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Other Events - 15 Nov 2013

Seven days of table tennis in Baku


From 12th to 18th June 2015 Baku will host Table Tennis Events at the inaugural European Games. In 4 Medal Events during 7 days of competition will play 128 Athletes (64 Men, 64 Women) in Men’s Singles and Teams, as well in as Women’s Singles and Teams. 

From 12th to 18th June 2015 Baku will host Table Tennis Events at the inaugural European Games. In 4 Medal Events during 7 days of competition will play 128 Athletes (64 Men, 64 Women) in Men’s Singles and Teams, as well in as Women’s Singles and Teams.  The venue of the tournament is Baku Sports Hall.

First details about the organization and the progress in the preparation came with the first news letter. “A year ago, the European Olympic Committees General Assembly gave Azerbaijan the great honour of hosting the inaugural European Games. Under the leadership of the EOC President, Patrick Hickey, a new and innovative multisport Games was born and entrusted to the City of Baku. Since then, a significant amount of work has happened behind the scenes as we laid the foundations of the Games. Most importantly, and thanks to the total support of Mrs. Mehriban ALIYEVA, member of the Executive Committee of the National Olympic Committee of the Republic of Azerbaijan, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador and the Chair of the Baku 2015 European Games Organizing Committee, we have obtained strong guarantees from the Government of Azerbaijan to meet all the EOC requirements. On 28-29 October 2013, the Baku 2015 European Games Operation Committee (BEGOC) hosted the second EOC Coordination Commission in Baku under the Chairmanship of Spyros CAPRALOS, and we were pleased to be able to present to the EOC members the progress that has been achieved across the Baku 2015 venues masterplan, sport programme and team recruitment,” said Azad RAHIMOV Minister of Youth and Sports, Chief Executive Officer of Baku 2015 European Games Operation Committee.

BEGOC highlighted that the European Games will be athlete-focused and a passionate celebration of European Sport. Baku 2015 will deliver the inaugural European Games in the summer of 2015, unifying people across Europe in a passionate celebration of sport. In addition by 2015 there will be flights to 60 airports across 50 cities in 22 countries. The Games will leave world class venues that will be ready to host future international sporting, entertainment and other major events. These new sporting venues and facilities will leave a meaningful legacy especially for the Azerbaijani youth for decades to come.

18 European Federations have confirmed that their sports will form part of the European Games programme. The BEGOC Sport Department has met with each of the 18 European Federations and most have already visited Baku to confirm the number of athletes per sport, disciplines and events that will be included in the European Games and the qualification process for these. Many innovations in the sport programme have been included in these Games to make them a truly unique European model that the EOC can take forward for future editions.

The EOC is still in discussions with the European Athletics Association in relation to the exact format that Athletics may play in these inaugural European Games.

BECOG has worked closely with the EFs to agree how athletes will qualify for the Games and will provide NOCs with detailed information on the Sports Entries and Qualification processes by sport in time for the EOC Secretaries General Seminar in May 2014.

Milica NIKOLIC, EWT

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