12 June 2019

The EOC Coordination Commission for the EYOF Baku 2019 met in the Azeri capital on 11 June.

Led by EOC Executive Committee Member Djordje Visacki, the Commission discussed with Baku 2019 Operations Committee the last phase of preparations, including competition schedule, statistics, risk management, marketing campaigns, relations with NOCs.

“Assessing the level of readiness of Baku for the upcoming youth multisport event for the last time, we can confidently say that the city is fully ready to host such a large-scale event,” said Djordje Visacki. “We are sure that athletes and fans will be fascinated with the competitions and staging of the event”.

This was the third and last meeting of the Coordination Commission, after the visits held in July 2018 and January 2019.

Minister of Youth and Sports of Azerbaijan Azad Rahimov, Vice President of the National Olympic Committee Chingiz Huseynzadeh, along with Secretary General deputy of the National Olympic Committee Azer Aliyev were also in attendance.

“It is hard to believe that a year passed so quickly since the first discussions on the 15th Summer EYOF,” said the Minister of Youth and Sports of Azerbaijan Azad Rahimov. “With only 40 days to go, I can proudly say that we have worked hard and are ready to host the 3,600 athletes and their fans who are coming to our country in July.”

the European Olympic Committee Peter Brull Sports Director and EOC Executive Board Member of Antidoping Commission Haydar Demirel gave their contributions in solving operational matters.

Latest preparations for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies at Baku Crystal Hall were also discussed.

The 15th Summer EYOF will feature seven days of competition in 10 sports including wrestling, tennis, basketball, handball, swimming, volleyball, cycling, athletics, artistic gymnastics, judo. The 12 competition venues involved are all pre-existing facilities, ensuring the sustainability of the Olympic Agenda 2020. Wrestling will join the EYOF programme for the first time this year.

Some 3,600 athletes and team officials are expected to take part in Baku 2019, along with 2,500 volunteers.