With support from the Ministry of Youth and Sports and Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix, ‘Baku 2019’ Summer European Youth Olympic Festival Operations Committee held a ‘One Team, One Goal’ sport event for volunteers on June, 8.
The goal of the event was to help volunteers spend time together in a useful and healthy way, getting to know and motivating each other before the tournament.
1500 volunteers, from previous international sport festivals held in Baku, participated at the event. Football, basketball, water volleyball and carting competitions were held between the participants. Winners received cups and various prizes.
‘Baku 2019’ Summer European Youth Olympic Festival Operations Commitee’s corporate director Elchin Safarov noted that there have been increasing number of volunteers in Azerbaijan in the recent years. “We are happy to witness such a growth of volunteers mostly amongst the youth in Azerbaijan. This event will contribute to a team spirit of volunteers, help them integrate into the games, live a healthy lifestyle, promote sport and help volunteers be effective during ‘Baku 2019’ Summer European Youth Olympic Festival”, he added.
Star ambassadors of volunteers were presented during a press conference. Star ambassadors included a philanthropist and TV presenter Hadji Nuran, famous mugham singers Miralam Miralamov and Kamila Nabiyeva, as well as a talented singer Tofiq Hadjiyev and a finalist of “O Ses Türkiye” show Leyla Rahimova.
“We are proud to be ambassadors of the volunteers and be part of such important social programs. It is a wonderful feeling to share joy of victory with the volunteers”, said Hadji Nuran.
The event was succeeded by the ambassadors’ performances.
The EYOF will feature 7 days of competition in 10 sports such as artistic gymnastics, athletics, basketball, cycling, handball, judo, swimming, tennis, volleyball, wrestling, which will be staged in 12 competition venues, all of which are already existing, making this edition of the EYOF also one of the most sustainable. Wrestling will join the programme for the first time in the EYOF history.
Over 3,600 athletes and team officials are expected to take part in ‘Baku 2019’, assisted by 2,500 volunteers.