2015 European Games

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2015 European Games
Baku 2015 European Games.png
Official emblem of Baku 2015
Host city Baku, Azerbaijan
Nations participating 49
Athletes participating 6,000 (+/-)
Events 249 in 20 sports
Opening ceremony 12 June
Closing ceremony 28 June
Main venue Baku Olympic Stadium
Website baku2015.com

The 2015 European Games (Azerbaijani: 2015 Avropa Oyunları) will be the inaugural edition of the European Games, a multi-sport event for European athletes. It will be held in Baku, Azerbaijan in 2015.[1]

It will be the largest multi-sport event ever held in Azerbaijan.

Host city selection[edit]

Baku, the host city of the first European Games

On December 8, 2012, at the 41st General Assembly of the European Olympic Committee in Rome, it was decided to hold the first ever European Games. The Assembly was attended by 49 National Olympic Committees. Baku, the capital city of Azerbaijan, has been awarded the rights to host the inaugural European Games in 2015.

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.[2] Eight votes came against, and two more abstained from voting. The representatives of Armenia refused to take part in the voting.[3]

Organisation[edit]

Organizing Committee[edit]

The organizing committee for the European Games 2015 was established in the first half of 2013. Gabil Mehdiyev, head of the press service of the Ministry of Youth & Sports of Azerbaijan, says that originally it is planned to hold high-level talks between the Government of Azerbaijan and the European Olympic Committee.

Preparation[edit]

Venues[edit]

Olympic Village in Baku

The medal ceremonies will be held at the temporary Victory Plaza at the Freedom Square.[4] The Olympic Village will be located in Nizami raion of Baku.[5] The village comprises 13 buildings, 1,042 apartments, 16 different types of apartments with three to four bedrooms per apartment and a total of 7,510 beds.[6]

Key to colours
E Existing
N New
T Temporary
Village cluster
Venue Sports Capacity
Baku Olympic Stadium Ceremonies, Athletics 68,000 N
National Gymnastics Arena Gymnastics 6,000 N
Flag square cluster
Venue Sports Capacity
Baku Aquatics Centre Swimming, Diving, Synchronized Swimming 6,000 N
Water Polo Arena Water Polo 2,000 T
Beach Arena Beach Soccer, Beach Volleyball 3,000 T
Basketball Arena 3x3 Basketball T
Crystal Hall Volleyball 25,000 E
Boxing
Fencing, Karate, Taekwondo
City cluster
Venue Sports Capacity
Baku Sports Hall Badminton, Table Tennis 1,628 E
Tofiq Bahramov Stadium Archery 31,200 E
Heydar Aliyev Arena Judo, Wrestling 7,800 E
Other venues
Venue Sports Capacity
Baku Shooting Centre Shooting N
Mountain Bike Velopark Mountain biking T
BMX Velopark Cycling BMX N
Ramada Triathlon (start) T
Mingachevir Canoe sprint E

Main stadia[edit]

Construction of Baku Olympic Stadium in Baku.

Baku Olympic Stadium, Azerbaijan's National Football Stadium, located near Boyuk Shor settlement, will be the main venue for Athletics and the Closing Ceremony.[7] The stadium will have a capacity of 68,000 and will be based on Boyuk Shor settlement.[8]

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.[9] The project is expected to cover all public places in Baku, which will include parks, stadiums, and shopping centers.[10]

Financing and administration[edit]

The Azerbaijani Government and Mayoralty of Baku have agreed to underwrite the Organising Committee's net running costs of staging the Games, which is currently budgeted at $1.25 billion.[11] Other capital expenditure is taking place in addition to the Organising Committee's budget, principally on venue infrastructure.

BP, which is an operator of major oil and gas projects in Azerbaijan, is the official partner of the Baku 2015 European Games.[12] Swiss watchmaker Tissot has been named the official timekeeper and will provide all timing and scoring services.[13]

Azerbaijan visa policy[edit]

The general visa policy of Azerbaijan will not apply to the European Games participants and fans who will be able to visit Azerbaijan without a visa right before and during the competition regardless of their citizenship.[14][15]

Sports[edit]

The European Games will feature at least 249 events in 20 sports at the inaugural event in June 2015 although the final programme has not yet been finalised. From an early stage, the Games were intended to have a small number of non-Olympic sports. The number of events in each discipline is noted in parentheses.[16]

Baku Taxi with European Games 2015 Logo

Olympic sports not present include association football, field hockey, handball, golf, rugby sevens and tennis.

The Committee stated that discussions were ongoing in relation to athletics and the non-Olympic sports of sport climbing and dance sport.[17] At May 14, 2013, the International Boxing Association (AIBA) confirmed its involvement in the Games.[18] The head of the International Rowing Federation, Denis Oswald also confirmed that, despite initial reservations on the European Games concept, he had been asked by several national federations to seek to have rowing included, subject to satisfactory facilities being available; a shortened 1000 metre format (as against the Olympic Games 2000 metre format) was suggested.[19] However, due to health and safety concerns, rowing's entry to the Games was postponed to a 2019 Games. Athletes who compete in aquatics events will be of junior age due to other big swimming competitions in 2015.[20]

There was some speculation that in the absence of agreement with European Athletics, the Games may contain an 'unsanctioned' shortened athletics programme, hosted as a four day 'international permit meeting' with invited athletes, but treated as a full medal event for the purposes of the Games.[21] Alernatively, a "street athletics" event, mirrored on the Great City Games concept has also been proposed.

On 11 February 2014, the head of the European Olympic Committees, Pat Hickey, confirmed athletics would be the 19th sport of the 2015 Games. Agreement was reached with European Athletics for two forms of athletics competition; in the main stadium, the third division of the 2015 European Team Championships will take place, the division currently containing the hosts, Azerbaijan. Outside the stadium, a wider "street" athletics formet event has been confirmed, open to all nations, modelled on the Great City Games format.[22]

The Organizing Committee announced on 4 April 2014 that visually impaired judo will be included as a medal event. This will make the European Games the first continental games to "fully integrate" a Para-sport discipline into its sports programme.[23]

On 29 August 2014, the EOC announced that the non-Olympic sport of sambo will be the 20th sport in the Games. At the same time it was revealed that street athletics will will appear as a demonstration sport, with high jump and pole vault as two disciplines.[24]

Calendar[edit]

The competition schedule consists of 243 events.[25] The competition days of the sambo events are not yet finalized.

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
Events
       Ceremonies OC CC
Archery 1 2 1 1 5
Athletics 1 41
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 5 6 2 18
Karate 6 6 12
Sambo 4
Shooting 3 3 1 3 3 2 2 4 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 events 13 11 13 23 11 15 12 18 24 6 9 10 21 22 28 9 249
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
Events

Participating countries[edit]

More than 6,000 athletes, from 49 European countries, are expected to participate in the inaugural European Games 2015.

Participating National Olympic Committees

Games identity[edit]

[edit]

The official logo for the 2015 European Games was unveiled on 16 June 2014.[26] Designed by Adem Yunusov, it was inspired by country’s ancient and contemporary culture.[27] The logo includes flame, water, the mythical Simurgh bird, a Azerbaijani carpet and a pomegranate as one of the symbols of Azerbaijani profusion.[27][28]

Broadcasting[edit]

The International Sports Broadcasting (ISB) will be the host broadcaster of the Games.

Territory Broadcaster Ref
 Belgium Sport 10 [29]
 Hungary DigiSport [29]
 Romania DigiSport [29]
 Turkey NTV Spor [30]

References[edit]

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  3. ^ Baku to host first-ever European games in 2015 (English)
  4. ^ Newsletter 1: Venues & Infrastructure
  5. ^ "AVROPA YAY OLİMPİYA OYUNLARINA GÖRƏ BÖYÜKŞOR GÖLÜ QURUDULUR". www.musavat.com (in Azerbaijani). Retrieved 25 June 2014. 
  6. ^ "Athletes Village at Baku 2015 European Games Will Be World Class". aroundtherings.com. Retrieved 25 June 2014. 
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  11. ^ Abbasov, Shahin. "Azerbaijan: Adopting Softer Approach for European Olympics". www.eurasianet.org. Retrieved 25 June 2014. 
  12. ^ Jafarova, Aynur. "BP becomes Baku 2015 European Games official partner". www.azernews.az. Retrieved 25 June 2014. 
  13. ^ Mackay, Duncan. "New partner for Baku 2015 as Tissot named official timekeeper". www.insidethegames.biz. Retrieved 25 June 2014. 
  14. ^ "Azerbaijan to simplify visa procedures in connection with hosting First European Games". en.trend.az. Retrieved 18 August 2014. 
  15. ^ "Azerbaijan introduces visa-free regime for part of foreigners". abc.az. Retrieved 18 August 2014. 
  16. ^ Newsletter 1
  17. ^ Preliminary programme announced
  18. ^ AIBA commits to Baku 2015 European Games
  19. ^ http://www.insidethegames.biz/sports/summer/rowing/1014043-exclusive-rowing-set-for-2015-european-games-after-pressure-on-oswald
  20. ^ LEN agrees to participate in European Games
  21. ^ European Games proposing own athletics event if governing body refuse to sign up. [2]
  22. ^ Articles Athletics Officially part of Baku 2015
  23. ^ Visually impaired judo added to Baku 2015 programme
  24. ^ Combat Sports Boost For Baku 2015 European Games
  25. ^ Sport schedule
  26. ^ Korram, Andy. "The "European Games, Baku 2015" disclosed their official logo". en.mastaekwondo.com. Retrieved 25 June 2014. 
  27. ^ a b "Baku 2015 European Games: an exciting blend of ancient and contemporary culture". uk.news.yahoo.com. Euronews. Retrieved 25 June 2014. 
  28. ^ Idyatova, Sabina. "Pomegranate: a crowned fruit". www.azernews.az. Retrieved 25 June 2014. 
  29. ^ a b c Baku 2015 announce broadcast deals in Belgium, Romania and Hungary
  30. ^ Baku 2015 signs first international broadcast agreement

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