"I am incredibly satisfied with the results. I think this is the huge reflection of the significant amount of hard work that has been undertaken by many people in BEGOC and also the government, ministries and other government agencies over the last 30 months," Chief Operating Officer of Baku European Games Operation Committee (BEGOC) Simon Clegg said in his interview to AZERTAC, SIA informs.
We had to compress normally six or seven years of planning for Olympic Games or Asian or Pan American Games into just 30 months. And this would not have been possible unless we have had great leadership and great cooperation from a number of different organizations. So, looking back on the 17 days of the Games I think undoubtedly it has been a huge success.
We have had unbelievable support from President Ilham Aliyev. There is no doubt there would not be the European Games were not it for the vision of President Ilham Aliyev and unless he was prepared to take the risks to say that Azerbaijan would organize this event in just 30 months.
And I have to say that I feel hugely honoured to receive Dostlug Order from President Ilham Aliyev. It is a great privilege for someone from outside Azerbaijan to be recognized in this way. For me personally to receive it from the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan is great privilege. But, of course, we also need to recognize a huge amount of other people who have also done a significant amount of work to ensure the success of the Games.
Of course, the Organizing Committee has also been very supportive. Particularly we are very grateful to the leadership that we have had from first lady of Azerbaijan, Chair of the Baku 2015 Organizing Committee Mehriban Aliyeva and, of course, Azad Rahimov, Minister of Youth and Sport and CEO of BEGOC.