July 21, ‘Baku 2019’ European Youth Olympic Festival (EYOF) Operations Committee held press conference to discuss final preparations.
Press conference was attended by the Minister of Youth and Sports of Republic of Azerbaijan Azad Rahimov, National Olympic Committee vice president Chingiz Huseynzade, European Olympic Committee president Janez Kocijancic and the head of European Olympic Committee’s Coordination Commission Djordje Visacki.
Greeting all guests of XV Summer European Youth Olympic Festival in Baku Azad Rahimov said: “Baku will once again host big international event. All the competition venues, Athletes Village and the City in general are ready for the event. All the athletes and National Olympic Committee members have already been accommodated at the Athletes Village. We are sure that 7 days of competitions involving 48 countries will leave great memories to sport fans, journalists, and the athletes themselves.”
According to his words, Azerbaijan will be represented by 122 athletes at the Festival, mostly by wrestlers and athletes. ‘Baku 2019’ athletes will compete in 10 sports – gymnastics, athletics, basketball, cycling, handball, judo, swimming, tennis, volleyball and wrestling.
European Olympic Committee president Janez Kocijancic expressed his pleasure of visiting Baku once again and his confidence in a high-level organisation of the Festival.
During the press conference journalists were introduced with the summary of preparation works, overall statistics, as well as it was noted that there is a high interest in the Festival and, as a result, Opening and Closing Ceremony tickets are sold out.
In addition, it was also stated that all the athletes of XV Summer European Youth Olympic Festival have been successfully accommodated at the Athletes Village.
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 3,500 volunteers.
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