Minister: Azerbaijan ready to host Euro 2020 (UPDATE)
Details added (The first version was published at 13:20)
Azerbaijan, Baku, 23 May / Trend I.Izzet /
Hosting the European Football Championship in 2020 in Baku is a great opportunity to represent our country and develop football in Azerbaijan, Azerbaijan's Minister of Youth and Sports Azad Rahimov said on Thursday.
According to him, the absence of a condition of building new stadiums, as it was with regards to Ukraine and Poland, is very important, as it requires a large investment.
Rahimov said if it is decided to hold the European Championship in several countries, the Olympic Stadium for 68,000 spectators under construction in Baku and the capitally renovated stadium named after Tofig Bakhramov will be capable of hosting the European Football Championship.
The President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev on Wednesday signed a decree on measures for nominating Baku to host the European Football Championship in 2020.
According to the order, various international sports competitions, including European and World Championships are held in the country every year due to Azerbaijan's growing international authority and the attention paid to sports. Football holds a special place among these competitions. A striking example is FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup which was held in Azerbaijan in 2012.
Baku's candidacy was put forward for holding the European Championship-2020 to promote and develop football in the country.
Holding such a grand event in Baku will help further development of football in Azerbaijan and the growth of the country's authority in the sports arena, the document said.