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ACES Europe - Sport
Federation of European Capitals and Cities granted Batumi City this honorary
title for the year of 2019. The title will be given to the city of Batumi
during an honorary ceremony in the European Union Parliament. The delegation of
Batumi City Hall is headed by Mayor Lasha Komakhidze to the award ceremony. The
title and flag of the European sports city was handed over to the Mayor of
Batumi by the head of the European Capital of Cities and Cities Sports
Federation ACES Europe, Jan Francesco Lupatel.
ACES Europe is a
Brussels-based organization that grants annual European cities to the
"European Sports Capital", "European Sport City",
"European Sports Community" and "Small Sport City".
Prior to winning the title of
the European sports city, The President of ACES Europe and a specially created
Appraisal Commission arrived in Batumi where the delegation visited various
sports facilities in the city, got acquainted with current and planned projects
and learnt different sports achievements of the city throughout the history.
According to the report prepared by ACES Europe, Batumi is a good example of a
city, which combines rich sporting activities, with education, which ultimately
is the main goal of ACES Europe. Exemplary sport policy and infrastructure, in
conjunction with interesting projects and activities are also present in the
city, according to the report. With this criteria, Batumi was awarded with the
title of European sport. This fact confirms that Georgia is considered one of
the sporting nations in Europe. In addition, the accepted status in the country
will promote healthy lifestyle and popularization of sport amongst the youth.
Sport development has been declared as one of the priority directions in
Georgia by the Government of Georgia.
The 43rd World Chess Olympiad was held in
Batumi, where 4 000 professionals and delegates from 189 countries participated
and competed against each other. In addition, mass sports and cultural events
will be intensively held in Batumi, coupled with a rich cultural experience which
this famous Georgian coastal city provides.