Female executive named CEO of Baku 2020 bid

A female Olympic executive will lead Baku’s bid for the 2020

Summer Games.

Konul Nurullayeva has been chosen as the CEO of the bid from the

energy-rich former Soviet republic.

Nurullayeva heads an international relations department at

Azerbaijan’s National Olympic Committee and is secretary general of

several national sports federations.

She says her goal will be ”to bring the joys and passions of

the world’s greatest sporting event to the Caucasus for the first


Azerbaijan’s Minister for Youth and Sport Azad Rahimov calls

Nurullayeva a ”great example and inspiration to the young people

of Azerbaijan.”

Baku is competing against Doha, Qatar; Istanbul, Turkey; Madrid;

Rome; and Tokyo. The IOC will select the host city in Sept.