Baku marked one-year countdown to the inaugural European Games, to be held on June 2015.
Baku 2015, Europe’s first senior multi-sport event, will gather more than 6,000 athletes from the 49 countries affiliated to the European Olympic Committees to compete in 19 sports in Azerbaijan’s capital on June 12-28.
The ceremony at the seaside park amazed the public with a water show, laser effects and a concert program.
An incredible firework finalized the event cheerfully illuminating the night city and Baku bay.
The Baku Games’ program includes aquatics, archery, athletics, badminton, basketball 3×3, beach soccer, boxing, canoe sprint, cycling, fencing, gymnastics, judo, karate, shooting, table tennis, taekwondo, triathlon, volleyball, and wrestling.
Nine sports will offer qualification opportunities for the Rio de Janeiro Summer Olympics in 2016, which is supposed to attract more attention to the Games.
Organizers of the Games, set to be a major event in the international sporting calendar, promise a spectacular sport festival. Over 320 sport sessions will take place at 20 different venues during the Games.
Azerbaijan that has a multicultural society with a tradition of tolerance and warm hospitality is believed to become more recognized across the Europe as a country that can host such a multi sport event successfully.
The host city’s preparations are on schedule, with construction and structural planning for many of the 20 facilities for the Baku 2015.
Venues for the games will include the iconic Crystal Hall, which hosted Eurovision 2012, the new Baku Aquatics Centre and a modern, multi-purpose 65,000-seat Olympic stadium.
The new Athletes Village near the Olympic stadium is ready to receive the guests from around the Europe.
Baku, the largest city on the Caspian Sea with a population of over 2 million, has already hosted a number of major international sport events in Taekwondo, Gymnastics, Wrestling, Volleyball, Football, Fencing, Tennis, Judo and Road Cycling.
This days Azerbaijan’s capital is proud to be hosting the 2014 European Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships at the new National Gymnastics Arena on June 13-15.
Modern Baku that combines an award-winning architecture with the Old City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was chosen as the host of the Games by a majority of votes at the General Assembly of the European Olympic Committees, held in Rome in December 2012.
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