European Games

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European Games
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The European Games is an international multi-sport event 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 European Games are the final continental Games to be initiated, after the Asian Games, Pan-American Games, All-Africa Games and Pacific Games. As of 2015, almost every continent will have a continental games in the Olympic tradition (excluding Oceania).[citation needed]

The European Games are not related to the European Sports Championships, an event organised by individual European sports federations, bringing together the individual European championships of athletics, swimming, cycling, rowing and triathlon under a single 'brand' on a four-yearly cycle beginning in 2018.[citation needed]


Main article: European Games sports

The following sports have been confirmed for the first event in Baku in 2015.[2][3]

Host nations and cities[edit]

Map of European Games locations (host cities in red dots).
Edition Year Host city Host nation Start date End date Sports Events Nations Athletes Main venue Ref
 I  2015 Azerbaijan Baku Azerbaijan 12 June 28 June 20 253 50 5,898 Baku National Stadium [4]
II 2019 Future event

Withdrawal of Netherlands[edit]

In June 2015 it was reported that the Netherlands had withdrawn as hosts of the 2019 European Games, having been selected in May 2015. It was reported that "the plan failed to earn enough support from The Netherlands' Sports Minister Edith Schippers, the Provinces and Municipalities".[5][6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "EOC LAUNCHES EUROPEAN GAMES". 8 December 2012.  404 Page not found
  2. ^ "Baku award inaugural Games". 
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ "European Games is given the go ahead for Baku in 2015". 2012-12-08. Retrieved 2012-12-08. 
  5. ^ "Netherlands withdraw interest in staging 2019 European Games". The Irish Times. 2015-06-10. Retrieved 2015-06-11. 
  6. ^ Mackay, Duncan (2015-06-10). "Search on for new 2019 European Games host after The Netherlands withdraw". (UK: Dunsar Media Company). Retrieved 2015-06-11. 

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