POSTED: October 23rd 2016

EOC General Assembly confirms Minsk for the 2019 European Games

 European Olympic Committee new logo © EOC
European Olympic Committee new logo © EOC

MARISSA FLANDERS (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The 45th European Olympic Committee (EOC) General Assembly came to an end in Minsk with acting EOC President, Janez Kocijančič expressing the two days as 'crucial' for the Olympic Movement in Europe.

Kocijančič stated, "This General Assembly was crucially important. We needed to take vital decisions, and we have done that. We have agreed to help Patrick Hickey prove his innocence and return to Ireland, we have chosen Minsk to host the European Games in 2019 and we have launched a new and innovative corporate identity."

The first day of the General Assembly saw Vuokatti, Finland, and Košice, Slovakia being awarded the Winter and Summer editions for the 2021 European Youth Olympic Festival, respectively.

Also, the new brand architecture and identity for the EOC was outlined to members, who had played their part in an innovative reveal ceremony that was held during the welcome dinner. The new corporate identity consists of blue and azure colors, which creates a 50-piece mosaic that represents the EOC's 50 member nations.

The first day concluded with 17-year-old pole vaulter, Emmanouil Karalis being awarded the Piotr Nurowski prize for being the Best European Young Athlete of the year.

The Assembly's second day consisted of various key activities, such as presentations by World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Chief Operating Officer, Frédéric Donzé and Head of Olympic Games Services, Toshio Tsurunaga. Tsurunaga's presentation drew attention to the fact that 48% of the medals at Rio 2016 were won by European athletes. Also, the European Olympic Laurel awards were given out on day two of the Assembly.

"I am delighted that the future of the European Games is assured. The Games are an important event for European athletes and have a key role to play in helping them reach the Olympic Games by offering qualification opportunities and vital experience of a major multi-sport event," expressed Kocijančič.

The 46th EOC General Assembly is set to take place in Zagreb, Croatia in 2017.

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