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Baku, Azerbaijan, June 12
By Anvar Mammadov - Trend:
The first European Games in Baku is the most important sporting event of the year, the president of the Russian Olympic Committee Alexander Zhukov told reporters June 12 at the opening ceremony of the House of Russian fans in Baku.
The opening of the House of Russian fans in Azerbaijan is an evidence of very close links between the two countries, he said.
"The cooperation between Azerbaijan and Russia in the field of sport is constantly developing," said Zhukov. "Azerbaijani and Russian athletes, as well as fans of our countries, historically have very much in common. We have a common sporting heritage formed in the Soviet era, common cultural and historical traditions."
He said even the medals awarded during the first European Games in Baku are the result of joint work by the Russian company Adamas, which made the medals of the Olympics in Sochi, and the Azerbaijani company AzerSuvenir.
"Namely due to these circumstances we are opening a common House of Fans of Russia and Azerbaijan in the hospitable land of Baku and we hope that it will become a territory of friendship and communication, as well as cognitive platform interesting to all the guests," said Zhukov.
He said that in the House of Fans, one can not only get acquainted with various sports equipment represented by the Russian athletes, but also remember the famous Soviet athletes, coaches and referees representing the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic and the Azerbaijan SSR, as well as outstanding athletes who glorified their country after gaining independence.
Baku 2015 is the first-ever European Games, an exciting and innovative multi-sport event for the continent that began on June 12 and will last until June 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.
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