European Games

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The European Games is an international multi-sport event in the Olympic tradition contested by athletes from European nations. The Games were envisioned and are to be 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 is scheduled for Minsk, Belarus from 21-30 June.

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 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-yearly 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 20 253  Russia (RUS) [5]
II 2019 Minsk  Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko (expected) 21 June 30 June 50 (expected) 4,082 (expected) 15 200 [6]


The Games have been criticised for being an unnecessary addition to the sporting calendar and for the lack of high quality in totem events such as athletics and swimming. The first edition of the Games has received criticism from organisations such as Sport for Rights calling for athletes to speak out against human rights violations in Azerbaijan. Many regime opponents were jailed in the run-up to the Games.[7]


The 2019 Minsk European Games Sports Programme will include 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
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 (flatwater) 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
Sambo 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

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. ^ "Baku reminds us our top athletes are overgrown infants". Guardian. Retrieved 14 June 2015.

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