POSTED: November 20th 2014

Host for 2019 European Games to be Announced in May 2015

MARISSA FLANDERS / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The European Olympic Committees (EOC) announced today that the host city of the 2019 European Games will be studied for approval by the EOC membership at an Extraordinary General Assembly in May of 2015. Six cities have expressed an interest in hosting the second edition of the Games.

This announcement was brought forward after today's meeting of the EOC Executive Committee and the 2019 European Games Working Group. The announcement is ahead of the start of the 43rd EOC General Assembly in Baku. Following negotiations during Q1 2015, the EOC Executive Committee will narrow down the current possible host cities, from six, to one, proposed host city. The cities will remain confidential throughout the process.

Once the proposed host city is selected, representatives of the host city will have a chance to work alongside the 2019 European Games Working Group, to develop a concept that is all their own. The concept will be made to augment the host's needs, capabilities, and priorities while continuing the evolution of the European Games product.

The host city will also receive support from the Working Group in defining operational, technical, marketing, and legacy requirements for the 2019 Games, defining transport and venues, defining the coverage of the Sports Program, and defining the allocation of licensing rights. Once everything is completed, the European Games concept will be presented at the Extraordinary General Assembly, which is to be held in Belek, Turkey in May of 2015, to the EOC membership.

“This new timeline will give us the time we need to assess properly, which of the six cities is the best fit for the European Games. The process will take slightly longer than we first anticipated, but having six cities on the table is a dilemma we are very happy to have. We have had to turn away 14 sports from the inaugural edition in Baku, and we are going to be turning away five top-class potential hosts for the second edition – clearly the European Olympic family has a huge amount of enthusiasm for a continental Games,” stated Patrick Hickey, EOC President and International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board member.

He went on to add, “The collaborative process between the proposed host city and the 2019 European Games Working Group was first approved by the EOC membership at our General Assembly in Valencia back in 2007 – it is really fundamental to the European Games philosophy. We do not want to put cities through a lengthy expensive process. We want to focus on flexibility, innovation, sustainability and value for hosts, athletes, fans and commercial partners.”

Today, President Hickey and IOC President, Dr. Thomas Bach attended a meeting with Ilham Aliyev the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan. They discussed the preparations for the inaugural European Games in Baku and the continuing growth of Olympic sport in Azerbaijan.  

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