Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov. 14
By Elmira Tariverdiyeva - Trend:
Armenian sambo wrestlers will participate in the First European Games, to be held in June 2015 in Baku, Azerbaijan, the Armenia Today agency's website said Nov. 14.
A meeting of the Armenian Sambo Federation, held Nov. 11, discussed the issue.
It was decided to hold competitions to reveal the strongest athletes in the weight classes up to 57 kg and 90 kg (men) and 52 kg (women).
The federation also planned to hold training sessions and send the sambo wrestlers to two international tournaments in preparation for the First European Games in Baku.
It was decided to commit the Armenian Sambo Federation to winning at least two medals in Baku, in case of appropriate financial support from Armenia's National Olympic Committee.
Earlier on Nov. 5, the European Olympic Committees (EOC) President Patrick Hickey announced that Armenia will take part in the inaugural European Games in Baku next year, despite the ongoing conflict between the neighboring countries.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.
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.
Edited by SI