British journalist impressed by opening ceremony of Baku’s first European Games
Baku, Azerbaijan, June 15
By Huseyn Veliyev - Trend:
The opening ceremony of the first European Games was very interesting and impressed me, British journalist Chris Whitmore told Trend June 15.
"I have been in many countries worldwide, but I have never been to Azerbaijan," he said. "I would like to stress that we have a big difference in cultures. At first I have not understood all details of the opening ceremony of the first European Games. But while looking for the information on the Internet, I have understood the meaning of a pomegranate and other attributes of the opening ceremony."
Whitmore said that the sports arenas, transport, accommodation of athletes and journalists - everything was organized at a very high Olympic level.
"I am very pleased to attend the European Games and to work in Baku," he said. "Very friendly people live here."
The European Games kicked off in Baku June 12 and will last till June 28.
There is 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 CN
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