The European Games
The European Games is a multi-sport event for athletes from all over Europe and is held every four years.The Games are owned, organised and regulated by the European Olympic Committees.
The European Games were created at the General Assembly of the European Olympic Committees on December 9th 2012 in Rome, Italy, when 84% of the National Olympic Committees of Europe voted for the creation of the European Games.
Dates of the European Games
The first edition of the European Games will take place in Baku, Azerbaijan, in June 2015.
The Opening Ceremony is planned to take place on Friday June 12th and the closing ceremony on Sunday June 28th 2015.
Already a number of cities have expressed their interest in hosting the second edition of the European Games in 2019.
The European Olympic Committees is setting up a working group to coordinate the bidding process for the 2019 European Games.
Number of Athletes
It is expected that between 5000 and 6000 athletes will compete in the first European Games. Athletes will be selected and managed by their respective National Olympic Committee (NOC).
Since the Games have become a reality, there has been an overwhelming desire for sports to be part of the first edition in 2015.
This has led to a challenging process within the European Olympic Committees to decide the Sports Programme for the first European Games.
However, so far we can say that 18 sports have been confirmed and have signed up to be part of the European Games in 2015, with another 10 sports on a waiting list for the next edition in 2019.
The 18 sports confirmed so far are the following:
It is expected another one or two sports may be added to this list and will be finalised over the summer months.
Baku 2015 European Games – Qualification System
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Under the leadership of EOC President Patrick Hickey, an EOC Coordination Commission has been established to oversee the organisation of the first European Games.
The following are the members of this commission.
Spyros Capralos (GRE)
Zlatko Mateša (CRO)
Alejandro Blanco (ESP)
André Bolhuis (NED)
Guido De Bondt (BEL)
Sergey Bubka (UKR)
Andrew Craig (GBR)
Nese Gündogan (TUR)
Janez Kocijančič (SLO)
Denis Masseglia (FRA)
Niels Nygaard (DEN)
Pierce O’Callaghan (IRL)
Artūras Poviliūnas (LTU)
Bernhard Schwank (GER)
Roger Talermo (FIN)
Albert Woods (GBR)
Role of the Coordination Commission
To monitor and assist the Organising Committees for the European Games.
To manage and implement the working relationships between the OC, the IFs (EFs) & the NOCs.
The Coordination Commission reports to the EOC Executive Committee through its Chairman
The Coordination Commission:
- ensures that the Host City Contract is followed and applied;
- monitors the progress of the OC;
- assists the OC to deliver a successful European Games;
- approves the levels of service proposed by the OC for different stakeholders.
Under the leadership of the President of Azerbaijan Mr. Ilham Aliyev, who is also the President of the Azerbaijan National Olympic Committee, a very high quality Organising Committee has been established in Baku.
The Organising Committee is chaired by the first lady of Azerbaijan Mehriban Aliyeva and under her direction the Baku European Games Organising Company (BEGOC) has been established.
The CEO of the company is the Minister for Youth and Sport Mr. Azad Rahimov and the Chief Operating Officer is Simon Clegg.
The Games Operational Directors are being recruited and will be announced over the Summer of 2013.
The European Games website www.baku2015.com is on line.