POSTED: January 21st 2016
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EOC Order of Merit awarded to First Lady of Azerbaijan

Members of the EOC Executive Committee with the First Lady of Azerbaijan, Mehriban Aliyeva, and IOC Deputy Secretary General, Pere Miro, outside IOC Headquarters © EOC
Members of the EOC Executive Committee with the First Lady of Azerbaijan, Mehriban Aliyeva, and IOC Deputy Secretary General, Pere Miro, outside IOC Headquarters © EOC

EOC President Patrick Hickey presents the First Lady of Azerbaijan, Mehriban Aliyeva, with the EOC Order of Merit at IOC Headquarters © EOC
EOC President Patrick Hickey presents the First Lady of Azerbaijan, Mehriban Aliyeva, with the EOC Order of Merit at IOC Headquarters © EOC

MARISSA FLANDERS (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) Today, the European Olympic Committees (EOC) Order of Merit was awarded to the First Lady of Azerbaijan, Mehriban Aliyeva. EOC President, Patrick Hickey presented her with the EOC Order of Merit in Lausanne at the International Olympic Committee (IOC) headquarters. This prestigious award is in recognition of Aliyeva's hard work as the Chair of the Organizing Committee for the inaugural European Games in Baku. The Order of Merit is the highest distinction awarded by the EOC.

"Mehriban Aliyeva has played a crucial role in helping the EOC achieve its long-held dream of hosting our own continental Games. Her leadership as head of the Organising Committee was inspired and decisive - an approach which was vital to Azerbaijan's delivery of the Games in only 30 months," expressed EOC President Hickey.

He added, "On behalf of the European Olympic family, I want to thank Mehriban Aliyeva, and His Excellency President Ilham Aliyev, for delivering the first ever European Games for Azerbaijan and for Europe. Baku 2015 has provided an excellent blueprint for future editions of the European Games."

The EOC Executive Committee held their first meeting of 2016 at the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) Headquarters after the ceremony. The Executive Committee heard reports from the EU Office in Brussels, the head of the Olympic Culture and Education Commission, the Treasurer, the Secretary General, and the organizers of the next European Youth Olympic Festivals. They were also updated about the EOC Seminar taking place from May 20-21 in Tarragona, Spain.

** MARISSA FLANDERS is a graduate of Saint Leo University with a Bachelor's Degree in Sport Business. She has over four years of writing experience and has a real passion for ice hockey following the Pittsburgh Penguins on her blog www.thepenshockeyshow.com.


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