POSTED: November 26th 2014

Baku 2015 European Games Backed by European National Olympic Committess

MARISSA FLANDERS / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The largest multi-sport event on the European calendar, the Baku 2015 European Games are coming along nicely, according to the senior figures of the leading National Olympic Committees (NOCs) of Europe. The Games will provide athletes a chance to showcase themselves, before the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

The top representatives from all 49 European NOCs were in Baku, the Azerbaijan capital, last weekend to attend the 43rd European Olympic Committees (EOC) General Assembly. During the assembly, the Baku European Games Operation Committee (BEGOC) provided everyone with updates on the Games. Thus, showing the preparations for the Games are firmly on track.

In addition, a tour of key venues was given to NOC Presidents and Secretary Generals. Those venues include the Baku Aquatics Center, the National Stadium, and the National Gymnastics Arena.

“I am deeply impressed to see the development here in regard to sport," stated Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), while in Baku for the General Assembly.

He added, “What I have seen and heard about the preparations for the Baku 2015 European Games, makes me very confident they will be an outstanding success for European sport and also an outstanding success for Azerbaijan.”

The Baku 2015 European Games received many praises from senior figures of the leading NOCs.

While in Baku for the General Assembly, the British Olympic Association CEO, Bill Sweeney said, “Today’s venue tour has demonstrated that the European Games next year will not only be a huge success for the organizers, but will also benefit our athletes in a number of ways. 

"For several sports, there will be the prospect of direct qualification for Rio and for others it will be an important staging post on that journey. 

"For many of our athletes, it will be the first multi-sport experience in their young lives. 

"They will gain vital experience of being immersed in this environment, living in an Athletes’ Village, working within an Organizing Committee’s structures and being surrounded by thousands of other athletes from a myriad of different countries. 

"In terms of Team GB, we are looking forward to it, treating it very seriously, and we will benefit hugely,” he declared.

Also, the Russian Olympic Committee President, Alexander Zhukov praised Baku 2015 saying, “I believe in the future of the European Games. 

"Baku 2015 will be an excellent event from every perspective – the organization, the city, the quality of sport. Baku 2015 will be our number one priority next year, our biggest event without question. 

"Russia will have a strong team at the European Games. After seeing the venues and meeting the organizers this week, I am more convinced more than ever that Baku 2015 will be an important stage on our road to Rio 2016,” noted Zhukov.           

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