Baku, January 5, AZERTAC
“Last year was of course the year that Europe added the missing fifth ring to the continental games of the world by staging our inaugural European Games in Baku, Azerbaijan,” EOC President Patrick Hickey said in his New Year message.
“Those wonderful 17 days of Games created more headlines and interest in the work of the European Olympic Committees than any previous initiative or program in our history. It was a magnificent event and a great milestone for the EOC and the Olympic Committee of Azerbaijan.”
“But it’s important to remember that the work of all 50 of our NOCs and affiliated organizations continued unabated before, during, and after the Games,” he added.