Baku, Azerbaijan, May 7
By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:
Several Western countries have taken a biased stance towards Azerbaijan on the eve of the Baku 2015 First European Games, Yasar Yakis, Turkey's former foreign minister, told Trend May 7.
He considers it wrong to mix sports and politics.
"Unfortunately, some countries, especially the Western ones, in their interests, do not separate sports from politics," said the ex-foreign minister.
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.
Edited by SI
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