February 12, 2015

Presentation of the Baku-2015 First European Games takes place in Romania

Presentation of the Baku-2015 First European Games took place at the National Olympic Committee of Romania, with the joint organizational support of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation and the Embassy of Azerbaijan in Romania, and media support from AzerTAg and Agerpress.


Heads of Romanian sports federations, Romanian sportsmen to take part in the Baku-2015 First European Games, intelligentsia, state officials, heads of the country’s leading tourism companies, representatives of state and non-state entities, Azerbaijanis living in this country, as well as journalists attended the ceremony.


Director of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation’s Romanian Representative Office Igbal Hajiyev noted that preparation for the Games are continuing on the highest level, and emphasized the support provided by President Ilham Aliyev and Azerbaijan’s First Lady, Chairperson of the First European Games Organizing Committee Mehriban Aliyeva towards ensuring the high level holding of the competitions. He gave information about the newly constructed and reconstructed facilities to be used for holding the competitions. Igbal Hajiyev talked about the conditions created for sportsmen, the Olympic Village, Icherisheher, the Seaside Park, the Heydar Aliyev International Airport, and a media centre provided for mass media representatives.    


Then a documentary about the European Games was shown.


Chairperson of the Romanian National Olympic Committee Alin Petrake, Minister of Youth and Sport of Romania, Olympic champion Gabriela Szabo too delivered a speech. They highly assessed the works carried out by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation in Romania in the humanitarian, social and sports fields, as well as towards strengthening relations between the two nations. 


Azerbaijani Ambassador to Romania Farid Abdinbeyov talked about the Olympic complexes created in Azerbaijan, growing interest of the country’s youth in sport, and the care shown by the state towards the youth.


Head of the international relations department of the Azerbaijan National Olympic Committee and the Athletic Federation Konul Nurullayeva talked about the reasons why Baku was chosen to hold the first European Games, and emphasized that Azerbaijan has always been ready to host such high-level events.


Then participants of the event were presented the video appeal of President of the European Olympic Committee Patrick Hickey. He thanked the Organizing Committee founded in connection with the Baku-2015 First European Games for the high level works.


After the presentation ceremony, a dinner-party was arranged at the Romanian National Olympic Committee.


The event was covered by Romanian mass media, TVR1 TV channel, and Agerpress national news agency’s video portal.