Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Chess to be included in Baku Games 2015
Chess included Baku Games 2015 program
14 JANUARY 2014, 18:11 (GMT+04:00)
By Nigar Orujova
Chess has been included into the program of the inaugural European Games, which will be held in Baku in summer 2015, Azerbaijani Youth and Sports Minister Azad Rahimov said on January 14.
Despite not being an Olympic sport, the European Commission made a special decision to include chess and karate in the list of sports to be presented at these games, he said.
"Of course, all the reforms carried out in Azerbaijan in the field of chess will continue at an even higher level. Azerbaijan will be represented in the upcoming games by a strong team of chess players whose performances must be successful," he said.
Rahimov said a large number of people and volunteers will be involved in the work on preparations for the European Games.
"Preparations for the European Games actually began in early 2013. Preparation work has been underway for more than a year, but was intensified from December 2013. And this year is crucial. Equipment must be delivered, work at the Olympic village must be completed and all issues related to transport and others must be settled in coming days," he said.
Baku Games will involve around 6,000 competitors from the 49 Olympic nations of Europe across 20 sports, including new formats and disciplines featuring for the first time at a major European sports event.
The list of sports currently includes Aquatics, Archery, Athletics, Badminton, Basketball 3x3, Beach soccer, Boxing, Canoe Sprint, Cycling, Fencing, Gymnastics, Judo, Karate, Shooting, Table tennis, Taekwondo, Triathlon, Volleyball, and Wrestling.
The games will start on June 12, 2015.