By Nigar Orujova
Baku continues its preparation ahead of the magnificent sporting event - the inaugural European Games. The city will soon transform into a big sporting venue to make this event unforgettable.
During the Games the building of the National Olympic Committee will turn into a "House of Azerbaijani athletes", said Chingiz Huseynzade, the vice president of the NOC.
He added that during the European Games, the building of the NOC will daily organize meetings from 1.00 p.m. to 2.00 p.m. with those Azerbaijani sportsmen who will secure a place on the podium, in a daily celebration of Azerbaijan prowess.
The meeting will bring together relatives and friends of the athletes, as well as representatives of Azerbaijan and foreign press.
"The main purpose of these meetings is to present our medal winners not only to Azerbaijan, but also Europe. As part of these meetings, an event will be organized in honor of the International Olympic Day on June 23, which is expected to involve the management of the European Olympic Committee," said Huseynzade.
Azerbaijan has pinned great hopes on its 320 athletes, who will represent the country during the Games.
Azad Rahimov, youth and sports minister, earlier voiced belief that Azerbaijani athletes will show good results and win medals at the first European Games in Baku.
Rahimov noted that all conditions have been created for athletes to achieve good results. “The state has mobilized a great deal of resources to ensure that they cared for and trained properly.”
Sport is developing in Azerbaijan and the country is successfully participating in international competitions, including the Olympic Games.
This year’s exciting and innovative new multi-sport event in Baku will include 20 sports, 16 of which are Olympic, during the 17 days of competition in June 12-28. 6,000 athletes will prove themselves in Azerbaijan’s capital.
House of fans
Moreover, Baku will also enjoy “the House of Fans” that will be opened by the Russian Olympic Committee with the assistance of the "Rossotrudnichestvo".
The unique interactive exposition which is dedicated to sports competitions will be held in Baku this June. Athletes from Russia and Azerbaijan will allow anyone to learn about athletes participating in the Games and discover the thrilling ambiance of high competition.
President of the ROC Alexander Zhukov said the first European Games is one of the major sporting events of the year, adding Russia will be represented by its strongest athletes.
The Russian team for Baku 2015 will feature 367 athletes, 317 of whom will contest for medals in Olympic sports.
The Baku House of fans will be located in the central part of the city, in the building of the Russian Information and Cultural Center at Khojali Avenue, 20.
The house will be open for fans on June 12-28 everyday from 10.00 a.m. to 9.00 p.m. Entrance to the exhibition is free.
Nigar Orujova is AzerNews’s staff journalist, follow her on Twitter: @o_nigar
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