Olympic Council of Ireland President Pat Hickey led a very successful 40th General Assembly of the European Olympic Committees in Sochi, Russia last week.
Hickey, who has been president of the EOC since 2006, chaired the Assembly throughout the order of business including presenting the eagerly anticipated report on the feasibility of a European multi sport Games from Deloitte.
The Dubliner has long championed the cause of a European multi sport Games and is confident that his vision is close to becoming a reality.
“There is a very good feeling in the Deloitte Report and we think we have a runner here,” he told the waiting media afterwards.
“We will send it to all the NOCs (National Olympic Committees) within two weeks. They will have six weeks to evaluate it and write into us with their comments. Then on the 12th of April at Moscow during of the ANOC (Association of National Olympic Committees) General Assembly we will have an extraordinary general meeting with only one item on the agenda. That will be the European Games and the NOCs will have advise us whether to proceed or not.”
The Assembly, which was attended by 48 NOC’s heard reports on the following topics:
Olympic Games Commission
Marketing and Communication Commission
2009 Olympic Congress Recommendations
Youth and Sport for All Commission
Olympic Culture and Education Commission
Medical and Anti Doping Commission
International Relations Commission
The highlight of the week was undoubtedly the invitation for all EOC delegates to a celebratory dinner for the 100th Anniversary of the Russian NOC in the Kremlin in Moscow. The event was covered live on Russian TV and was attended by a host of dignitaries and VIPs including Russian President Vladimir Putin who was seated alongside President of the IOC Jacques Rogge and his wife Anne, EOC President Hickey and his wife Sylviane.
Hickey and Putin discussed a wide range of topics about the Olympic Movement and of course their mutual love and passion for Judo and thoroughly enjoyed each other’s company as the accompanying photo shows.