Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct. 24
The Baku 2015 European Games today begins a nationwide tour of Azerbaijan's schools called 'European Games For Everyone' to educate and inform pupils about next summer's inaugural event.
A team from the Baku 2015 European Games Operations Committee (BEGOC) will travel to the nation's 57 regions for a series of presentations, lectures and sporting displays over the next eight months, Baku 2015 European Games Operations Committee told Trend.
Baku 2015 plan to visit more than 500 schools to inspire the country's 14 to 17 year olds with details about the biggest sporting event ever to be held in Azerbaijan.
"Part of the lasting legacy of the inaugural European Games will be to excite the next generation of budding Azerbaijani athletes," Mr Simon Clegg, Baku 2015 Chief Operating Officer, said.
"By taking the messaging of Baku 2015 around the country, the Regional Schools Tour will help to share the anticipation that is already building within the host city," he said.
"The whole of Azerbaijan will be proud of what is achieved by Baku 2015, so it important that we help educate and inform the country's youth about all aspects of the European Games," he said.
"The Baku 2015 European Games are a very important moment in the history of Azerbaijan, so we are keen to share our excitement and news of our progress with all of the regions," Mr Elchin Safarov, Corporate Director of Baku 2015, said.
"Our young people will have the unique opportunity to enjoy elite sport in world-class venues for the very first time, and we want to ensure they feel connected to the European Games," he said.
Baku 2015 is the first ever European Games, an exciting and innovative multi-sport event for the continent which will take place from 12 - 28 June 2015.
There will be a total of 20 sports at Baku 2015: 16 Olympic sports and four non-Olympic sports. More than 6,000 athletes from across Europe will be representing their nations over 17 days of competition.
Eleven of the sports will offer qualification opportunities for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Those sports include Archery, Athletics, Boxing, Cycling, Shooting, Swimming, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Triathlon, Wrestling and Volleyball.
Baku was awarded the Games by the European Olympic Committees (EOC) in December 2012. The Baku European Games Operations Committee (BEGOC) will organise and run the Games in co-operation with the EOC.