2015 European Games

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Baku 2015 European Games
2015 European Games.svg
Official logo of Baku 2015
Host city Baku, Azerbaijan
Nations participating 50
Athletes participating 6,000 (+/-)
Events 253 in 20 sports
Opening ceremony 12 June
Closing ceremony 28 June
Main venue Baku National Stadium
Website baku2015.com
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The 2015 European Games, also known as Baku 2015 or Baku 2015 European Games (Azerbaijani: Bakı 2015 Avropa Oyunları), will be the inaugural edition of the European Games, an international multi-sport event for athletes representing the National Olympic Committees (NOCs) of Europe. It will be held in Baku, Azerbaijan, from 12 to 28 June 2015,[1] and will feature over 6,000 athletes from 50 NOCs competing in 20 sports.[2][3]

Host city selection[edit]

Baku, host city of the first European Games

Baku was awarded the right to host of the first European Games at the 41st EOC General Assembly in Rome, on 8 December 2012. The European Games will take place every four years thereafter, with the next competition due to be held in 2019.

The decision was made as a result of the secret balloting, where of 48 votes, 38 came in favor of the sole bidder for the event.[4] Eight votes came against, and two more abstained from voting. The representatives of Armenia refused to take part in the voting.[5]

Organisation[edit]

The Organising Committee responsible for the inaugural European Games in Baku was established by decree of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan. The Committee is chaired by the First Lady of Azerbaijan Mehriban Aliyeva.,[6] member of the Executive Committee of the National Olympic Committee of the Republic of Azerbaijan and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador. Baku 2015 European Games Operations Committee (BEGOC) was established under the direction of the Chairperson of the Organising Committee.

The Chief Executive Officer of BEGOC is Azad Rahimov, Minister of Youth and Sport while the Chief Operating Officer is Simon Clegg.[6]

Preparation[edit]

On 8 November 2014, Simon Glegg, Baku 2015 Chief Operating Officer stated that, he had "no concerns" that Baku will meet the deadline.[7]

Venues[edit]

There are 4 clusters and 18 competition venues for inaugural European Games. Number of permanent venues is 12. Five of them are new builds such as, National Gymnastics Arena, BMX Velopark, Baku Aquatics Centre, Baku Shooting Centre and National Stadium. There are 6 temporary venues such as, Water Polo Arena, Beach Arena, Basketball Arena, Mountain Bike Velopark, Triathlon, Cycling road race and time trial.

The Athletes Village is located in Nizami raion of Baku.[8] The village comprises 13 buildings, 16 different types of apartments with three to four bedrooms per apartment.[9]

Key to colours
E Existing
N New
T Temporary
Village cluster
Venue Sports Capacity
Baku National Stadium Ceremonies, Athletics 68,000 N
National Gymnastics Arena Gymnastics 6,862 N
Flag square cluster
Venue Sports Capacity
Baku Aquatics Centre Swimming, Diving, Synchronized Swimming 6,000 N
Water Polo Arena Water Polo 2,400 T
Beach Arena Beach Soccer, Beach Volleyball 3,900 T
Basketball Arena 3x3 Basketball 2,500 T
Crystal Hall Volleyball 6,000 E
Boxing 3,400
Fencing, Karate, Taekwondo 2,000
Tofiq Bahramov Stadium
City cluster
Venue Sports Capacity
Baku Sports Hall Badminton, Table Tennis 1,700 E
Tofiq Bahramov Stadium Archery 3,000 E
Heydar Aliyev Arena Judo, Wrestling, Sambo 7,700 E
Other venues
Venue Sports Capacity
Baku Shooting Centre Shooting 500 N
Mountain Bike Velopark Mountain biking 1,670 T
BMX Velopark Cycling BMX 1,600 N
Bilgah Beach Triathlon 1,500 T
Mingachevir Canoe sprint 1,300 E

Infrastructure[edit]

On June 2014, the Ministry of Communication and High Technologies of Azerbaijan has developed a plan on free Wi-Fi coverage for Baku.[10] The project is expected to cover all public places in Baku, which will include parks, stadiums, and shopping centers.[11]

Visa policy[edit]

In accordance with the decree signed by President of the Republic of Azerbaijan on 8 August 2014, foreigners and stateless persons who permanently reside in foreign countries and have obtained tickets for the Baku 2015 European Games may obtain a visa on arrival at the Consular Department of Azerbaijan’s Foreign Ministry. These are located at the international airports of the Republic of Azerbaijan and this procedure will be available from 2 June 2015. In order to receive a visa upon arrival, all spectators are requested to complete a special form on the Ticket Sales webpage, to purchase a ticket and to obtain their purchase confirmation. It is necessary to present a ticket for the Games, or the document confirming the purchase of a ticket, in order to receive a visa upon arrival.[12][13]

Ticketing[edit]

Baku 2015 European Games has opened a sign-up page on its website to allow fans to register their interest in purchasing tickets for next summer’s event. The website allows international and Azerbaijani supporters to request ticketing updates on the sports programme as well as receive all the latest news from Baku 2015.[14]

Volunteers[edit]

The Baku European Games Operation Committee (BEGOC) will recruit 12,000 volunteers for the Games time.[15]

Opening ceremony[edit]

The Opening Ceremony will be held on 12 June and will be directed by noted artistic choreographer Dimitris Papaioannou who was widely praised for his work during 2004 Summer Olympics. Leading production company, FiveCurrents, led by Mr Scott Givens and Mr Mark Poncher, have been appointed to produce the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Baku 2015 European Games,[16][17] (Article: Baku 2015 European Games appoints Artistic Director for Opening Ceremony)

The Opening Ceremony will be held in the National Stadium. The Baku National Stadium is a multi-function venue designed to host football matches and athletic meets. It is located just to the north of the Athletes Village (AVL) and will host the Opening and Closing Ceremonies for the European Games as well as Athletics competition. With construction scheduled to be complete in February 2015.[18]

Closing ceremony[edit]

The Closing Ceremony will be held on 28 June in the Baku National Stadium.

The Games[edit]

Participating NOCs[edit]

Over 6,000 athletes, from 50 European countries, are expected to participate in the inaugural edition of the European Games.

Participating National Olympic Committees

Sports[edit]

A total of 20 sports will be represented: 16 Olympic sports and four non-Olympic sports. Eleven of the sports will offer qualification opportunities for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Calendar[edit]

The competition schedule consists of 253 events.[19][20] The Agenda as the competition schedule may change.

OC Opening ceremony Event competitions 1 Event finals CC Closing ceremony
June 12th
Fri
13th
Sat
14th
Sun
15th
Mon
16th
Tue
17th
Wed
18th
Thu
19th
Fri
20th
Sat
21st
Sun
22nd
Mon
23rd
Tue
24th
Wed
25th
Thu
26th
Fri
27th
Sat
28th
Sun
Medal Events
       Ceremonies OC CC
Archery 1 2 1 1 5
Athletics 1 1
Badminton 2 3 5
Basketball (3x3) 2 2
Beach soccer 1 1
Boxing 5 5 5 15
Canoe sprint 5 10 15
Cycling 2 2 1 1 2 8
Diving 2 2 2 2 8
Fencing 2 2 2 3 3 12
Gymnastics 2 1 2 3 10 16 34
Judo 5 6 5 2 18
Karate 6 6 12
Sambo 8 8
Shooting 3 3 1 3 3 3 3 19
Swimming 7 8 9 7 11 42
Synchronized swimming 2 2 4
Table tennis 2 2 4
Taekwondo 2 2 2 2 8
Triathlon 1 1 2
Volleyball 1 1 1 1 4
Water polo 1 1 2
Wrestling 4 4 4 4 4 4 24
Total 13 11 15 21 11 15 12 18 25 13 9 10 21 23 27 9 253
June 12th
Fri
13th
Sat
14th
Sun
15th
Mon
16th
Tue
17th
Wed
18th
Thu
19th
Fri
20th
Sat
21st
Sun
22nd
Mon
23rd
Tue
24th
Wed
25th
Thu
26th
Fri
27th
Sat
28th
Sun
Medal Events

Broadcasting[edit]

International Sports Broadcasting (ISB) will be the host broadcaster of the European Games.[21] During the Games, ISB will produce an anticipated 1,200 hours of high-quality broadcast coverage in high definition, including live coverage of all event semi-finals and finals and a daily highlights package. ISB will also cover the Opening and Closing Ceremonies and the evening entertainment from the Victory Celebration Plaza

Marketing[edit]

Logo and mascots[edit]

The official logo for the Baku 2015 European Games was unveiled on 16 June 2014.[29] Designed by Adem Yunusov, it was inspired by country’s ancient and contemporary culture.[30] The logo includes flame, water, the mythical Simurgh bird, a Azerbaijani carpet and a pomegranate as one of the symbols of Azerbaijani profusion.[30][31] The pomegranate, called Nar, is one of two mascots for the Games, along with a gazelle named Jeyran. The pair are intended to represent the spirit of Azerbaijan and help excite the youth for the event.[32]

Sponsors[edit]

On 21 May 2014, Procter & Gamble became the first Official Partner of the inaugural European Games.[33][34] Swiss watchmaker Tissot has been named the official timekeeper and will provide all timing and scoring services.[35] On 13 November 2014, Motorola Solutions also teamed up with Baku 2015 as the Official Radio Communications Supporter.[36]

Official Partners Official Supporters

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Participants". Baku2015.com. Baku 2015 European Games Operation Committee (BEGOC). Retrieved 20 November 2014. 
  3. ^ "Sports". Baku2015.com. Baku 2015 European Games Operation Committee (BEGOC). Retrieved 20 November 2014. 
  4. ^ http://www.insidethegames.biz/news/1012007-baku-to-host-first-european-games-in-2015
  5. ^ Baku to host first-ever European games in 2015
  6. ^ a b "Baku 2015: Organisation". www.baku2015.com. Retrieved 12 November 2014. 
  7. ^ "European Games: No concern over rush to be ready for maiden event in Baku, says CEO". www.straitstimes.com. Retrieved 10 November 2014. 
  8. ^ http://www.baku2015.com/en/the-games/venues/Athletes%20Village
  9. ^ "Athletes Village at Baku 2015 European Games Will Be World Class". aroundtherings.com. Retrieved 25 June 2014. 
  10. ^ "All Baku to be covered by Wi-Fi before European Games". vestnikkavkaza.net. Retrieved 25 June 2014. 
  11. ^ Orujova, Nigar. "Baku to launch project on free Wi-Fi deployment". www.azernews.az. Retrieved 25 June 2014. 
  12. ^ "Azerbaijan to simplify visa procedures in connection with hosting First European Games". en.trend.az. Retrieved 18 August 2014. 
  13. ^ "Azerbaijan introduces visa-free regime for part of foreigners". abc.az. Retrieved 18 August 2014. 
  14. ^ http://www.aroundtherings.com/site/A__48921/Title__Baku-2015-Launches-Ticketing-Sign-up/292/Articles
  15. ^ http://www.baku2015.com/en/news/baku-2015-european-games-launches-volunteer-programme-to-mark-one-year-to-go-countdown
  16. ^ "Athens Olympics Art Director To Produce 2015 European Games Opening in Baku". en.ria.ru. Retrieved 28 October 2014. 
  17. ^ Cushan, David. "FiveCurrents and Papaioannou hired to produce Baku 2015 opening". www.sportspromedia.com. Retrieved 28 October 2014. 
  18. ^ http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/11/08/us-olympics-europe-baku-idUSKBN0IS04S20141108?feedType=RSS&amp
  19. ^ Sport schedule
  20. ^ schedule version 4.0
  21. ^ http://www.baku2015.com/en/news/13-12-2013
  22. ^ a b c d e f Baku 2015 European Games Signs Broadcasting Agreements With Five Countries
  23. ^ a b c Baku 2015 European Games Signs Broadcast Agreement With Major German Sports Channel
  24. ^ a b c Baku 2015 announce broadcast deals in Belgium, Romania and Hungary
  25. ^ Baku 2015 European Games Signs Broadcast Agreement With French Television Station L’Equipe 21
  26. ^ Baku 2015 signs first international broadcast agreement
  27. ^ Baku 2015 European Games Signs Major Broadcast Agreement With Arab States Broadcasting Union
  28. ^ Baku 2015 European Games Signs Deal With Japanese Broadcaster
  29. ^ Korram, Andy. "The "European Games, Baku 2015" disclosed their official logo". en.mastaekwondo.com. Retrieved 25 June 2014. 
  30. ^ a b "Baku 2015 European Games: an exciting blend of ancient and contemporary culture". uk.news.yahoo.com. Euronews. Retrieved 25 June 2014. 
  31. ^ Idyatova, Sabina. "Pomegranate: a crowned fruit". www.azernews.az. Retrieved 25 June 2014. 
  32. ^ "Baku 2015 European Games Unveils Official Mascots Jeyran And Nar". www.baku2015.com. Retrieved 26 November 2014. 
  33. ^ "Baku 2015 unveil Procter & Gamble as first sponsor for European Games". www.insidethegames.biz. Retrieved 10 November 2014. 
  34. ^ Jafarova, Aynur. "BP becomes Baku 2015 European Games official partner". www.azernews.az. Retrieved 25 June 2014. 
  35. ^ Mackay, Duncan. "New partner for Baku 2015 as Tissot named official timekeeper". www.insidethegames.biz. Retrieved 25 June 2014. 
  36. ^ "Baku 2015 European Games signs Motorola Solutions as Official Supporter". www.marketwatch.com. Retrieved 13 November 2014. 

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