Baku hosts official opening ceremony of Rhythmic Gymnastics European Championships (PHOTO)

Baku, Azerbaijan, June 13

The official opening ceremony of the 30th Rhythmic Gymnastics European Championships was hosted today in Azerbaijan's capital of Baku.

Azerbaijan's national anthem was performed in the beginning of the ceremony.

Azerbaijani Minister of Youth and Sports Azad Rahimov, head of the European Olympic Committee Patrick Hickey, president of the European Union of Gymnastics Georges Gelzek, who declared the tournament open, delivered speeches at the ceremony.

Then there was a magnificent show.

The 30th Rhythmic Gymnastics European Championships is being held in the National Gymnastics Arena in Baku.

Some 258 gymnasts from 33 countries compete for nine sets of awards in the tournament that is being held in Baku for the third time.

The championship itself will last till June 15.

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