EOC President: Baku 2015 to attract hosts for next European Games

Baku, June 11 AZERTAC

Baku 2015”will attract hosts for next European Games said President of The European Olympic committee Patrick Hickey made the remarks during the press conference in Baku June 11.

The first ever European Games will be held in Baku on June 12-28, 2015.

There will be a total of 20 sports at Baku 2015: 16 Olympic sports and four non-Olympic sports. More than 6,000 athletes from across Europe will be representing their nations over 17 days of competition.

The European Games is a multi-sport event for athletes from all over Europe and is held every four years.The Games are owned, organised and regulated by the European Olympic Committees.

The European Games were created at the General Assembly of the European Olympic Committees on December 9th 2012 in Rome, Italy, when 84% of the National Olympic Committees of Europe voted for the creation of the European Games. The first edition of the European Games will take place in Baku, Azerbaijan, in June 2015.

The Opening Ceremony is planned to take place on Friday June 12th and the closing ceremony on Sunday June 28th 2015.

Already a number of cities have expressed their interest in hosting the second edition of the European Games in 2019.

The European Olympic Committees is setting up a working group to coordinate the bidding process for the 2019 European Games.

It is expected that between 5000 and 6000 athletes will compete in the first European Games. Athletes will be selected and managed by their respective National Olympic Committee (NOC).

Since the Games have become a reality, there has been an overwhelming desire for sports to be part of the first edition in 2015.This has led to a challenging process within the European Olympic Committees to decide the Sports Programme for the first European Games.

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