POSTED: May 3rd 2012
Baku 2020: Photo competition features support for the Olympic bid
LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications
May 3 – The Azerbaijani youth showed their support for the Baku 2020 Olympic bid participating in a photo competition entitled My Home Azerbaijan: Baku 2020 capturing images that they loved about their country and their desire to bring the Olympic Games to the city.
The images ranged from young athletes inspiring the sports movement to beautiful panoramic scenes of the country to the dramatic transformation taking place in the skyline of Baku as the silhouette of modern buildings rises over the UNESCO World Heritage Old City.
Konul Nurullayeva, Baku 2020 bid CEO, said, “I am so touched by the levels of support for our Bid from everyone in Azerbaijan, both young and old. People here believe that our Olympic Bid is part of a wider process of transforming Baku into a world-class destination. It is also easy to see from the photos that Azerbaijan is a country of infinite natural beauty. And the pride that these youngsters feel for their country is amazing.
“Our vision to host the 2020 Games is clear: we want to prove that an Olympic Games is not only a sound investment in a nation’s sport, health and quality of life, but that it can be hosted in a prudent and responsible manner which, in turn, provides a sustainable Games hosting model for the future.
“We will show potential Host Cities that not only are the Games achievable in young emerging countries, but they are also responsible, prudent fiscal and social investments for the future in any country. Baku 2020's legacy for the Olympic Movement will build on London 2012's example; meaning, optimising the Games as a means to build a better society, and promoting interest and participation in sport.”
Nurullayeva personally attended the exhibition and handed out the prizes for the winning photographers at a ceremony in the Old City’s Art Gardens.
Baku is in the 2020 summer Games’ bid race together with Doha, Istanbul, Madrid and Tokyo.
Next year in September, the IOC will meet to decide the final host city.
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