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25 years since the establishment of the National Olympic Committee of Azerbaijan

This year Azerbaijan`s National Olympic Committee will mark the 25th anniversary of its establishment. Azernews, the official press agency informs that President Ilham Aliyev has signed an order on the celebration of the date. Under the order, the Cabinet of Minister is instructed to develop an action plan to celebrate the National Olympic Committee`s jubilee.

The NOC was established in 1992 and in the same year was accepted as a member of the European and a year later of the International Olympic Committee. For the first time Azerbaijan took part in the Olympic Games as an independent state in 1996 and since then sends athletes to all Olympic Games. In 2015 Baku organised with great success the Inaugural European Games. Next big event will be the 2017 Islamic Solidarity Games to be held in Baku on May 12-22 .

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