European Games

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The European Games is a continental multi-sport event in the Olympic tradition contested by athletes from European nations and several transcontinental countries. The Games were envisioned and are governed by the European Olympic Committees (EOC), which announced their launch at its 41st General Assembly in Rome, on 8 December 2012.[1]


The 2015 European Games, the first edition of the event, took place in Baku, Azerbaijan in June 2015, and further editions are planned every four years thereafter. The 2019 edition was held in Minsk, Belarus from 21 to 30 June. The 2023 edition will be held in Kraków, Poland.

The European Games are the 5th continental Games in the Olympic tradition to be initiated, after the Asian Games, Pan American Games, Pacific Games and African Games. As of 2015, every sporting continent[2] has a continental games.[3]

The European Games are not related to the European Championships, a separate multi-sport event organised by individual European sports federations, bringing together the individual European Championships of athletics, swimming, artistic gymnastics, cycling, rowing, golf, and triathlon under a single 'brand' on a four-year cycle beginning in 2018, and broadcast by agreement with the EBU.[4]

List of European Games[edit]

Host cities of the European Games
Edition Year Host City Host Nation Opened by Start Date End Date Nations Competitors Sports Events Top Placed Team Ref.
I 2015 Baku  Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev 12 June 28 June 50 5,898 21 253  Russia (RUS) [5]
II 2019 Minsk  Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko 21 June 30 June 50 4,082 15 200  Russia (RUS) [6]
III 2023 Kraków-Małopolska  Poland President of Poland (expected) 21 June 2 July 50 TBD 23 TBD TBD [7]


The 2019 Minsk European Games Sports Programme included 15 sports, 23 disciplines, 10 qualifying sports to Tokyo 2020, 4 Sports European Championship, for a total of 4082 competitors in 201 medal events.

The figures in each cell indicate the number of events for each sport contested at the respective Games.

Sport (Discipline) Body 2015 2019 2023
World Europe
Diving Diving pictogram.svg FINA LEN 8 0
Swimming Swimming pictogram.svg 42 0
Synchronised swimming Synchronized swimming pictogram.svg 4 0
Water polo Water polo pictogram.svg 2 0
Archery Archery pictogram.svg WA WAE 5 8
Athletics Athletics pictogram.svg IAAF EAA 1 10
Badminton Badminton pictogram.svg BWF BE 5 5
Basketball (3x3) Basketball pictogram.svg FIBA FIBAE 2 2
Beach soccer Beach soccer pictogram.svg FIFA UEFA 1 1
Boxing Boxing pictogram.svg AIBA EBC 15 15
Canoe sprint Canoeing pictogram.svg ICF ECA 15 16
BMX racing Cycling (BMX) pictogram.svg UCI UEC 2 0
Mountain biking Cycling (mountain biking) pictogram.svg 2 0
Road cycling Cycling (road) pictogram.svg 4 4
Track cycling Cycling (track) pictogram.svg 0 20
Fencing Fencing pictogram.svg FIE EFC 12 0
Acrobatic gymnastics Gymnastics (acrobatic) pictogram.svg FIG UEG 6 6
Aerobic gymnastics Gymnastics (aerobic) pictogram.svg 2 2
Artistic gymnastics Gymnastics (artistic) pictogram.svg 14 12
Rhythmic gymnastics Gymnastics (rhythmic) pictogram.svg 8 8
Trampoline Gymnastics (trampoline) pictogram.svg 4 4
Judo Judo pictogram.svg IJF EJU 18 15
Karate Karate pictogram.svg WKF EKF 12 12
Beach handball Beach handball pictogram.svg IHF EHF 0 0
Sambo (martial art) Sambo pictogram.svg FIAS ESF 8 18
Shooting Shooting pictogram.svg ISSF ESC 19 19
Table tennis Table tennis pictogram.svg ITTF ETTU 4 5
Taekwondo Taekwondo pictogram.svg WTF ETU 8 0
Triathlon Triathlon pictogram.svg ITU ETU 2 0
Beach volleyball Volleyball (beach) pictogram.svg FIVB CEV 2 0
Volleyball Volleyball (indoor) pictogram.svg 2 0
Wrestling Wrestling pictogram.svg UWW CELA 24 18
Total events 253 200

Medal table[edit]

European Games medal table
1 Russia (RUS)1236486273
2 Belarus (BLR)332751111
3 Azerbaijan (AZE)26253384
4 Ukraine (UKR)24314398
5 Great Britain (GBR)24202670
6 Italy (ITA)23412488
7 Germany (GER)23234692
8 France (FRA)18223171
9 Netherlands (NED)17251658
10 Spain (ESP)13131743
Totals (44 entries)4534536221528
Source: [8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "EOC LAUNCHES EUROPEAN GAMES". 8 December 2012. Archived from the original on 12 June 2015. Retrieved 28 July 2015.
  2. ^ Although the Pacific Games takes in all of Oceania/Australasia, the two largest countries in the region, Australia and New Zealand, did not participate because of the danger they would, though their wealth and size relative to other members, excessively dominate the event. They were however provisionally admitted to the Games in 4 sports in which other nations were consistently competitive - rugby sevens, weightlifting, sailing and taekwondo - in 2014.
  3. ^ "Baku 2015 at a glance". 1 June 2015. Retrieved 4 September 2015.
  4. ^ Scotland to host 2018 European Sports Championships
  5. ^ "1st EG Baku 2015". EOC. Retrieved 12 June 2015.
  6. ^ "2nd EG Minsk 2019". EOC. Retrieved 21 October 2016.
  7. ^ "Malopolska region and the city of Krakow to host 3rd European Games in 2023". The European Games. Retrieved 22 June 2019.
  8. ^ "Curtain comes down on 17 glorious days of sport". Organising Committee responsible for the inaugural European Games in Baku. Archived from the original on 19 April 2018. Retrieved 28 June 2015.

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