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Baku Celebrates 600 Day Countdown To First European Games

International Olympic Committee (IOC) member Patrick Hickey, President of the European Olympic Committees, says: "Great Games start with great venues.  Baku's venues will be among the most spectacular ever assembled for a major international sporting event and will provide a thrilling atmosphere for athletes, spectators, broadcasters and viewers alike.  With 600 days to go, Azerbaijan is well on schedule to deliver a high quality experience for Europe's Olympic athletes and nations, and the continent's first major pan-European multi-sport event."

Baku is the largest city on the Caspian Sea with a population of over 2 million.  Once an important staging post on the Silk Road, it sits at the crossroads between Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.  Today, Baku combines modern, award winning architecture with an Old City that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Azerbaijan is a multicultural society with a tradition of tolerance and warm hospitality.

For more information visit http://www.baku2015.com

Notes to the editor:

About European Games Baku 2015

The European Games is a multi-sport event for athletes from all of the 49 National Olympic Committees of Europe and is held every four years.  The inaugural European Games have been awarded to Baku, Azerbaijan.  The Games are owned, organized, and regulated by the European Olympic Committees.  The European Games were created at the General Assembly of the European Olympic Committees on December 9th, 2012 in Rome, Italy, when the overwhelming majority of the National Olympic Committees of Europe voted for the creation of the European Games.  It was at this General Assembly that the NOC's awarded the Games, again by overwhelming majority, to the City of Baku, Azerbaijan.  For more information please visit our website http://www.baku2015.com

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