Baku, May 2, AZERTAC
The Baku 2015 flame has arrived in Yardimli as it continues its journey across the regions of Azerbaijan.
Torchbearers were welcomed by thousands of locals who took to the streets to join in the celebrations. Azerbaijani karate champion Rasif Mamizade accepted the flame. Ten torchbearers then started their 1.2km long route. Azerbaijani karate champion Amid JAvadov lit the flame of the European Games.
The ceremony featured demonstration of a footage highlighting the flame capture ceremony in Ateshgah where President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev lit the first torchbearer’s flame.
The flame then continued its journey to the next destination, Masalli.
The flame will travel the length and breadth of the country, spreading the spirit of the Games and warming the hearts of people in 60 locations.
The torch will come within an hour’s travelling time of 99% of the Azerbaijan population and thousands of people are expected to join in the daily celebrations along the route.
Commemorative Baku 2015 Lamps are left at each of the venues visited, remaining lit for the duration of the Games.