The EOC General Assembly celebrated European and Polish sport in Warsaw

On 25-26 October, the General Assembly of the European Olympic Committees (EOC) was held in Warsaw, hosted by the Polish Olympic Committee (POC). ENGSO, a long-time partner of the EOC was represented at the event by our President, Stefan Bergh. The General Assembly was also the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the POC, and numerous side events were held in commemoration of the rich history of the Olympic movement in Poland.

The first day of the Assembly started with welcome addresses from Mr Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee and Mr Janez Kocijančič, President of the EOC. Both sports leaders highlighted the importance of good governance and solidarity in the world of sports. Later on, the General Assembly resumed with numberous reports, including the ones of EOC General Secretary Mr Raffaele Pagnozzi, who reported on the activities of the EOC Head Office.

Speakers of the first morning. Browse through the gallery by clicking on the arrows.

(Photo credits: Polish Olympic Committee)

In the afternoon, the final report of the second edition of the European Games, Minsk2019 was showcased, and it was succeeded by an introductory presentation of the upcoming European Games. The third edition of this multi-sport event will be held in Kraków and the Małopolska region in 2023.

The General Assembly was also addressed by Mr Andrzej Kraśnicki, President of POC and Mr Witold Bańka, Minister of Sport and Tourism of Poland. Mr Bańka – who is soon-to-be President of the World Anti-Doping Agency – reminded everyone to the importance of protecting the integrity of sport.

Later in the afternoon, several presentations were held about the Olympic Games, including the progress report of the upcoming Summer Games in Tokyo in 2020 and the next Winter Games in Beijing in 2022.

Mr František Chmelár, former Executive Committee Member of the EOC and President of the Slovak Olympic Committee received the EOC Order of Merit for his lifelong service to sport and the Olympic Movement.

In the morning of the second day, the final report on Montenegro2019, the Games of the Small States of Europe and a report from the World Anti-Doping Agency were presented. Also, there were presentations held on the two most recent European Youth Olympic Festivals (EYOF), followed by the progress reports of the two upcoming ones. Earlier this year Sarajevo and East Sarajevo hosted the 14th winter edition, while Baku held the 15th summer edition. The next events will be held in Vuokatti in Finland and in Banská Bystrica in Slovakia.

These presentations were followed by the announcement of the candidate cities and regions for the 2025 winter and summer EYOFs. Borjomi and Bakuriani in Georgia are candidates for the winter EYOF, while Czech city, Brno candidates for the summer EYOF in 2025. It was also announced that the next two EOC GAs will be held Istanbul and in Athens.

The two-day Assembly concluded with a fascinating gala, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the POC. During the evening, the candidates for the ninth summer edition of the Piotr Nurowski Prize were presented and the election was held. At the end of the voting, Ukrainian high jumper Yaroslava Mahuchikh was announced the Best European Young Athlete and received a €15,000 scholarship to support her sporting career and education.

Yaroslava Mahuchikh with the Best European Young Athlete prize (Photo credit: Polish Olympic Committee)
Yaroslava Mahuchikh with the Best European Young Athlete prize (Photo credit: Polish Olympic Committee)

Our President, Stefan Bergh attended the event and was very pleased with its organisation:

Stefan Bergh at the General Assembly
Stefan Bergh at the General Assembly

“The EOC General Assembly in Warsaw, hosted by the Polish Olympic Committee, was an impressive event. Almost all National Olympic Committees were represented and the meeting was very well-organised. As in conjunction with the event, the Polish Olympic Committee celebrated its 100th anniversary, numerous senior representatives from different areas of the Polish society have come to convey the regards to the Polish NOC. During the GA, several interventions have been made concerning European sport policy issues and for me, it is obvious that there are many areas where ENGSO and the EOC have the same ambitions. The most obvious example is that both are committed to safeguarding the European Sport Model. In my capacity as ENGSO President I have had several important talks with ENGSO member organisations and also with other important stakeholders in sport. Next year ENGSO will gather some of the different stakeholders in sport to discuss how we can extend our cooperation”, described Stefan Bergh.