Baku, Azerbaijan, June 5
By Jamila Aliyeva - Trend:
The First European Games to be held in Baku is a great chance to show Azerbaijan to Europe and to the world, Rafael Harpaz, Israeli ambassador to Azerbaijan told Trend.
"We are sure that the Games will have great success," said the ambassador. "We are also impressed with all the facilities, infrastructure, it is incredible."
In Israel, there is a big excitement around the First European Games in Baku, said Harpaz, adding that two Israeli channels will broadcast the Games in Baku.
"Israel is going to send the biggest ever delegation in our history of sports, more than in Olympic Games, more than in European Championship," said the ambassador.
Harpaz said Israel has a delegation of 200 people coming for the Games, while the country had 60 athletes in London Olympic Games.
The ambassador said that the First European Games are very important for Israel. "Israel was among the first countries to support the Games in Azerbaijan."
Israel has close sport relations with Azerbaijan and the Olympic committees of Azerbaijan and Israel have close partnership, said Harpaz. "Our Olympic Committee expects around 6-9 medals."
The ambassador said that the opening ceremony of European Games matches the religious holliday Shabat in Israel this is why Israeli leadership can not attend the opening.
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.