Baku, Azerbaijan, June 19
By Seba Aghayeva - Trend:
The opening ceremony of the First European Games in Baku was very magnificent, Vice President of Serbian Olympic Committee Zarko Paspalj told Trend June 19.
Paspalj said he enjoyed the opening ceremony of the Games and expressed confidence that so did the athletes.
The ceremony reflected a perfect combination of tradition and culture of Azerbaijan, said the vice president, adding that on the other hand, the opening ceremony clearly showed which place Azerbaijan holds in the modern Europe.
He said that Azerbaijan and Baku 2015 First European Games Organizing Committee did great work.
The Athletes Village and all the sports venues have been constructed perfectly, said Zarko Paspalj, adding that good conditions have been created for the athletes.
Furthermore, the vice president said that 132 athletes are representing Serbia at the First European Games.
He said Serbia has a very strong team, adding that to date, Serbian athletes have grabbed eight medals - five gold and three silver medals - at the European Games.
The European Games that kicked off in Baku June 12, 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 SI
Follow the author on Twitter: @Asebaa