XV Summer European Youth Olympic Festival Operations Committee held last press conference

July 27, XV Summer European Youth Olympic Festival Operations Committee held last press conference.

Press conference was attended by Minister of Youth and Sports of Republic of Azerbaijan Azad Rahimov, vice president of the National Olympic Committee Chingiz Huseynzade, vice president of European Olympic Committee Niels Nygaard and head of European Olympic Committees Coordination Commission Djordje Visacki.  

Relying on athletes’ and guests’ opinions, Azad Rahimov mentioned success of ‘Baku 2019’ Summer EYOF and reminded that 115 award ceremony was held of total 135. He also noted that Russia leads in the medals table, followed by host nation Azerbaijan. 

“Young athletes left such a remarkable impression with their hard work and diligence that they recommended themselves as professionals to be compared with Olympic champions. I hope that the Festival will inspire them for the future achievements. I also believe that the guests leave our city with great memories. I wish them all safe travel,” he added. 

Minister also noted high interest of sport fans in the games, especially in handball, athletics, swimming with all the afternoon session tickets sold out, while in judo, wrestling and gymnastics extra seats were organised due to high demand. 

Mr. Rahimov also mentioned important role of media representatives with about 110-120 journalists covering competitions each day. Minister also noted high importance of “Olympic Culture and Education Programme”, “New Leaders Sport Leadership Programme” and “Doping Prevention Monitoring Programme”. 

Vice president of European Olympic Committees Niels Nygaard expressed his gratitude to Azerbaijan for such a high-end organisation of the Festival as well as his belief that ‘Baku 2019’ will leave a place in the history of sport competitions for youth. 

Q&A was held in the end.  

Information support by AZERTAG.