By Nigar Orujova
The Baku 2015 European Games has signed an agreement with national broadcaster Azerbaijan Television and Radio Broadcasting to air coverage of this year's inaugural Games in the host country.
The deal will see the continental event, including live action, the Opening and Closing Ceremonies and the Torch Relay, being screened on both the AzTV and Idman-Azerbaycan (Sport) channels over 17 days.
The Baku 2015 European Games will be a defining moment in Azerbaijan's history, said Azad Rahimov, Azerbaijan's Youth and Sports Minister and chief executive of Baku 2015.
“AzTV is a national institution for the Azerbaijani people, so it is wonderful that the whole country will be able to experience the event and support our competitors,” he said.
“It is vitally important for the inaugural European Games to reach as many viewers in the host country of Azerbaijan as possible, and I'm delighted that we've reached an agreement with AzTV,” said Simon Clegg, chief operating officer of Baku 2015.
AzTV chairman Arif Alishanov said he is proud to bring the first European Games to viewers across Azerbaijan.
The inaugural European Games, which are expected to attract more than 6,000 athletes to compete across 20 sports, will take place in the Azerbaijani capital from June 12 to June 28.
The Games will be broadcast in Europe and all over the world.
Nigar Orujova is AzerNews’s staff journalist, follow her on Twitter: @o_nigar
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