The 43rd General Assembly of the European Olympic Committees has started in Baku.
President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and his wife Mehriban Aliyeva attended the official opening of the two-day event.
The General Assembly is attended by delegates from European national Olympic committees and senior managers of international sports organizations.
The General Assembly will hear reports on a number of topics, including “Olympic Games”, “Marketing and Communication”, “Sport for All, “Olympic Culture and Legacy”, “Medicine and Antidoping”, and “Gender Equality”. It will also provide an insight into the first European Games and hear a report of Baku 2015 European Games Operations Committee.
The agenda of the General Assembly also includes reports on the progress of preparations for 2016 Summer Olympic Games, 2018 Winter Olympic Games and the European Youth Olympic Festival.
President of the International Olympic Committee Thomas Bach and president of the European Olympic Committees Patrick Hickey welcomed President Ilham Aliyev and his wife Mehriban Aliyeva.
The head of state and his wife met with the senior managers of the European Olympic Committees.
President Ilham Aliyev addressed the official opening ceremony.
President of the International Olympic Committee Thomas Bach and president of the European Olympic Committees Patrick Hickey made speeches.
Then Patrick Hickey presented President Ilham Aliyev and his wife Mehriban Aliyeva with souvenirs of the European Olympic Committees.
Patrick Hickey also presented President of the International Olympic Committee Thomas Bach with the Order of Merit, the award of the highest European Olympic Committees distinction, for his contribution to the development of sports globally and his commitment to Olympic ideals.