Azerbaijan, Baku, Dec. 11 / Trend E. Mehdiyev /
Holding the first European Olympic Games in Baku will be an important event in the Azerbaijani history, Azerbaijani Minister of Youth and Sports Azad Rahimov said today.
Azerbaijan was prepared with great responsibility to the Congress of the 41st General Assembly of the European Olympic Committee. A decision was made about holding the Games in Baku, the minister said at a press-conference in Baku.
A decision was made to hold the first European Games in Baku at the 41st General Assembly of the European Olympic Committee on Saturday.
The Games will be held in 2015.
The General Assembly of the European Olympic Committee made a decision to hold the first European Games in Baku as a result of a secret ballot by 38 of 48 votes (eight - against, two - abstained).
The new sports facilities will be constructed in connection with the Games in Baku, he said.
Rahimov said some facilities, for example for beach volleyball, will be temporary built. After the European Olympic Games, they will be either dismantled or leased.
The issue of the Olympic village will be also resolved.
"For this purpose, we plan to repair and deliver the buildings, located at Heydar Aliyev Avenue near the "Koroglu" metro station for sportsmen's use," he said.
Rahimov said there will be dining rooms, recreation centers and other facilities.