A two-day European Olympic Committee Coordination Commission meeting started on June, 11, led by Secretary General of the Olympic Committee of Serbia Djordje Visacki.
This is a third meeting of Coordination Commission. The previous two were held in July 2018 and January 2019, respectively.
The meeting was attended by the Minister of Youth and Sports of Azerbaijan Azad Rahimov, Vice President of the National Olympic Committee Chingiz Huseynzadeh, Secretary General deputy of the National Olympic Committee Azer Aliyev as well as Coordination Commission members, who are visiting Baku to get introduced to preparations, Secretary General of the Olympic Committee of Iceland Liney Rut Halldorsdottir, Secretary General of the Olympic Committee of Bosnia and Herzegovina Said Fazlagić, Sports Director of the European Olympic Committee Peter Brull, and EOC Executive Board Member of Antidoping Commission Haydar Demirel.
“It is hard to believe that a year passed so quickly since we discussed XV Summer European Youth Olympic Festival for the first time. Now we have 40 days left until the Festival and I can confidently say that we have done a great amount of preparation work. We are almost ready for the event. Today we will review completed works and have an exchange of ideas,” said the Minister of Youth and Sports of Azerbaijan Azad Rahimov.
The meeting included discussions on preperation works performed by ‘Baku 2019’ Summer European Youth Olympic Festival Operations Committee, competition schedule, statistics, risk management, marketing campaigns, establishing connections between National Olympic Commitees, and other important topics.
“Assessing the level of readiness of Baku for the upcoming festival for the last time, we can confidently say that the city is fully ready to host such a large-scale event. We are sure, that athletes and fans will be fascinated with the brilliant organization of competitions,” said Djordje Visacki.
European Olympic Committee officials got introduced to the latest preparations for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies at Baku Crystal Hall as well.
The EYOF will feature seven days of competition in 10 sports such as wrestling, tennis, basketball, handball, swimming, volleyball, cycling, athletics, artistic gymnastics, judo at 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 EYOF programme for the first time this year.
Some 3,600 athletes and team officials are expected to take part in Baku 2019, assisted by 2,500 volunteers.