8th May 2008

Make a note in your diary – International Expert Hearing on Sports & Environment in Baku

On 16 May the Baku 2016 Bid Committee will be holding an expert hearing on “Sports and Environment
in Azerbaijan: Ecological Issues in the Planning and Operation of Sports Venues” in cooperation with the Ministry
of Ecology and Natural Resources.

International specialists in planning and operating mega events such as the Olympic Games 2004 in Athens
or the FIFA Football World Cup 2006 in Germany will discuss with high-level delegates from the government
how to achieve synergies between sports development and environmental protection.

The objective is not only to discuss general strategies for the interdisciplinary collaboration, but also
to obtain concrete suggestions regarding the eco-friendly planning, construction and operation of the venues
proposed for the games plan of the 2016 Baku Bid. The main focus will be placed on the remediation and
transformation of the former on-shore oilfield “Bibi-Heybat” into a sustainable Olympic Park.

The meeting will take place from 10 am to 4 pm at the Park Inn Hotel, Baku. A subsequent press conference
will also take place there. If you are interested in joining the press conference please send your
confirmation to