39th General Assembly of the European Olympic Committees, Belgrade

President of Montenegrin Olympic Committee Dušan Simonović participated in the work of 39th Regular General Assembly of EOC, organised in Belgrade on 26th and 27th November.

At the Assembly were present delegates from all 49 European National Olympic Committees as well as numerous representatives from other European and international sport federations and institutions, organisational committees of forthcomming sport events from the Olympic programme, including delegation of the International olympic Committee led by iots President, Jacques Rogge.

In their opening statements, both President Rogge and Patrick Hickey, the President of EOC, stressed importance of the future priorities of the Olympic movement – fight against illegel betting and doping in sport, promotion of sport among youth, contribution to development of healthy lifestyles and protection of environment, including bigger support and help for athletes.

At the official Opening ceremony, posthumously was awarded recognition by „EOC Medal for merits“ to Piotr Nurowski, former President of the Olympic Committee of Poland and member of the Executive Committee who died in plane accident near Smolenski.

Delegates listened to activity reports of EOC, ANOC and the Olympic Solidarity of MOC, as well as those of EOC Commissions, including newly established ones. Great interest was shown for the report of the Work Group for creation of feasibility study for organisation of the European Games, multi-sport competition such already exist on other continents, and about firts steps made in that direction.

Executive Director for the Olympic Games within IOC, Gilbert Felli, and representatives from Organisational Committees of the London 2012. Olympic Games and 2014. Socci, informed delegates about progress in preparations for the forthcomming Olympic Games. EOC Assembly also saw presentations about preparations for the European Youth Olympic Festivals (EYOF), Winter in Liberec (Czech Republic) 2011. and Brasov (Russia) 2013. As well as summer in Trabzon (Turkey) 2011. and Utrecht (Netherlands) 2013. Including also Games of Small States of Europe in Lichtenstein 2011.

Final report on the first Youth Olympic Games in Singapore 2010. was presented, and for its immaculate organisation Singapore got all praises. First winter Youth Olympic Games will be held in Innsbruck 2012.

First day of the session was dedicated to 15 minute presentations of candidate host cities for 23rd Winter Olympic Games – Munchen (Germany), Annecy (France) and Pyong Chang (Republc Korea). Final decision about the host city of the Games 2018. Will be made by IOC on its session in Durban, South Africa on 6th July 2011. Despite the fact that two European cities are candidates for the host, President of EOC, Patrick Hickey, stressed that all candidate cities will have same treatment and attention.
At its 39th Assembly, members of EOC made several important decisions. For EOC representatives in the Executive Committee of ANOC were elected Roger Talermo, President of the OC of Finland and Vlade Divac, President of OC of Serbia. It was decided that in 2015., hosts of the winter EYOF will be Vorarlberg in Austria and Lichtenstein who applied for candidature together, and of summer games Tbilisi, Georgia. New proposals for ammendments of the EOC Statutes were adopted, and host of the next EOCGeneral Assambly will be Socci, Russia.

On the margins of the Assembly sessions, President of MOC, Dušan Simonović had several important meetings with his colleagues from the Olympic Committees of neighbouring countries, about joint activities in future period. At the meeting with representatives from organisation of Games of Small States of Europe, word was aboutfinancing possibilities for Montenegrin sport delegation that will participate at this Games for the first time next year in Lichtenstein. During conversation with the President of EOC, Patrick Hickey, discussion was about his visit to Montenegro next year.

Olympic Committee of Serbia was praised for organisation of this event.

On the occasion of important anniversary, 100 years of Olympism in Serbia, in the Assembly of the City of Belgrade on 26th November was organised ceremony were, among others, were also present Boris Tadić, President of Serbia, Jacques Rogge, President of IOC, Patrick Hickey, President of EOC, representatives from Olympic Committees of 49 European Countries, other participants of the General Assembly and many other eminent athletes and guests. Contribution to extraordinary hospitality of the host was presence of State officials of the Republic of Serbia during EOC Assembly, such as Prime Minister Mirko Cvetković, Minister for Youth and Sport, Snežana Samardžić-Marković, Mayor of Belgrade, Dragan Đilas and others.

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