By Nigar Orujova
Baku 2015 Chief Operating Officer Simon Clegg expressed his incredible satisfaction with the level of attendance on the first European Games competitions at all venues.
“Yesterday was another good day. We had 14 sessions at four different venues with seven sports medal events taking place. We had over 30,000 spectators at all the venues yesterday with the average attendance of 74 percent,” Clegg said at a press conference in Baku on June 19.
Wrestling competitions have ended on June 18, he said stressing that it was the most popular sport at Baku 2015 to date, that attracted the highest number of spectators.
June 19 is the last day of the table tennis and taekwondo competitions, Clegg noted.
Baku 2015 spectators will be able to enjoy archery, beach volleyball, boxing, shooting, diving, artistic gymnastics, table tennis, taekwondo, volleyball, water polo, aerobic gymnastics, acrobatic gymnastics and trampoline events on June 19.
On the eighth day of the European Games, the athletes will contend for 11 medal sets: two sets in diving, two - acrobatic gymnastics, one in artistic gymnastics, two sets in shooting, two – table tennis and two in taekwondo.
Azerbaijani athletes will participate in all events to be held June 19, except for table tennis and water polo.
The high attendance is no surprise, as tickets for some competitions were sold out days before the events. Moreover, tickets for closing ceremony that is expected to be amazing taking into account the grand opening event, is also out of stock.
The Baku 2015 European Games is widely covered by TV and online around the world.
Baku 2015 European Games is an innovative competition that gathered over 6,000 athletes from 50 countries to compete in 20 sports. Twelve sports will provide licenses for Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Baku.
The magnificent opening ceremony of the Games warmed hearts of Azerbaijanis and showed the history of the country around the world on June 12. The event will last until June 28.
Tickets for Baku 2015 can be purchased directly from 11 conveniently located ticket outlets around Baku, including Park Bulvar, 28 Mall, and Metro Park Baku, and online atwww.baku2015.com/tickets.
Nigar Orujova is AzerNews’s staff journalist, follow her on Twitter: @o_nigar
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