Baku, Azerbaijan, June 30
By Aygun Badalova - Trend:
Azerbaijan will play a greater role in international sport for 10 years, an article posted at Around The Rings (ATR) website said.
The inaugural European Games, closed in Baku this weekend, heaped with praise for the smooth operation of the 17-day event, the article said.
In an interview with Around the Rings, Azerbaijani Minister for Youth and Sport, Azad Rahimov says the European Games is a boost for Azerbaijani sports executives to help lead big events in the future of the country, one of the benefits of playing host.
He says the experience will be evaluated quickly by the government to decide whether to go ahead with a bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics.
The European Games kicked off in Baku June 12 and ended June 28. 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 represented their nations over 17 days of competition.
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