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Games in Baku: Between sports and politics

2012-12-14 19:07

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Recently, the European Olympic Committee made the decision: in Europe there will be its own Olympics. The venue of the first games was chosen Azerbaijan. It is interesting that Baku was the only candidate for the title of European Olympic capital. The government is already counting profit from the upcoming event. The answer to the question of why the choice fell on the capital of Azerbaijan lies both in sport and political fields.


At the 41th General Assembly of the European Olympic Committee in Rome, it was decided to hold the first-ever European Olympic Games. The only candidate for the hosting was capital of Azerbaijan. As a result of the secret ballot 38 members of the 48 (eight - against, two - abstained) voted for. Games will be held in 2015. The decision was welcomed in Baku at the highest level. President Ilham Aliyev, who is also the head of the Olympic Committee of Azerbaijan, has expressed his satisfaction on this occasion.

Youth and Sports Minister Azad Rahimov and Vice President of the NOC Genghis Huseynzade, responsible for the organization and holding of the European Olympic, have already met with the media and shared their thoughts on the upcoming games. The Minister said that Azerbaijan was going to take about 4-4.5 thousand athletes. By the way, initially it was reported about around 7000 athletes. But Azerbaijan has not agreed with that. According to the minister, at the "Olympic Games 2012" in London there were restrictions on the number of participants. And that means that Azerbaijan can set own terms.

The main plus of holding the Games - this is a legacy that they will leave. "We have seen the infrastructure remained in Athens", said the Minister.

The exact list of sports that will be presented at the Games is not determined yet, but it is expected that there will be no less than 15. Also the financial component is being widely discussed. According to preliminary data, Azerbaijan will receive 120-130 million from the sponsors, sale of broadcasting rights and tickets for the first European Olympics, Minister of Youth and Sports Azad Rahimov said. According to him, Azerbaijan owns all the rights to broadcast.

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