"It was a fantastic experience for 12,500 volunteers," Chief Operating Officer of Baku European Games Operation Committee (BEGOC) Simon Clegg told in his interview to AZERTAC, SIA informs.
"One thing I am sure about is that many people in Azerbaijan now know much more about many different sports they did just 20 days ago. The people who have experienced in the firsthand in the venues or watching it on the television screens have been educated in sports they knew very little about. And hopefully that will inspire them to take up more sports. In terms of around the world, this has been very well received through the broadcasters. I have absolutely no doubt that the European Games now have the very firm position in the highly complicated, complex and congested sports calendar across whole of the globe. I think all of the athletes are already looking forward to the European Games in 2019."
On the physical legacy, we have five new facilities here – the new Olympic Stadium, National Gymnastics Arena, the Aquatic Centre, the BMX facility and, of course, a wonderful new shooting range. We have also some temporary facilities that have been upgraded for the Games, like Baku Sports Hall and Heydar Aliyev Arena.
But in terms of human legacy, we have some 2,000 Azerbaijani full-time members of staff from the BEGOC who are experienced in organizing major multi-sports events, who will be better positioned to help deliver Formula-1 next year, Chess Championship next year, Islamic Solidarity Games in 2017, and four matches of Euro 2020 European Football Championships at the end of this decade. Other elements of human legacy are, of course, the volunteers. It was a fantastic experience for 12,500 volunteers who participated in the flamekeepers` program and 5,000 volunteers who contributed so amazingly to the Opening and Closing ceremonies.