Azerbaijan, Baku, Sept. 25 / Trend M. Aliyev /
Azerbaijan is considering holding the first European Olympic Games in Baku as an important action for holding prestigious Olympic Games in the future.
"We believe the first European Olympic Games to be held in Baku in 2015, is an important action for holding great Olympic Games in our country in the future," Youth and Sports Minister Azad Rahimov said at a workshop organised by the French embassy and dedicated to the preparation for the first European Olympic Games. "Alongside this, we believe these games will provide the country's youth with positive energy."
The minister stressed that such an event can make a contribution to the fight against drug and alcohol abuse among young people.
While speaking about the sports infrastructure in Azerbaijan, Rahimov noted that along with the new complexes, the existing sports facilities will be used during the games.
"We will use the existing sports facilities, playgrounds and arenas during the games," he said. "But I want to note that we have started the construction of new sports complexes before gaining the right to host the European Olympic Games."
The minister also said that besides staying at hotels, temporary housing will be created for tourists in Baku.
Chief operating officer of the first European Olympic Jim Scherr said that a goal was set for the committee to hold the games at the highest level.
"We aim to use the funds allocated for the preparation for these games efficiently," he said. "Two years remain. We have a programme and an action plan for organising the competitions on 19 types of sport."
A decision was made at the General Assembly of the European Olympic Committee in December 2012 to hold the first European Olympic Games in Baku in 2015. The organising committee, chaired by the First Lady, president of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, Mehriban Aliyeva was established to ensure the successful holding of this important event.
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