First European Games held successfully – Russian Olympic Committee
The First European Games in Baku were held successfully from all points of view, both in terms of organization and the competition level, President of Russian Olympic Committee Alexander Zhukov said.
He said that the tournament has a room to grow in terms of the program, RIA Novosti reported.
If the European Olympic Committees agree with the international federations of athletics and swimming on holding European championships as part of the Games, the tournament's level will increase by many times, according to Zhukov.
"I believe that all the federations watched the First European Games and understood that it is a serious competition and participation in it has significance," said the president of Russian Olympic Committee.
He added that Russian team, which grabbed 164 medals, including 79 gold ones at Baku 2015, performed brilliantly.
"We didn't set targets for the number of medals, but the result is really impressive. Many athletes, swimmers, gymnasts, wrestlers performed excellently," Zhukov said.
The First European Games that kicked off in Baku June 12 will wrap up this evening. There was a total of 20 sports at Baku 2015: 16 Olympic sports and four non-Olympic sports.
More than 6,000 athletes from across Europe came to Baku to represent their nations over 17 days of competition. Baku was awarded the games by the European Olympic Committees (EOC) in December 2012.