22 November 2013
The General Assembly of the European Olympic Committees opened its 42nd session in Rome
The opening ceremony of the 42nd General Assembly of the European Olympic Committees (EOC) was held in Rome, on Friday, November 22. The delegates of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) headed by its President and a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Alexander Zhukov were present and took part in the work of the General Assembly.
EOC President Patrick Hickey, IOC President Thomas Bach, President of the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) , AND Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah welcomed the participants and guests of the General Assembly.
It should be noted that the election of a new president, general secretary, vice president and treasurer of the organization that will lead the organization through the year 2017 is one of the main agendas of the meeting. There is only one contender for the EOC presidency – the sitting EOC President Patrick Hickey.
Also a new Executive Committee will be appointed during this General Assembly. From Russia the Honorary Vice-President of the ROC Alexander Kozlovsky will compete for a seat on the new Executive Committee.
During the two days of the General Assembly, the participants will review the reports of the organizing committees of the host countries on the results of the 2013 Winter and Summer European Youth Olympic Festivals (EYOF) held in Brasov (Romania) and Utrecht (Netherlands). Presentations on the upcoming winter and summer EYOF that will take place in Voralberg and Liechtenstein (Austria, Liechtenstein) and Tbilisi (Georgia) in 2015, and the Youth Olympic Summer Games that will take place in Buenos Aires (Argentina) in 2018 will be delivered to the participants.
The world’s major sporting events such as the Olympic Games and the Olympic Winter Games won’t be left without attention. The progress reports related to Sochi 2014, Rio de Janeiro 2016, PyeongChang 2018 and Tokyo 2020 will also be presented to the General Assembly.
In addition, reports on the preparations for the II Summer Youth Olympic Games that will take place in Nanjing (China) in 2014 , the II Winter Youth Olympic Games that will take place in Lillehammer (Norway) in 2016 and the 2015 European Games that will take place in Baku will be presented.
The participants of the General Assembly will highlight the achievements of both individual athletes and of sports officials of the European continent. In the framework of this event 2 award ceremonies will take place – the winner of the 3rd Piotr Nurowski, Best European young athlete Prize, and the winner of Laurel Award for outstanding achievement in the promotion of sports in the country and the strengthening of ties between the National Olympic Committees of Europe will be announced. The Head of the Sector for Cooperation with the all-Russian sports federations Valery Kuvaev claims the latter among four other candidates.