President of the European Olympic Committees (EOC), Patrick Hickey, has predicted Baku 2015 "will set the standard for multi-sport events the world over" after concluding his latest visit to the city.
Hickey, who is also a member of the International Olympic Committee's Executive Board and President of the Olympic Council of Ireland, was updated on developments by Baku 2015 officials and also discussed preparations for next summer's Games with the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev.
"To see the significant progress made in recent months by the Baku 2015 team was extremely encouraging and it was a valuable opportunity to receive an extended update on the developed and improved sports programme," said Hickey.
"I am more than confident that Baku 2015 will fulfil our vision of an innovative and sustainable first edition of the European Games."
Hickey, who was a special guest at the signing ceremony as State Oil Company of the Republic of Azerbaijan were announced as an official partner of the Games on Saturday (September 20), gave a speech to the international media where he explained the EOCs' vision for the continent's inaugural multi-sport event and the lasting benefits for Azerbaijan in hosting the European Games.
Simon Clegg, chief operating officer of Baku 2015, said: "It is always an honour to have President Hickey visit and this was another useful opportunity to update him on all of our plans.
"It is reassuring that the EOC President is confident with our progress.
"As we move towards the inaugural European Games, his vision and guidance will inspire our entire team towards delivering an event that we believe will make all of Europe proud."
As part of the visit, Hickey viewed Baku 2015's new headquarters and the new terminal at the Heydar Aliyev International Airport.
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