POSTED: November 23rd 2014

Resolution on Olympic Agenda 2020 Concludes the 43rd EOC General Assembly

EOC President Patrick Hickey presents IOC President Thomas Bach with the EOC Order of Merit Award / EOC
EOC President Patrick Hickey presents IOC President Thomas Bach with the EOC Order of Merit Award / EOC

President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev giving the opening speech / EOC
President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev giving the opening speech / EOC

MARISSA FLANDERS / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) Yesterday, came the conclusion of the 43rd General Assembly of the European Olympic Committees (EOC) in Baku, Azerbaijan. The assembly ended with a resolution that publicly declared the EOC's full support for the 40 recommendations in Olympic Agenda 2020, being approved by the membership. The Olympic Agenda 2020, is a strategic road map for the future of the Olympic Movement, by the International Olympic Committee (IOC.)

The proposed declaration to the EOC membership by EOC President Patrick Hickey read, “The European Olympic Committees joined in their 43rd General Assembly in Baku, this 22nd of November, they publicly declared that they fully support Agenda 2020, and compliment IOC President Thomas Bach for his vision and commitment. The EOC Athletes’ Commission also pledges their full support for Agenda 2020.”

Additionally, several important decisions were made in Baku during the General Assembly. One of those decisions was the host of the 44th EOC General Assembly in 2015, which will be Prague, in the Czech Republic. The respective hosts for the summer and winter of the 2019 European Youth Olympic Festival selected were Minsk, in Belarus and Erzurum, in Turkey.

The EOC membership also obtained favorable progress updates on the preparations for the first European Games, to be held in Baku next year from June 12-28. Those in attendance at the General Assembly were, Ilham Aliyev, the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan along with Mehriban Aliyeva, the First Lady. A speech was delivered to the delegates by President Aliyev, as he emphasized how sports and major sporting events like the European Games, are an important role in the nation-building strategy of Azerbaijan.

“I would like to thank His Excellency Mr. President Ilham Aliyev, the First lady Mehriban Aliyeva and IOC President Thomas Bach for their attendance and active participation in the 43rd European Olympic Committees General Assembly," stated EOC President Patrick Hickey

He continued saying, “I am delighted that the EOC General Assembly and the EOC Athletes’ Commission gave full support for the Olympic Agenda 2020 recommendations. This was just one of many successful outcomes of this historic General Assembly."

President Hickey then concluded, “It was also the first time we have held our General Assembly in Azerbaijan, and I would like to thank the National Olympic Committee of Azerbaijan, and all supporting stakeholders, for the excellent organizational skills they have shown and their warm hospitality. There are just over 200 days to go until Azerbaijan hosts the inaugural European Games here in Baku and I am sure that all 49 of Europe’s National Olympic Committees are now fully confident that these Games will be a great success.”

Participating in both days of discussions was the IOC President, Thomas Bach gave a welcoming address, during the first day of the General Assembly. After his address, he accepted the prestigious EOC Order of Merit Award.

The EOC announced, a day before the General Assembly opened, that six cities were interested in becoming the host city of the second European Games in 2019. At an Extraordinary General Assembly in May of 2015, which will be held in Belek, Turkey, a host city will be proposed to the EOC membership for approval.

Keywords · Baku 2015 · EOC · IOC · Thomas Bach · Patrick Hickey · European Games · Olympic Agenda 2020

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