European Athletics President Svein-Arne Hansen, accompanied by CEO Christian Milz, has spent this week visiting Azerbaijan, Malta and Cyprus, where he met government ministers, National Olympic Committee officials and senior officers of the three Member Federations.
The first port of call was the Azerbaijan capital Baku, which will stage the European Youth Olympic Festival next year.
Great visit to Baku Azerbaijan to meet the national athletics federation and sports ministry officials - fantastic group of people led by CEO Maharram Sultanzade and his team. pic.twitter.com/SGh90ZNLzn
— Svein Arne Hansen (@SvenPres) May 29, 2018
In Azerbaijan, President Hansen also met with the country's Sports Minister Azad Rahimov and Deputy Prime Minister Jagub Eyubov as well as federation officials and visited various athletics facilities in Baku.
Flying from the shores of the Caspian Sea to the Mediterranean Sea, Malta was the next port of call.
In Malta with Christian Milz visiting federation under leadership of President Edwin Attard, great to meet dedicated volunteers pic.twitter.com/D21WzVRmzd
— Svein Arne Hansen (@SvenPres) May 31, 2018
In Malta, in addition to meetings with federation officials, President Hansen also met local athletes preparing for the Championships of the Small States of Europe, which is supported by European Athletics and which will be held in Lichtenstein on 9 June, and conducted a press conference with local media.
Moving eastwards, President Hansen final port of call this week was Cyprus where he met with the country's Minister of Education and Culture Costas Chamiaouris in Nicosia as well as federation officials.