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Jun 13, 2015

European-Baku organisers prepared for anti-Armenian sentiment

BAKU, June 13 (Reuters) – The Azeri organisers of the European Games are prepared for anti-Armenian sentiment from the home crowd, they said on Saturday, a day after the neighbouring country’s team was booed at the opening ceremony.

Relations between the two nations have been tense for decades over the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh and thousands of Azeri spectators booed and jeered the Armenian team loudly as it entered the Olympic stadium during the athletes’ parade on Friday evening.

Jun 12, 2015

Lady Gaga surprise guest at Games opening ceremony

BAKU (Reuters) – Pop star Lady Gaga sang John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ sitting at a flower-covered piano as the inaugural European Games got off to a glamorous start in the Azeri capital with a dazzling opening ceremony on Friday.

The American six-time Grammy Award winner was a surprise addition to the ceremony, aimed at setting the stage for 16 days of competition in the continent’s first multi-sports event which Azerbaijan hopes will put it firmly on the global sports map.

Jun 12, 2015

Lady Gaga surprise guest at European Games opening ceremony

BAKU (Reuters) – Pop star Lady Gaga sang John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ sitting at a flower-covered piano as the inaugural European Games got off to a glamorous start in the Azeri capital with a dazzling opening ceremony on Friday.

The American six-time Grammy Award winner was a surprise addition to the ceremony, aimed at setting the stage for 16 days of competition in the continent’s first multi-sports event which Azerbaijan hopes will put it firmly on the global sports map.

Jun 12, 2015

European-Lady Gaga surprise guest at Games opening ceremony

BAKU, June 12 (Reuters) – Pop star Lady Gaga sang John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ sitting at a flower-covered piano as the inaugural European Games got off to a glamorous start in the Azeri capital with a dazzling opening ceremony on Friday.

The American six-time Grammy Award winner was a surprise addition to the ceremony, aimed at setting the stage for 16 days of competition in the continent’s first multi-sports event which Azerbaijan hopes will put it firmly on the global sports map.

Jun 12, 2015

Austrian swimmer not in ‘acute danger’

BAKU (Reuters) – The Austrian synchronised swimmer hit by a shuttle bus in the European Games athletes’ village is out of “acute” danger but will require more surgery with her spine also affected, the country’s Olympic committee said on Friday.

Vanessa Sahinovic, 15, was one of three Austrian swimmers injured as she walked along the pavement in the village on Thursday. She was flown back to Vienna the same day.

Jun 12, 2015

Baku Games to open under shadow of alleged crackdown

BAKU (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

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.

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