Baku 2020: Nationwide poll shows 95% in support for Olympic bid
LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications
LAUSANNE: A nationwide poll carried out by TNS global in Azerbaijan revealed that 95% of the people were behind the 2020 bid to host the Summer Games.
Also in the survey 93% of respondents thought that by hosting the Games in Baku that this would have a positive impact on sport in Azerbaijan. People that were polled in the cities of Baku and Ganja showed that 50% would buy tickets to the Baku Games and 30% of the 1,000 contacted would be interested to volunteer for the Games.
Konul Nurullayeva, CEO of the Baku 2020 Bid, said in a statement:
“This poll confirms what we believed – that the Bid enjoys wholehearted support, all the way from the President of the country to the very youngest children in the school playgrounds. The bid is also enthusiastically supported by our National Olympic Committee and our sports federations, our business community and the citizens of Baku.”
“Our Bid is about more than simply asking the Olympic Movement to allow Baku to host the ‘world’s greatest spectacle’. Bringing the Olympic Flame to Baku for the first time in 2020 will allow our country to fulfil its sporting potential, giving an enormous boost to the development and diversification of sport and society in Azerbaijan – and even further beyond.
“Azerbaijan has a very young population – more than 50% are under the age of 30. With this Bid, together we can develop, inspire and empower millions of young sportsmen and women – together we can also accelerate the development of team sports as well as introduce new sports into the country.
“And if we are awarded this great honour, with the Olympic Movement, together we can spread the values of Olympism to a region of the world that will benefit enormously from these values, putting sport and its importance at the forefront of our society.”
Baku is in the 2020 Olympics race with Doha, Istanbul, Madrid, Rome and Tokyo. The final decision will be voted in September 2013 at the IOC session in Buenos Aires.
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