Brian Cookson is on a visit to Azerbaijan in order to attend the opening ceremony of the first European Games Baku 2015.
At the meeting, Fazil Mammadov said that competitions on three types of cycling will be held during the European Games. “In this regard, appropriate infrastructure has been established in the country,” Mammadov said. “BMX Bike Park and mountain bike park, which will be used during the European Games, fully meet the standards of the International Cycling Union.”
He said that cycling has been developing rapidly in the country in recent years.
Cookson said that more than 300 athletes will participate in the cycling events at the first European Games and they will all get a chance to score points for the license to take part in the Olympic Games in Brazil in 2016.
Despite the fact that Azerbaijan is a young country, which joined the International Cycling Union, cycling is developing rapidly here, he said.
“The level of training of Azerbaijani cyclists is high,” said Cookson.
Issues for holding the BMX World Championship in 2018 in Azerbaijan were also discussed at the meeting.
Baku 2015 is the first-ever European Games, an exciting and innovative multi-sport event for the continent that began June 12 and will last until June 28, 2015.
There will be a total of 20 sports at Baku 2015: 16 Olympic sports and four non-Olympic sports. More than 6,000 athletes from across Europe will be representing their nations over 17 days of competition.
Baku was awarded the games by the European Olympic Committees (EOC) in December 2012.