Baku’s bid for the 2020 Olympic Games has appointed Konul Nurullayeva as its CEO.
Nurullayeva was head of the International Relations department for the Azerbaijan Olympic Committee and holds the same post for Azerbaijan Athletic Federation. She is the General Secretary for the national bobsleigh and luge federation and the alpine ski federation.
Last year Nurullayeva was Chef de Mission for Azerbaijan at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games, the first-ever woman to do so for her nation. She has deep experience in international sport development and the Olympic Games.
Nurullayeva said: “I am incredibly proud and excited to be appointed CEO of my country’s Bid to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Baku in 2020. We want to bring the joys and passions of the world’s greatest sporting event to the Caucasus for the first time, so enabling this vibrant, open and enthusiastic region to realise its true sporting potential.”
Azad Rahimov, Azerbaijan’s Minister for Youth and Sport, said: “We are delighted to appoint Konul as CEO of our Bid. She is young, dynamic, deeply involved in our national sports and, above all, a great example and inspiration to the young people of Azerbaijan, many of whom we hope will be competing in the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.”
Among her other qualifactions, Nurullayeva can speak Azeri, English, Russian, Turkish and French and has a Masters degree in International Relations; these will be of significant importance as she leads the charge to convince International Olympic Committee (IOC) members that Baku should be on the candidate list. Baku’s application for the 2016 Games failed when the IOC excluded the fledgling bid from the candidate short list.
The IOC will select its candidates for the 2020 short list in May in Quebec City, Canada.