Baku, Azerbaijan, May 6
The torch of the first-ever European Games was on May 6 brought from Azerbaijan's district of Hajigabul to the city of Saatli.
During the ceremony organized at the entrance to the city, the torch was enthusiastically met by the residents of the Saatli district.
The torch was received at the symbolic gates of the First European Games by a high school student of the village of Ahmedbeyli of the Saatli district, footballer Mirgiyas Giyasov.
Some 10 torchbearers, handing the torch to each other, passed a distance of 2.9 kilometers. Moving along the Heydar Aliyev Avenue, the athletes brought the torch to the square named after Azerbaijan's National Leader.
Secondary school teacher of the village of Alisoltanli, Vugar Namazov raised the torch to the stage and lit the fire.
A video of igniting of the torch of the first-ever European Games in the temple of fire worshipers, Ateshgah, on April 26 with the participation of Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev, Azerbaijan's First Lady, Chairperson of the Baku 2015 European Games Organizing Committee Mehriban Aliyeva, President of the European Olympic Committees Patrick Hickey and others, was shown at the ceremony.
Baku 2015 is the first-ever European Games, an exciting and innovative multi-sport event for the continent which will take place on June 12-28, 2015.
There will be a total of 20 sports at Baku 2015: 16 Olympic sports and four non-Olympic sports. More than 6,000 athletes from across Europe will be representing their nations over 17 days of competition.
Baku was awarded the games by the European Olympic Committees (EOC) in December 2012.