The meeting was attended by Azad Rahimov, Minister of Youth and Sport of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Chingiz Huseynzade, vice-president of the Azerbaijan Olympic Committee, the Organization Committee members, including Djordje Visacki, Chair of the Coordination Commission of the European Olympic Committees (EOC) and Secretary General of the Serbian National Olympic Committee, Líney Rut Halldórsdóttir, member of the EOC Coordination Commission and Secretary General of the Icelandic National Olympic Committee and Said Fazlagić, member of the EOC Coordination Commission and Secretary General of the National Olympic Committee of Bosnia and Herzegovina who got full update on the current state of preparation for the Youth Festival.
During the meeting the participants discussed the work undertaken by the ‘Baku 2019’ Organizing Committee to date in preparation for the 2019 summer European Youth Olympic Festival including the sport competition schedule, the status of Athletes Village, NOC engagement plans, the volunteer program and other important issues.
It should be noted that during their stay in Baku, the officials of the European Olympic Committees have also visited the National Gymnastics Arena, Baku Aquatics Center, Baku Sports Hall, Athletes Village and other sports venues.
The European Youth Olympic Festival will take place in Baku on 20-28 July 2019. The opening ceremony of the Festival is scheduled for 21 July. In total, over 3600 athletes and team officials from 50 European countries are expected to visit Azerbaijan to join the Festival’s competitions. The competitions consisting of 10 sports (Artistic Gymnastics, Athletics, Basketball, Cycling, Handball, Judo, Swimming, Tennis, Volleyball, and Wrestling) will involve over 2500 volunteers.
Note, the country hosting EYOF gets the right to participate in all the competitions without passing the pre-qualification round.