Netherland set 'in principle' to host 2019 European Games

Netherland set 'in principle' to host 2019 European Games
A picture shows an inside view of the National Gymnastics Arena in Baku. The inaugural European Games take place in Baku between June 12 and 28, 2015.

BELEK, Turkey - The Netherlands look set to host the second edition of the European Games in 2019 after their bid was 'unanimously approved in principle' by the 50 European Olympic Committees (EOC) at an Extraordinary General Assembly in Belek, Turkey.

The Dutch Olympic Committee will now proceed to finalise negotiations with the EOC Executive Committee.

The Dutch NOC gave a presentation about their proposed hosting concept for the Games, which the EOC membership ratified.

"The Dutch have put together a very exciting proposition for the 2019 European Games which fits perfectly with the EOC's strategic approach and prioritises flexibility; sustainability; and world-class quality," said EOC president Pat Hickey, who was the driving force behind the creation of the European Games.

"I am delighted that the EOC membership agrees and has ratified in principle the Netherlands' proposed hosting concept for 2019.

"I am now very much looking forward to working with them to continue developing their plans," added the 69-year-old Irishman.

The inaugural European Games are being hosted by Azerbaijan from June 12-28 with 20 sports involved.

However, the major draws for multi-sport Games - swimming and athletics - will not feature the top athletes from the continent.

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