POSTED: April 2nd 2014

EOC Coordination Commission visits Baku for third time

CHAD WISE / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The European Olympic Committees Coordination Commission for the inaugural European Games visited Azerbaijan Tuesday ahead of Europe’s first continental multi-sport event in Baku, which is scheduled for next year.

Five meetings are on the docket for the Commission, made up of 16 members and chaired by Hellenic Olympic Committee President Spyros Capralos. The meetings will be hosted by the Baku 2015 European Games Operation Committee. The Commission will also visit the National Gymnastics Arena and the Central Traffic Control Centre during its two-day visit 3-4 April.

The Baku 2015 European Games Operation Committee will present updates on medical and anti-doping procedures, broadcasting, athlete accommodation and NOC services. Azerbaijan First Lady and BECOG Chairperson Mehriban Aliyeva and Azerbaijan Youth and Sports Minister and BECOG Chief Executive Officer Azad Rahimov will address the Commission during its visit.

“We are coming up to the one-year-to-go mark for Baku 2015 so my Commission’s third visit to Baku represents an extremely important milestone in BECOG’s preparations,” Capralos said. “The European Games is an innovative concept and Baku has only had three years to get the city ready to host Europe’s finest athletes. So every day is important but I am confident in BECOG’s ability to deliver the perfect stage in 2015.”

European Federations on the Baku 2015 Sports Programme will receive a €2.5 million financial package from the EOC, which gives the EFs the opportunity to receive a fee for participating with senior athletes and a Rio 2016 qualification fee if athletes qualify for the 2016 Olympic Summer Games at Baku 2015.

“The EOC, BECOG and the government of Azerbaijan all match each others’ commitment to staging an incredible inaugural European Games,” European Olympic Committees President and International Olympic Committee Executive Board Member Patrick Hickey said. “The overall aim of the Games is to raise the performance of European athletes and European sport. The Games represent a terrific tune-up opportunity for European athletes one year before every summer Olympic Games but they can also act as a way of unlocking domestic sources of funding for European Federations, National Olympic Committees and athletes themselves.”

One-third of the EOC’s 49 members countries participated in BECOG’s National Olympic Committee Open Day in March, with more NOC Open Days planned for September 2014 and February and May 2015. To mark Baku 2015’s one-year-to-go mark, a Chef de Mission seminar will be held 10-12 June. The European Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships will also be held in Baku in June.

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