Baku, Azerbaijan, May 23
By Elchin Mehdiyev - Trend:
The First European Games have provided a vehicle for the sustainable development of Azerbaijan's economy, Shahin Mustafayev, Azerbaijani minister of economy and industry said in an interview with The Business Year magazine.
The decision to hold the First European Games in Azerbaijan in 2015 is a result of the political-economic stability and international reputation of the country, as well as Azerbaijan's experience of holding major events and competitions, according to the minister.
Mustafayev added that this event will have a significant impact on the promotion of healthy lifestyles and sport, pave the way for employment growth and infrastructure development, while the increase in the number of visitors will stimulate the tourism and service sector.
"The athletes and guests who take part will get to know the country better and see the successful development model of Azerbaijan," he said.
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.