospitality with Baku’s One Year To Go celebrations on Baku Boulevard.

“The first ever European Games will be a historic celebration of sport that will unite the whole continent so I am delighted to welcome all of the European National Olympic Committee Chefs de Mission to Baku,” Azerbaijan Minister of Youth and Sports and Chief Executive of Baku 2015 Azad Rahimov said.

“As an organisation and a team we are at a very important milestone as we continue to host a number of test events in preparation for next summer.

“The recent praise we received from European Athletics for the success of our first test event was incredibly pleasing and we will build on this to ensure we deliver a truly memorable European Games.”

The Baku European Games Operation Committee will present its plan for athletes’ services, while the Athletes’ Village, which will host participants of the European Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships, will be open to the Chefs, who will also hold meetings with the Baku 2015 NOC Services Team. Each National Olympic Committee will also be assigned a Regional Specialist by the Baku 2015 European Games Operation Committee for any addition queries and problems they may have as the Games draw nearer.

“We are very proud to be hosting the Chefs de Mission from all over Europe as we continue the countdown to the Games,” Baku 2015 Chief Operating Officer Simon Clegg said. “We have made great progress in recent months and are keen to assist the Chefs as they prepare their teams and their athletes as best as possible for the Games next summer.

“It has always been of one of our missions to ensure that the Games are fully focused on athletes’ needs and so it is vital for us to be able to demonstrate to the Chefs de Mission our level of commitment and understand how we can help them further in their preparation.”

“We are delighted to be back in the beautiful city of Baku with some of the European Games’ most important stakeholders: the NOCs of Europe,” European Olympic Committees Coordination Commission for the European Games Chairman Spyros Capralos said. “We want these sessions to be interactive discussions, because we have a huge amount of knowledge and experience here with us this week. We encourage the delegates to ask questions, offer insights and challenge BEGOC to deliver the best possible service to the NOCs. The EOC is looking forward to a highly-productive series of meetings.”

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