Baku 2015 European Games competition manager honoured by European Athletics Association

Baku 2015 European Games competition manager honoured by European Athletics Association

Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct. 14

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Baku 2015 European Games Athletics competition manager Maharram Sultanzade has been honoured by the European Athletics Association for his hard work and dedication.

Mr Sultanzade received the prestigious European Athletics Coaching Award on Saturday night at the Golden Tracks gala dinner in front of invited guests including Lord Sebastian Coe, International Association of Athletics Federations Vice-President, Baku 2015 European Games Operation Committee (BEGOC) told Trend.

The award was in recognition of his outstanding skills and achievements over a long and successful career as a world class international coach with experience in a number of different countries.

"Maharram is a perfect example of the human legacy of organising the European Games and how it is changing people's lives, inspiring them to better themselves and develop new skills," Mr Simon Clegg, Chief Operating Officer of Baku 2015, said.

"In the last nine months since Maharram moved from coaching athletes on the track to an office environment he has excelled in everything he has done and become an invaluable team leader.

"His award is fully deserved and yet another example of the strength and expertise we are fortunate to have in our team here at Baku 2015."

It was the first time that an Azerbaijani national has been awarded the European Athletics Coaching Award.

"I was very happy and extremely proud because it is the first big award from European Athletics for my country and me," Mr Sultanzade said. "As a coach, I prepared high-level athletes who achieved good results and also as a head coach of the national team in the last eight years, we achieved good performances at both World and European level."

Mr Sultanzade also recently helped to train 150 officials to the standard of National Technical Officials and was Competition Director of the European Youth Olympic Trials in Baku in June, which received widespread praise from European Athletics.

At the Golden Tracks awards ceremony, French pole vaulter Renaud Lavillenie and sprinter Dafne Schippers of the Netherlands were named European Athletes of the Year.

Meanwhile, the Rising Star awards were won by sprinter Adam Gemili from Great Britain and high jumper Mariya Kuchina from Russia.

Baku 2015 is the first ever European Games, an exciting and innovative multi-sport event for the continent which will take place from 12 - 28 June 2015.

There will be a total of 20 sports at Baku 2015: 16 Olympic sports and four non-Olympic sports. More than 6,000 athletes from across Europe will be representing their nations over 17 days of competition.

Eleven of the sports will offer qualification opportunities for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Those sports include Archery, Athletics, Boxing, Cycling, Shooting, Swimming, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Triathlon, Wrestling and Volleyball.

Baku was awarded the Games by the European Olympic Committees (EOC) in December 2012. The Baku European Games Operations Committee (BEGOC) will organise and run the Games in co-operation with the EOC.

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