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Clegg back at the EOC to aid Minsk’s European Games

Simon Clegg has returned to the European Olympic Committees (EOC) in order to aid preparations for the second edition of the European Games in Minsk next year.

The 2019 European Games will be held in the Belarussian capital from June 21-30 and Clegg returns as the EOC’s executive director for the multi-sport event having also served as chief operating officer for the inaugural Games, which was held in Baku, Azerbaijan in 2015.

Former British Olympic Association (BOA) chief executive Clegg originally briefly held the EOC position in 2013 before being asked to relocate to Azerbaijan where he worked with the Republic’s Minister for Youth and Sport, Azad Rahimov, to deliver the 2015 Games.

His new role will see him regularly in Belarus from now until Games time, where he will work closely with the Minsk European Games Organising Committee (MEGOC).

EOC president Janez Kocijančič said: “I am delighted that Simon has agreed to re-join us. His experience in Baku coupled with over 30 years in the Olympic movement mean that he is uniquely placed to support the EOC and MEGOC.

“Whilst still relatively young, the European Games concept is the EOC’s most valuable asset and this appointment further strengthens our aspirations for the brand and the future of this important event.”

Clegg added: “Just as no two Olympic Games are alike so Minsk 2019 will be different in many ways to Baku 2015. The core component however of showcasing the best athletic talent in Europe just 12 months before the next Olympic Games will be even stronger with many sports once again offering Olympic qualification opportunities. I believe that Belarus will deliver an outstanding European Games and I look forward to supporting them to build on the success of Baku 2015.”