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Jun 11, 2015

Azerbaijan rejects human rights violations claims on Games eve

BAKU (Reuters) – Azerbaijan rejected claims it had cracked down on human rights activists and political opponents ahead of the European Games starting on Friday, saying there were no political prisoners in its jails.

Baku is playing host to the first continental multi-sports event and accusations of consistent human rights violations have accompanied it ever since it was awarded the Games back in 2012.

Jun 11, 2015

Games-Azerbaijan rejects human rights violations claims on Games eve

BAKU, June 11 (Reuters) – Azerbaijan rejected claims it had cracked down on human rights activists and political opponents ahead of the European Games starting on Friday, saying there were no political prisoners in its jails.

Baku is playing host to the first continental multi-sports event and accusations of consistent human rights violations have accompanied it ever since it was awarded the Games back in 2012.

Jun 11, 2015

Baku cost, size won’t scare cities off European Games – EOC chief

BERLIN (Reuters) – Azerbaijan’s multi-million investment in the inaugural European Games will not scare off other cities in the future, the head of the European Olympic Committees said on Thursday, a day after Netherlands pulled out of staging them in 2019.

The Dutch government refused to support the project, pulling the plug less than a month after being awarded the second edition of the continental multi-sports event, saying authorities could not come up with 57 million euros ($64.15 million).

Jun 11, 2015

Games-Baku cost, size won’t scare cities off European Games-EOC chief

BERLIN, June 11 (Reuters) – Azerbaijan’s multi-million investment in the inaugural European Games will not scare off other cities in the future, the head of the European Olympic Committees said on Thursday, a day after Netherlands pulled out of staging them in 2019.

The Dutch government refused to support the project, pulling the plug less than a month after being awarded the second edition of the continental multi-sports event, saying authorities could not come up with 57 million euros ($64.15 million).

Jun 11, 2015

Baseball, softball apply for Tokyo 2020 Games inclusion

BAKU (Reuters) – Baseball and softball officially applied for inclusion in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics on Thursday as they look to earn back their spot in the Games they lost after 2008.

The two sports, united under the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) to boost their chances of an Olympic return, are seen as strong contenders for a place on the Tokyo Games program with Japan one of the countries where the sports enjoying a massive following.

Jun 11, 2015

Olympics-Baseball, softball apply for Tokyo 2020 Games inclusion

BAKU, June 11 (Reuters) – Baseball and softball officially applied for inclusion in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics on Thursday as they look to earn back their spot in the Games they lost after 2008.

The two sports, united under the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) to boost their chances of an Olympic return, are seen as strong contenders for a place on the Tokyo Games programme with Japan one of the countries where the sports enjoying a massive following.

Jun 10, 2015

Cash-strapped Dutch drop hosting of 2019 European Games

BAKU (Reuters) – Netherlands on Wednesday surprisingly pulled out of hosting the 2019 European Games two days before the inaugural continental multi-sports competition gets underway in Azerbaijan, saying it would cost too much.

The Dutch were the only bidders for an event similar to the Pan-American and Asian Games when they were awarded the hosting rights less than a month ago but the country’s Olympic Committee said it had since failed to win the government’s support.

Jun 10, 2015

Games-Cash-strapped Dutch drop hosting of 2019 European Games

BAKU, June 10 (Reuters) – Netherlands on Wednesday surprisingly pulled out of hosting the 2019 European Games two days before the inaugural continental multi-sports competition gets underway in Azerbaijan, saying it would cost too much.

The Dutch were the only bidders for an event similar to the Pan-American and Asian Games when they were awarded the hosting rights less than a month ago but the country’s Olympic Committee said it had since failed to win the government’s support.

Jun 10, 2015

Baku will be ‘big bang moment’ for Games – Clegg

BAKU (Reuters) – The European Games will provide the momentum for the first major continental multi-sports event to establish itself in the international sports calendar, Baku 2015 chief operating officer Simon Clegg said on Wednesday.

On a day when Netherlands surprisingly pulled out of hosting the 2019 edition, Clegg said the event was “here to stay.”

Jun 10, 2015

Games-Baku will be ‘big bang moment’ for Games – Clegg

BAKU, June 10 (Reuters) – The European Games will provide the momentum for the first major continental multi-sports event to establish itself in the international sports calendar, Baku 2015 chief operating officer Simon Clegg said on Wednesday.

On a day when Netherlands surprisingly pulled out of hosting the 2019 edition, Clegg said the event was “here to stay.”

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