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Jun 12, 2015

European-Baku Games to open under shadow of alleged crackdown

BAKU, June 12 (Reuters) – Azerbaijan has spared no expense in staging the inaugural European Games, which will get underway on Friday with a lavish opening ceremony, but the event has also turned the spotlight on its human rights record.

The energy-rich nation on the Caspian Sea has spent more than a billion dollars to stage its biggest sports extravaganza to date, according to officials, building several dazzling venues from scratch for the 16-day competition.

Jun 12, 2015

Dreams come true for Belarus swimmers at European Games

BAKU (Reuters) – Dominika Tsyplakova had dreamt she was the first ever competitor at the inaugural European Games and on Friday her wish was granted when she and best friend Hanna Shulhina took to the pool as the first synchronised swimming pair.

Her sport kicked off hours before the opening ceremony with the free routine preliminary round and they were drawn to start first.

Jun 12, 2015

European-Dreams come true for Belarus swimmers at European Games

BAKU, June 12 (Reuters) – Dominika Tsyplakova had dreamt she was the first ever competitor at the inaugural European Games and on Friday her wish was granted when she and best friend Hanna Shulhina took to the pool as the first synchronised swimming pair.

Her sport kicked off hours before the opening ceremony with the free routine preliminary round and they were drawn to start first.

Jun 12, 2015

European-Armenian Olympic chief absent from Baku opening ceremony

BAKU, June 12 (Reuters) – Armenia’s Olympic Committee president will not attend Friday’s opening ceremony at the inaugural European Games nor will he travel to Azerbaijan for the 16-day event as relations between the neighbours remain tense.

The two countries are at odds over the Nagorno-Karabakh region and as recently as April several soldiers from both sides were killed and more injured.

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.

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