Chefs de Mission from over 40 countries met in Baku today to receive an update on the preparations for 15th European Youth Olympic Festival from the Baku 2019 Operations Committee.
The Minister of Youth and Sports of Azerbaijan Republic Azad Rahimov, vice president of the National Olympic Committee Chingiz Huseynzade, the head of the Department for Youth Policy and Sport Issues at the Azerbaijani Presidential Administration Yusuf Mamedaliyev, members of the Operations Committee, as well as the head of the European Olympic Committee’s Coordination Commission and Secretary General of the Olympic Committee of Serbia Djordje Visacki attended the meeting in order to take a closer look at the organization of the festival.
The Chefs de Mission, who will lead their National Olympic Committee (NOC) during the Games and are responsible for all their athletes and team officials, as well as representatives of the European Olympic Committee and EOC’s Coordination Commission created specially for Baku 2019, were familiarized with a wide range of topics including athlete accommodation, accreditation, ceremonies and transport operations during the seminar.
The seminar is also designed to provide an opportunity for the Chefs de Mission to familiarise themselves with all aspects of logistical planning and operations ahead of the Summer EYOF, in order that they have the latest information about Baku 2019 and can ensure their teams are prepared accordingly.
“We firmly believe that the athletes participating in the Baku edition of EYOF are the bright future of Europe that will soon be representing their countries at the highest level of success in sport – the Olympics. They are also the messengers of the Olympic spirit and the Olympic movement for their peers and future generations” said Azad Rahimov, the Minister of Youth and Sports of Azerbaijan.
“Today our local function leads will take you through our plans and services focusing on the key aspects of our operations that we believe you’d be most interested in. We would also be delighted to hear your comments and suggestions, so that we could ensure the most comfortable conditions for your athletes.
“We are sure that Azerbaijan will once again amaze the sporting community with its organizational capacity, creativity and experience,” he added.
Speaking at the Chefs de Mission seminar, the head of the European Olympic Committee’s Coordination Commission Djordje Visacki said: "It is a great pleasure to be back in a beautiful city of Baku together with the NOCs of Europe - one of the most important stakeholders of the European Youth Olympic Festival. The EOC is expecting a highly productive series of meetings and I am positive that these meetings will strengthen the ties between the NOCs of Europe and the EYOF Baku 2019."
The Chef de Missions will also have the opportunity to see some of the stadiums and arenas that will be used during the Festival, along with the Athletes Village.
Baku 2019 will feature seven days of competition in 10 sports at 12 competition venues, all of which are already existing, making this edition of the EYOF also one of the most sustainable.
Some 3,600 athletes and team officials are expected to take part, assisted by 2,500 volunteers. The EYOF is the leading European multi-sport event for young athletes aged 14 to 18.