European Olympic Games 2015
About the European Olympic Games 2015:
From 12 June to 28 June 2015 Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, will host the First European Olympics, organized by International Olympic Organization, including, as of today, 49 national European Olympic committees. This decision was made on 8 December 2012 at the 41-th General Assembly of the European Olympic Committee held in Roma, in the Italian National Olympic Committee head-quarter at “Foro Italico” stadium.
Ad-hoc organizing committee for the European Games 2015 established on 17 January 2013 appointed Mekhriban Alieva, who had already an experience in holding world-level events such as song contest “Eurovision-2012” also hosted by Baku, as Chairperson. The Organizing committee included Azerbaijani politicians, largest national companies CEO and Olympic champions.
Sportsmen from 49 European countries will take part in the First European Olympics. The program is known to include 15 summer Olympic sports (namely: wrestling, volley-ball, hand-ball, judo, taekwondo, badminton, box, shooting, archery etc). Two non-Olympic sports will also be included, purportedly by karate and dance sport Announcement of final program of the European Games 2015 is planned for March 2014.
Specially for holding the First European Games 2015, Baku is completing construction of six Olympic facilities and has launched erection of two other ones. Besides, the Heydar Aliyev Sport and Concert Complex as well as Tofic Bakhramov Republican Stadium will also be brought into play. An official opening ceremony will take place at the Baku Olympic Stadium currently being constructed at the Beyukshor lakeside and to be completed in 2015.