- 22 Nov 2014
- IOC News
European Olympic Committees and athletes gives ‘full support’ to Olympic Agenda 2020 – and welcome President Bach at EOC General Assembly in Baku
EOC delegates today unanimously passed a resolution publically declaring ‘that they fully support Agenda 2020’. In the resolution the EOC Athletes’ Commission also ‘pledge their full support for Olympic Agenda 2020.’
International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach joined representatives of 49 European NOCs in Baku this week for the 43rd General Assembly, outlining plans for Olympic Agenda 2020, the strategic roadmap for the future of the Olympic Movement that will be debated and agreed in Monaco, December 8th and 9th.
The Azerbaijan capital is preparing to host the European Games in June next year. Baku 2015 will feature more than 6,000 athletes from the NOCs of Europe in 17 days of competition.
Complementing the EOC, President Bach said ‘the best illustration of the vitality and energy of the EOC is the first ever European Games. I am confident of their success. You have the strong support from the Government , the national sports movement as well as the enthusiasm of the people.’
During the General Assembly, the President was awarded the EOC’s highest award the Order of Merit.
Accompanied by EOC President Patrick Hickey and IOC Director of NOC Relations Pere Miro, President Bach also met with President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev. The two leaders discussed Olympic Agenda 2020 and the important role that sport can play in the positive development of society. President Aliyev outlined his plans for the development of the nation including how sport will be used in this transformation.
On Thursday, President Bach was awarded an Honorary Doctor’s Degree by the Azerbaijan State Academy of Physical Training and Sports.