POSTED: November 30th 2011
NewsUpdate

Baku 2020 team includes former Sydney Games chief Bob Elphinston

Baku 2020 Bid CEO, Konul Nurullayeva with Bob Elphinston / Azerbaijan Ministry of Youth and Sports
Baku 2020 Bid CEO, Konul Nurullayeva with Bob Elphinston / Azerbaijan Ministry of Youth and Sports

Baku has enlisted a prestigious team / Azerbaijan Ministry of Youth and Sports
Baku has enlisted a prestigious team / Azerbaijan Ministry of Youth and Sports

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

TAMPA: The Baku 2020 bid team for the summer Games is holding a campaign planning session with their group of international consultants to prepare their official proposal for the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

The Azerbaijan Ministry of Youth and Sports news service reported on the meeting about the lineup of consultants that come from four corners of the globe that were welcomed by Baku 2020 Bid CEO, Konul Nurullayeva.

The multinational team’s backgrounds are British, Italian, Spanish, Greek, South African, Dutch, Australian, US and Canadian and originate from various areas of the Olympic environment including Olympic architecture, sport & venues; security, transport, accommodation and environment.

Especially to note is Bob Elphinston, who has served as international basketball chief (FIBA) and in charge of sports for the Sydney 2000 Games. Elphinston was president of FIBA between 2006-2010 and currently serves as president of the International Basketball Foundation.  IOC member, Patrick Baumann, is currently FIBA Secretary General.

Nurullayeva said: “It is a pleasure and a privilege to welcome this highly distinguished team here in Baku. I am confident that, with their enormous experience and expertise, together we can develop an extremely high-quality bid.

"In Baku, we are investing billions of dollars to build a world-class sporting infrastructure. Thanks to our strong and stable economy, in the past three years, we have already started construction on a new Olympic Stadium, as well as an Olympic complex – and several new sports arenas are under also construction.

"The Olympic Family can be confident that we will deliver what we promise in our Bid.”

Elphinston said, “I have been taken by surprise by the beauty and vibrancy of Baku: the city is one of the world’s best-kept secrets and ripe for discovery.

“I think that together we can put together an extremely credible bid for Baku. Azerbaijan has a very young population – more than 50% are under the age of 30. Hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Baku in 2020 has the potential to extend the Olympic ideals to millions of new hearts and minds.”

Elphinston has also served on several IOC commissions such as the Olympic Program Commission and the IOC Evaluation Commission for the selection of the hosts of the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games.

Baku is running against Doha, Istanbul, Madrid, Rome, and Tokyo to host the 2020 summer Olympics. The final vote will take place in 2013 at the IOC session in Buenos Aires.


Keywords · Baku 2020 · Olympic bidding · Konul Nurullayeva · Bob Elphinston


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