European Games get vote of approval for 2015

December 9, 2012

Pat Hickey President of the European Olympic Committee has confirmed that the European Games has been approved on Saturday by the European Olympic Committees, with Baku, Azerbaijan, to host the first Games in 2015.

The secret ballot of the EOC ends several years of debate, with the motion passing with 38 in favor, eight against and three abstaining.

Baku was the only candidate city to host the first Games, which will take place every four years in the year preceding an Olympic Games. The vote was passed at the two-day EOC assembly

Up to 7,000 athletes will compete in the Games in 2015, in 15 of the 28 summer Olympic sports, athletics and swimming, has not yet been confirmed.

Archery, badminton, boxing, canoeing, fencing, handball, judo, rugby sevens, shooting, taekwondo, table tennis, triathlon and volleyball are all in the running to be included in the calendar for Baku 2015; the EOC and the European Union of Gymnastics are still discussing the concept, and the sport may be included.

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