The European Olympic Academies held its Annual Congress in Frankfurt ©EOA

The European Olympic Academies (EOA) has held its Annual Congress in Frankfurt, with discussions focusing on human rights, as well as Russian and Belarusian athletes.

More than 50 delegates were present at the four-day Congress, with a new Executive Board being elected at the German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB) headquarters.

Current EOA President Manfred Laemmer was unanimously re-elected along with general secretary Marion Guigon-Lacroix.

Bernard Hilgers from The Netherlands is the new treasurer, while vice-presidents Mariia Bulatova of Ukraine and Ivans Klementjevs of Latvia are to serve their second terms.

Cyprus' Clea Papaellina and Asta Sarkauskiene of Lithuania are new Board members too.

When speaking about the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Jürgen Mittag from the German Sport University Cologne and Simon Rofe from the University of Leeds said the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) recommendations implemented meant the organisation had "reached a new political level and that the consequences could not be foreseen."

The EOA General Assembly was held at the Deutsche Bank Park in Frankfurt ©EOA
The EOA General Assembly was held at the Deutsche Bank Park in Frankfurt ©EOA

A point about sustainability was made by Jana Janotova from the European Olympic Committees Commission for Sustainability & Active Society and DOSB's Bianca Quardokus, who led the audience on to melting ice to speak about the issues that climate change is having.

ProProjekt and Abreu Advogados discussed the Games Awarding Process and the new IOC Strategic Framework on Human Rights, saying these new processes have turned the Olympic Games bidding from a "beauty contest to a targeted dialogue".

The Maltese Olympic Academy was officially admitted to the EOA at the meeting.

A strategic plan for the next eight years is set to be published soon.