The Olympic Movement and the National Olympic Committee

The 2016 Baku bid alone has provided a huge initial boost to the development of sports in the Republic of Azerbaijan and the City of Baku. Naturally the development of sports in the city, the country and indeed the entire Caspian-Caucasian region will benefit from holding the Games of the XXXI Olympiad and the XV Paralympic Games. The existing interest in sport will continue to grow throughout the population; sports and the Olympic Movement will have an especially positive impact on children and young people.

The Baku bid is the result of a true Olympic passion. Short after the country's independence the National Olympic Committee was established. Since then the Republic of Azerbaijan has supported the Olympic Movement directly through the Committee's work - for over 15 years.