Baku, May 5, AZERTAC
National Olympic Committee of the Republic of Azerbaijan issued a statement in which it accuses the "Amnesty International" organization of disseminating of inaccurate, biased information in connection with the forthcoming European Games.
The statement says: “Inaccurate and biased information that has been disseminated by "Amnesty International" organization 100 days before the start of the European Games is nothing but another provocation.
President of the Swedish Olympic Committee Stefan Lindeberg's baseless and slanderous opinions about Azerbaijan while speaking about the first European Games to be held in Baku during his interview with 'Aftonbladet' newspaper are nothing but a provocation aimed at discrediting the European games in public and to slander Azerbaijan.”
The statement also called the appeal of the Olympic Committee of Sweden to the European Olympic Committee regarding the repression in Azerbaijan a hypocrisy.
"In contrast to the above, taking into account the fact that the Azerbaijani mass media respect the thoughts of foreign journalists who visited Azerbaijan, the expressed thoughts are untrue.
As for the costs of participation in the games and stay of the Swedish team by the Organizing Committee of the European Games "Baku-2015", it applies to all teams, not just Swedish. Travel expenses, accommodation and meals will be paid.
Azerbaijan's doors are open for everyone. We hope that after gaining great success in the first European Games, people will acknowledge more closely and put an end to such provocations against us.”