[:en]First European Games kicks off in Baku[:]


Baku 2015 European Games, first in the history of the European continent, has started in Baku, Azerbaijan today.

It is an exciting and innovative multi-sport event for the continent that will take place on June 12-28.

There will be 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.

The president of the Russian Olympic Committee, Alexander Zhukov said the first European Games in Baku is the most important sporting event of the year.

The Baku 2015 torch was lit at the Ateshgah temple on April 26.

The torch was delivered to 60 cities and districts of Azerbaijan, and on June 7 it was brought to Baku, passing a distance of 5,500 kilometers.

The program has begun with the synchronized swimming competition. A qualifying stage of the duet competition has started in the free program. The program involves the athletes from 20 countries, including Azerbaijan, Slovakia, Poland, Hungary, Spain, the Czech Republic, Russia, Turkey and Ukraine.

Currently, Russian synchronized swimmers – Valeria Filenkova and Daria Kulagina are in the lead, scoring 89.2333 points together. Ukrainian athletes (87.5333 points) ranked second, while Spanish athletes (85.7333 points) ranked third.

Two synchronized swimmers Tatyana Nikitina and Yekaterina Valiulina represent Azerbaijan in this kind of sport at the European Games.

They scored 71.4333 points. Azerbaijani athletes ranked are 14th.