Baku, Azerbaijan, Sept. 24
By Emil Ismayilov - Trend:
Regardless of Armenia's decision on taking part in the First European Games in 2015, Azerbaijan will ensure the Armenian delegation's security in case it arrives in Baku, the Youth and Sports Minister of Azerbaijan Azad Rahimov told reporters Sept. 24.
He said the Azerbaijani side is also ready to solve the issues regarding visas.
"We guarantee the provision of security and settlement of visa issues at the state level," he said.
Armenia has not so far officially confirmed its participation in the First European Games.
Baku 2015 is the first ever European Games which will take place between June 12 and June 28, 2015.
There will be a total of 20 sports at Baku 2015: 16 Olympic sports and four non-Olympic sports. Over 6,000 athletes from across Europe will be representing their nations over 17 days of competition.
Nine of the sports will offer qualification opportunities for the Rio Summer Olympic Games in 2016. Those sports include Archery, Athletics, Cycling, Shooting, Swimming, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Triathlon and Volleyball.
Baku was awarded the Games by the European Olympic Committees (EOC) in December 2012. The Baku European Games Operations Committee (BEGOC) will organize and run the Games in cooperation with the EOC.