Zagreb, November 25, 2017 - The closing day of the 46th General Assembly of the European Olympic Committees (EOC) passed by in presentations of this year's and future sports events under the auspices of the EOC. It was a logical continuation of the spectacular Olympic presentations - Pyeongchang 2018, Tokyo 2020, Winter Olympics Beijing in 2022 and 2024 in Paris, the hosting city of the Games of the XXXIII Olympiad.
This new serial brought video presentations from this year's events at the European Youth Olympic Festival (EYOF) - the winter edition in Turkish city of Erzurum and the summer edition in Hungarian city of Győr. The presentations of future EYOF events - Sarajevo and Eastern Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina), hosts of the winter edition in 2019, and Baku, the organizer of the summer festival in the same year, came to the spotlight. The report from the XII Games of Small European States, held in San Marino, was also awarded with the applause. Another interesting topic was the presentation of the representative of EOC’s EU Office from Brussels, whose member - of January 1st, 2018 - will be also the Croatian Olympic Committee, opening thus the door for better participation of our sports projects in the EU funds. Finally, the representatives of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), more precisely - the leadership of its European regional office - expressed their opinion on the "purity" of sports in Europe. The decision on the appearance of Russian athletes at the Winter Olympics in 2018 falls under the responsibility of the IOC, so this report has not entered the aforementioned scope of jurisdiction.
The main stage of the hotel Westin Crystal Hall gathered the members (mostly re-elected) of the association leadership, resulting from the electoral part of the Assembly on Friday: President Janez Kocijančič (Slovenia), Vice President Niels Nygaard (Denmark), Secretary General Raffaelle Pagnozzi (Italy) and Treasurer Kikis Lazarides (Cyprus). They were accompanied by the members of the Executive Committee by 2021: Hasan Arat (Turkey), Alejandro Blanco (Spain), Jean-Michel Brun (France), Spyros Capralos (Greece), Daina Gudzineviciute (Lithuania), Liney Rut Halldorsdottir (Iceland), Andrzej Krasnicki (Poland), Jozef Liba (Slovakia), Peter Mennel (Austria), Zlatko Mateša (Croatia), Bill Sweeney (United Kingdom) and Đorđe Višacki (Serbia).
Traditionally, at the end of the Assembly the host of its 47th edition was confirmed – it will be held in the Spanish city of Marbella in 2018.
The Croatian Olympic Committee received congratulations from all sides for the organization of the EOC’s General Assembly in 2017. This was also heard in the final speeches by the leading EOC officials, who awarded on this occasion the Croatian Olympic Committee’s first man Josip Čop, as well as all the participants of organizing services.
- I am very pleased with the EOC’s General Assembly, everything was very well organized and it was my pleasure to work in Zagreb – said the EOC President Janez Kocijančić at the press conference after the 46th General Assembly of the Olympic Association of the Old Continent.
The EOC leader announced the bright future of the European Games project (with the modernization of some competition systems, such as athletics) and better geographical dispersion of future hosts.
(Croatian Olympic Committee/vk)