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MEHRIBAN ALIYEVA WAS APPOINTED CHAIRPERSON OF THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE OF THE 1ST EUROPEAN OLYMPIC GAMES TO BE HELD IN 2015 IN BAKU

19.01.2013

The decision of the General Assembly of the European Olympic Committee dated December 8, 2012 to hold the 1st European Olympic Games in 2015 in Baku is a great historical event. The fact that Azerbaijan has been entrusted with holding these Games that would be held for the first time in Europe is the appreciation by the International and European Olympic movement of all the works done in our country, including our achievements in the sphere of sport and physical training.

Our sportsmen’s resolute victories in Olympic Games, world and European championships have been highly assessed in the Olympic movement as an obvious example of the care shown toward sports in our republic, and has served the increase of our country’s popularity in the sphere of sport. At the same time, Azerbaijan’s constantly increasing influence in the world, its economic power, dynamic development, large-scale state-of-the-art infrastructure projects, existing public and political stability, as well as public support of reforms have played their essential role in this historical decision. Currently, Baku is one of the most beautiful cities of the world. In general, a modern sport infrastructure has been created in Azerbaijan and relevant processes are continuing in this sphere. All these give us great opportunities to hold the 1st European Olympic Games at the highest level.

Organization of these Games in Baku would contribute to strengthening of our country’s state policy pursued in the sphere of sport and physical training, increasing Azerbaijan’s international influence further and its taking an essential place in the world of sport.

Being guided by Para 32, Article 109 of the Constitution of the Republic of Azerbaijan and with the objective of worthily organizing the 1st European Olympic Games in 2015 in the city of Baku, I decided:

1. to establish an Organising Committee for holding the 1st European Olympic Games in June-July 2015 in the city of Baku to be comprised of the following:

Chairpersonof the Organising Committee

Mehriban Aliyeva - President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, member of the National Olympic Committee’s Executive Committee, Goodwill Ambassador of UNESCO

Members of the Organising Committee

Hajibala Abutalybov - Head of the Baku City Executive Authority, member of the National Olympic Committee of the Republic of Azerbaijan

Azad Rahimov - Minister of Youth and Sport of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Vice-president of the National Olympic Committee of the Republic of Azerbaijan, member of the National Olympic Committee’s Executive Committee

Elmar Mammadyarov - Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan

Shahin Mustafayev - Minister of Economic Development of the Republic of Azerbaijan

Samir Sharifov - Minister of Finance of the Republic of Azerbaijan

Ramil Usubov - Minister of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan

Eldar Mahmudov - Minister of National Security of the Republic of Azerbaijan

Ziya Mammadov - Minister of Transport of the Republic of Azerbaijan, member of the National Olympic Committee of the Republic of Azerbaijan

Ogtay Shiraliyev - Minister of Public Health of the Republic of Azerbaijan

Abulfaz Garayev - Minister of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Azerbaijan

Ali Abbasov - Minister of Communication and Information Technologies of the Republic of Azerbaijan

Ali Asadov - Deputy Head of the Administration of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan

Fatma Abdullazadeh - Head of the Humanitarian Policy Department of the Administration of the President of Azerbaijan, member of the National Olympic Committee of the Republic of Azerbaijan

Elchin Gouliyev - Head of the State Border Service of the Republic of Azerbaijan

Aydin Aliyev - Chairman of the State Customs Committee of the Republic of Azerbaijan

Jahangir Asgarov - President of “Azerbaijan Hava Yollary Closed Joint-stock Company, member of the National Olympic Committee of the Republic of Azerbaijan

Etibar Pirverdiyev - President of “Azerenerji” Open Joint-stock Company

Baba Rzayev - Chairman of “Bakuelektrikshebeke” Open Joint-stock Company

Chingiz Huseynzadeh - Vice-president of the National Olympic Committee of the Republic of Azerbaijan, member of the National Olympic Committee’s Executive Committee

Anar Alakbarov - Director of the Heydar Aliyev Centre

Aghajan Abiyev - General Secretary of the National Olympic Committee of the Republic of Azerbaijan, member of the National Olympic Committee’s Executive Committee

Farhad Hajiyev - Executive Director of the Youth Foundation under the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan

Mikail Jabbarov - Head of the Administration of “Icherisheher” State History and Architecture Reserve

Ilham Madatov - Head of the Azerbaijani Sport Delegation at the 29th and 30th Summer Olympic Games, member of the National Olympic Committee of the Republic of Azerbaijan (secretary of the organization committee)

Namik Abdullayev - Olympic champion, member of the National Olympic Committee’s Executive Committee

Zemfira Meftahaddinova - Olympic champion, member of the National Olympic Committee’s Executive Committee

Farid Mansurov - Olympic champion, member of the National Olympic Committee of the Republic of Azerbaijan

Elnur Mammadli - Olympic champion, member of the National Olympic Committee of the Republic of Azerbaijan

Toghrul Asgarov - Olympic champion

Sharif Sharifov - Olympic champion

2. The Ministry of Youth and Sport of the Republic of Azerbaijan to developed, together with the Baku City Executive Authority and the National Olympic Committee of the Republic of Azerbaijan, a Special Actions Plan on holding the 1st European Olympic Games, and to submit to the Organising Committee.

3. The Organising Committee to solve necessary matters associated with the holding of the 1st European Olympic Games in 2015 in Baku.

4. The Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Azerbaijan to solve matters arising from this Resolution.

Ilham Aliyev

President of the Republic of Azerbaijan

Baku city, 17th January 2013

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