Olympic Council of Ireland supremo, Patrick Hickey is assured a new term as president of the European Olympic Committees , when the vote General Assembly takes place in Rome on November 22/23.When nominations closed there were no other candidates for the position.
Another four-year term means that the Dubliner will be in charge to oversee the staging of the inaugural European Games in Baku in 2015, an event that has been very much Hickey’s baby. “I am delighted to be the single candidate, I hope it shows that my colleagues are happy with my work at the EOC” said Hickey.
“I have worked hard to make the European Games become a reality,”
“The European Games have been talked about for decades. The EOC has decided that now is the time for Europe to have its continental Games. So, for the benefit of the athletes of Europe we are very pleased to welcome everyone to the first European Games in June of 2015 in the vibrant and beautiful seaside city of Baku, Azerbaijan. These games will reflect the energy and unity of Europe and bring new and meaningful competitions to our athletes as well as bind the European NOCs together with one common goal.”
Hickey, who is also Vice-President of the Association of National Olympic Committees, commented. “I hope my efforts will be appreciated and I get the backing of the Assembly for another term. That would give me a privilege to experience the first European Games as head of the organisation. My enthusiasm is still there and the dedication never wavered. I know I can give more so I will be seeking the support of member delegates in the EOC vote.”
There will be a new vice president. Slovenia’s Janez Kocijancic is the only candidate to file for the post previously held by Russia’s Alexander Kozlovsky, now one of 20 candidates for 12 seats on the executive committee. Among the other 20 candidates is Sebastian Coe, chairman of the British Olympic Association and ex-chair of London 2012 has made a late decision to stand for the Executive Board at the election during the EOC General Assembly in Rome on November 22/23 weekend .
The EOC election will take place during the general assembly in Rome November 22 and 23. Hickey also expects ex-IOC president Jacques Rogge to attend; Rogge was EOC president for 10 years prior to heading the IOC. New IOC president Thomas Bach is expected as well as is Association of National Olympic Committees president Sheikh Ahmad Al Sabah. It is also expected the EOC has an audience with sports-loving Pope Francis.
The Opening Ceremony of the inaugural European Games 2015, a historical event for the European world of sports and culture, will be taking place on Friday, 12 June 2015 and the Closing Ceremony on Sunday, 28 June 2015.
Here you can listen to Hickey discussing the 2015 European Games at which it is expected that one of Ireland’s main Gold Medal hopes once again will be boxer Katie Taylor.