“I am very proud to have been named as a Baku 2015 Athlete Ambassador”, Jade Jones

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Baku, May 5, AZERTAC

Olympic champions Nicola Adams, Jade Jones and Ed McKeever will lead Great Britain into the inaugural European Games in Baku, Azerbaijan.

They are part of a 163-strong GB line-up which will compete across 13 sports and 19 disciplines from 12-28 June.

For 10 disciplines, including boxing and taekwondo, Baku 2015 will form part of the qualification process for the 2016 Rio Olympics.

"It's a great opportunity," said Team GB's Chef de Mission Mark England.

Jade Jones, 21, said: “I am very proud to have been named as a Baku 2015 Athlete Ambassador, and it will be an honour to help promote the Games. It is important for European athletes to have our own multi-sport event, and my aim is to become the first European Games Taekwondo champion.”

Mr Mark England, the British Olympic Association’s Chef de Mission for Baku 2015, said: “Jade’s participation as a Baku 2015 international Athlete Ambassador reflects British athletes’ enthusiasm for the European Games. Britain has a strong sporting tradition, and the Athlete Ambassador programme will help to generate interest and excitement in the country ahead of Baku 2015.”

Taekwondo fighter Jones - winner of Olympic and Youth Olympic gold medals - added: "I'm sure that the European Games will prove to be another memorable experience."

Ms Jones joins French rhythmic gymnast Kseniya Moustafaeva, Denmark’s canoe sprinter René Holten Poulsen and Serbia’s Basketball 3x3 team of Dušan Domović Bulut, Marko Savic, Marko Zdero and Dejan Majstorovic as Baku 2015 international Athlete Ambassadors, with more to be announced in the near future.

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