The 4th European Olympic Committees (EOC) Executive Committee meeting of 2018 took place today in Marbella, Spain, with discussions centred on the European Sport Model and the European Games Minsk 2019.
The Executive Committee was welcomed to Marbella by Spanish National Olympic Committee President and ExCo Member Alejandro Blanco.
EOC Secretary General Raffaele Pagnozzi and EOC Treasurer Kikis Lazarides provided reports ahead of their presentations to the 47th General Assembly, being held in Marbella on 9-10 November.
A discussion on the European Sport Model was chaired by EOC President Janez Kocijančič, who said the European National Olympic Committees are the right bodies to develop and oppose competing models that are primarily based on money and treat athletes as assets.
“This is the start of a new way of thinking,” the EOC President said. “We cannot resist the new model in a passive way. We must be proactive and develop ways to protect and promote the European Sport Model, which starts at the grassroots level and reaches up to the Olympic Games. We must be better.”
International Olympic Committee (IOC) Olympic Solidarity Director Pere Miró, who attended the meeting, said the EOC had the support of the IOC and its president, Thomas Bach, in defending the European Sport Model.
A progress report on the European Games Minsk 2019 was delivered by Coordination Commission Chair Sypros Capralos, supported by European Games Executive Director Simon Clegg and Senior Consultant Pierce O’Callaghan.
Minsk European Games Organising Committee (MEGOC) CEO George Katalin told the ExCo that significant progress had been made in a number of areas in recent months.
“We now have over 300 full-time staff, a number that will grow to 450 by the end of year – when we were under 40 full-time staff in January 2018,” Katulin said. He added that the Games’ mascot would be launched on 29 November on national TV in Belarus, two days before ticket sales start, with the flame lighting ceremony to take place on 3 May in Rome.
Reports on the 2019 Sarajevo & East Sarajevo Winter European Youth Olympic Festival and the 2019 Baku Summer European Youth Olympic Festival were also delivered along with a recap of the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games and the 133rd IOC Session.
The next EOC Executive Committee meeting will be held in Lausanne, Switzerland on 25 January 2019.