Baku, Azerbaijan, June 17
By Elchin Mehdiyev - Trend:
President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has awarded the President of the European Olympic Committee Patrick Hickey with Sharaf Order on the occasion of his 70th birthday, Azerbaijani Minister of Youth and Sports Azad Rahimov said at a press conference June 16.
The minister emphasized Hickey's support in holding the European Games in Azerbaijan.
The European Games that kicked off in Baku June 12, will last till June 28.
There is 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.
Baku was awarded the games by the European Olympic Committees (EOC) in December 2012.