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  1. Baku Expected To Enter Olympic Bid Race

    On the heals of successfully hosting the first European Games in Azerbaijan this month, Baku is said to be set to bid for the Olympic Games, the head of the European Olympic Committees (EOC) told the Associated Press Sunday.

    EOC President Pat Hickey said that he expects officials to “announce very shortly that they will be a bidder for the future.”

    Baku failed in consecutive bids for the 2016 and 2020 Games, both times missing the short list and the final International Olympic Committee (IOC) election ballot. But with the European Games behind them along with experience and the construction of key infrastructure – the city is said to be ready for another try.

    Last week Azad Rahimov, Azerbaijan’s Youth and Sport Minister said “we have time until September, to analyze the outcome of the European Games, just to see where we are, what our possibilities are and after that, I think the decision will be made.”

    September 15 is the deadline for the submission of nominations for the 2024 Olympic Games so the Azerbaijan capital can still consider entering the current race immediately or wait until the 2028 bid that will kick off some time in 2019.

    Paris entered the 2024 race last week and immediately became the bookmakers’ favourite. Rome was first to enter the race but is struggling due the the weak Italian economy that forced its exit from the 2020 race. Boston, set to unveil “bid 2.0″ later Monday, has had difficulty finding acceptance among Boston constituents and may not make it to the starting line. Budapest is set to enter the race in July after receiving expected government approvals.

    The IOC will elect a winner in 2017 at a session in Lima, Peru.

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  2. If the list of cities is strong and Baku is evaluated as the sixth best bid it might get left out anyway, as Rio was for 2012. The IOC has to draw a line somewhere with the shortlist.

    I agree. In my opinion 2024 race is already very strong so Baku should better wait, make further improvements in infrastructure and hosting experience and and come back stronger for 2028.

  3. Further, Baku is constantly increasing its capacity in sense of hotels and alternative accodomation, last year opened a brand new airport terminal, as well as got a lof of experience in hosting large scale events and the process is still going on with the upcoming Chess Olympiad 2016, U-17 EURO 2016, World Sailing Championship 2016, Formula 1 Baku Grand Prix 2016, Islamic Solidarity Games 2017, EURO 2020 etc.

    That is why I believe this time it would be unfair to leave Baku outside of shortlist.

  4. At the very least I think they should.

    But yea I'm looking at the capacity of the venues for the European Games vs the capacity for the venues at London and Rio, and they almost have to start from scratch. I highly doubt that most of the venues can be renovated to increase seating to 2/3 times its current capacity. The Olympic stadium can certainly be increased a few thousand. There was a lot to play around with in that whole area where the screen projection was. Also you have to think of soccer stadiums

    Of course, Baku's chances to host the Olympics are stll not high, however, in case of bidding this time the city must make it to the shortlist.

    Baku might use some of its existing venues, expand capacity and build some new ones.

    Venues such as Crystal Hall, Heydar Aliyev Sport Center, Baku Shooting Center, Baku Cycling and BMX Center, National Gymnastics Arena, Kur Rowing Center could be used as they are.

    Olympic stadium could be expanded up to 80K. As for Aquatics Center, let's say the existing one will be used for synchronised swimming and diving, while a bigger (temporary?) one will be needed for swimming.

    A number of football arenas, smaller sport centers as Baku Sport Center, Sarhadchi Sport Club, Baku Boxing Center etc. could be used as supporting venues. Moreover, Baku Expo Center could be used for some of the sports.

  5. Someone mentioned Turkey is interested in hosting, but there might be a good chance that by the way things are looking right now, Baku could be hosting again if no one wants to step up to the plate.

    I doubt it. This scenario is not possible since Azerbaijan has other priorities too. In the next few years Azerbaijan is organizing a number of other events, such as Chess Olympiad 2016, Formula 1 Baku Grand Prix, Islamic Solidarity Games 2017 etc. with EURO 2020 group stage and quarter-final games to play in Baku. Azerbaijan is also keen on grabbing either Champions Leage or Europe League final after 2017 and I believe it will continue bidding for Olympics putting a stronger bid every time.

    As for the Turkey's interest, that is not a rumour. Turkish, Russian and Belarussian Olympic Committee Presidents told to media about their interest in hosting the next edition of the European Games. Russia told that they have at least four cities (Moscow, Saint-Petersburg, Sochi and Kazan) cabable of hosting it. Turkey told about bringing games to Istanbul or smaller cities such as Mersin and Antalya. Belarus told they applied to EOC about hosting the next edition in Minsk and they expect for the EOC's reaction. So the worst scenario for the European Games 2019 is once again to be hosted in Eastern Europe, namely in another former soviet country, however, EOC will do its best to bring the next edition to the Western Europe.

  6. I believe that the European Games is a nice concept for mid-size cities, such as Prague, Budapest, Vienna etc. which once considered Olympic bids. Those cities should definitely go for it. For those, European Games would be a great experience in hosting and organizing an event of a large scale.

    In the future, EOC should also work on adding the main tournaments of athletics and swimming which would raise up the quality of this event.

  7. About the games, I found a very tepid event, emotionless by the public, both in sporting events and in the ceremonies. Most installations were without public during the games. In outdoor events Baku looked like a ghost town. Triathlon for example people circled the street as if nothing was happening.

    I don't agree with this point of yours. Despite to the fact this event was not as big as Summer Olympics, it still attracted a lot of spectators who were willing to watch the games live:

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    Of course there were some sports, such as swimming where countries were represented by youngsters or athletics represented by 3rd league but even those sports attracted thousands of people:

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    Baku is not a ghost city. It is just some sports such as triathlon were held in Amburan village, some 20 km away from the city. However even there were spectators:
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  8. If nobody in Europe wants it....send it elsewhere. :)

    As far as I know Belarus, Turkey and Russia want it but EOC wants to move it somewhere to a western European country. This is why Holland was believed to be a good choice. There are still some other western European options EOC would not like to disclose right now. We will hear the name of the EG 2019 host soon.

  9. Photos of the day
    Tuesday 23 June
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    BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - JUNE 23: Ana Maria Branza of Romania celebrates victory after the Women's Fencing Individual Epee semi final against Erika Kirpu of Estonia during day eleven of the Baku 2015 European Games at the Crystal Hall on June 23, 2015 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images for BEGOC)
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    BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - JUNE 23: Athletes compete in the Men's 400m Freestyle heats during day eleven of the Baku 2015 European Games at the Baku Aquatics Centre on June 23, 2015 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images for BEGOC)
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    BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - JUNE 23: Petr Koukal of Czech Republic competes in the Men's Singles Group E match against Emre Vural of Turkey during day eleven of the Baku 2015 European Games at the Baku Sports Hall on June 23, 2015 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images for BEGOC)
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    BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - JUNE 23: Domien Loubry of Belgium drives to the basket against Ilia Aleksandrov of Russia during the Men's 3x3 Basketball Pool B match on day eleven of the Baku 2015 European Games at the Basketball Arena on June 23, 2015 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images for BEGOC)
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    BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - JUNE 23: Stanimira Petrova of Bulgaria (red) and Anna Alimardanova of Azerbaijan (blue) compete in the Women's Boxing Bantamweight (51-54kg) Quarter Final during day eleven of the Baku 2015 European Games at the Crystal Hall on June 23, 2015 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Harry Engels/Getty Images for BEGOC)
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    BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - JUNE 23: Anastasiia Bavyikna of Russia prepares to serve during the Women's Volleyball quarter final match between Turkey and Russia on day eleven of the Baku 2015 European Games at the Crystal Hall on June 23, 2015 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images for BEGOC)
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    BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - JUNE 23: Alberto Pellegrini of Italy celebrates his victory over Fernando Casares of Spain compete during the Men's Fencing Individual Sabre quarter finals on day eleven of the Baku 2015 European Games at the Crystal Hall on June 23, 2015 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images for BEGOC)
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    BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - JUNE 23: Kseniya Poznyak of Azerbaijan celebrates a point during the Women's Volleyball quarter final match between Azerbaijan and the Netherlands on day eleven of the Baku 2015 European Games at the Crystal Hall on June 23, 2015 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images for BEGOC)
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    BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - JUNE 23: Paul Hentschel of Germany celebrates as he wins gold in the Men's 400m Freestyle final during day eleven of the Baku 2015 European Games at the Baku Aquatics Centre on June 23, 2015 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images for BEGOC)
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    BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - JUNE 23: Orhan Haciyeva of Azerbaijan shoots the ball against the Czech Republic during the Men's 3x3 Basketball Pool D match on day eleven of the Baku 2015 European Games at the Basketball Arena on June 23, 2015 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images for BEGOC)
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    BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - JUNE 23: (L-R) Silver medalist Pawel Sendyk of Poland, gold medalist Andril Khloptsov of Ukraine and bronze medalist Daniil Pakhomov of Russia pose with the medals won during the Men's 50m Butterfly final on day eleven of the Baku 2015 European Games at the Baku Aquatics Centre on June 23, 2015 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images for BEGOC)
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    BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - JUNE 23: Katheleen Weiss (2) and Anja Brandt (12) of Germany jump at the net to block Katarzyna Skowronska-Dolata of Poland (17) during the Women's Volleyball quarter final between Poland and Germany on day eleven of the Baku 2015 European Games at the Crystal Hall on June 23, 2015 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images for BEGOC)
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    BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - JUNE 23: Aneta Rygielska of Poland celebrates victory over Anais Kistler of Switzerland in the Women's Boxing Light Welterweight (60-64kg) Quarter Final during day eleven of the Baku 2015 European Games at the Crystal Hall on June 23, 2015 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Harry Engels/Getty Images for BEGOC)
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    BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - JUNE 23: Sean McComb of Ireland celebrates victory over Yasin Yilmaz of Turkey in the Men's Boxing Lightweight (60kg) Quarter Final during day eleven of the Baku 2015 European Games at the Crystal Hall on June 23, 2015 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Harry Engels/Getty Images for BEGOC)

    Basketball 3x3
    Tuesday 23 June
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  10. Trampoline

    Sunday 21 June


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    Aerobic Gymnastics

    Sunday 21 June


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    Athletics

    Sunday 21 June


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    BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - JUNE 21: Hayle Ibrahimov of Azerbaijan celebrates winning the Men's 5000 metres during day nine of the Baku 2015 European Games at the Olympic Stadium on June 21, 2015 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images for BEGOC)




  11. Best photos of the day

    Friday 19 June


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    Men's +80kg Taekwondo silver medallist Vladislav Larin, gold medallist Radik Isaev and bronze medallists Vedran Golec and Daniel Ros Gomez. Matthias Hangst/Getty Images


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    BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - JUNE 19: The Azerbaijan team celebrate their victory during the Women's volleyball Preliminary match between Azerbaijan and Belgium on day seven of the Baku 2015 European Games at Crystal Hall on June 19, 2015 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Harry Engels/Getty Images for BEGOC)


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    BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - JUNE 19: Sebastien Martiny and Allan Morante of France compete in the Men's Gymnastics Synchronised Trampoline Qualification during day seven of the Baku 2015 European Games at the National Gymnastics Arena on June 19, 2015 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images for BEGOC)


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    BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - JUNE 19: Great Britain compete during the Aerobic Gymnastics Groups qualification during day seven of the Baku 2015 European Games at the National Gymnastics Arena on June 19, 2015 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images for BEGOC)


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    BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - JUNE 19: An athlete collects her arrows during a practice session prior to the start of Archery Women's Individual 1/32 Elemination during day seven of the Baku 2015 European Games at the Tofiq Bahramov Stadium on June 19, 2015 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Robert Prezioso/Getty Images for BEGOC)


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    BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - JUNE 19: Riccardo D'Andrea of Italy celebrates after defeating Samuel Kistohurry of France in the Men's Bantam Weight (56kg) Round of 16 Bout during day seven of the Baku 2015 European Games at the Crystal Hall on June 19, 2015 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Harry Engels/Getty Images for BEGOC)


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    BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - JUNE 19: Leonardo Basile of Italy competes in the Men's Taekwondo +80kg Quarter Final against Ivan Konrad Trajkovic of Slovakiaduring day seven of the Baku 2015 European Games at the Crystal Hall on June 19, 2015 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images for BEGOC)


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    BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - JUNE 19: Olqa Senyuk of Azerbaijan competes against Simona Bancila of Romania in the Archery Women's Individual 1/32 Elimination during day seven of the Baku 2015 European Games at the Tofiq Bahramov Stadium on June 19, 2015 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Robert Prezioso/Getty Images for BEGOC)


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    BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - JUNE 19: Radik Isaev of Azerbaijan celebrates winning gold against Vladislav Larin of Russia after the Men's +80kg Taekwondo gold medal final during day seven of the Baku 2015 European Games at the Crystal Hall on June 19, 2015 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images for BEGOC)


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    BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - JUNE 19: (L-R) Silver medalists James Heatly and Ross Haslam of Great Britain, gold medalists Ilia Molchanov and Nikita Nikolaev of Russia and bronze medalists Firthjof Siedel and Nico Herzog of Germany pose on the medal podium for the Men's Diving 3m Synchronised Final during day seven of the Baku 2015 European Games at the Baku Aquatics Centre on June 19, 2015 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images for BEGOC)


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    BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - JUNE 19: Lotte Johansson of Sweden lines up her shot in the Women's 50m Rifle 3 Positions Qualification during day seven of the Baku 2015 European Games at the Baku Shooting Centre on June 19, 2015 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images for BEGOC)



  12. We all here knows Baku is a devoloped city and have a huge population. But why the outdoor events are in ghost neighborhoods? Why not in this crowded streets and around the edge of Baku? I'm a bit decepcioned

    I told you why. Archery is held in 32K Tofik Bahramov stadium. I guess nobody expected to see this stadium full for archery tournament.

    Beach volleyball, water polo and basketball 3x3 are held in European Games park, which is located in a brand new Bayil waterfront park. This area used to be one of the poorest and dirtiest industrial zone. Aquatics Center is also located there and it is pretty full during the games. However, as I explained earlier the issue that outdoor venues are not always so full is they are not covered and the weather in Baku is very hot at 11-2 pm these days.

    All in all, the venues of Baku are crowded these days for this scale of event so I find it a bit odd to point out this fact.

  13. I was actually surprised that there are pretty many at some events. But disapointed at other. Especially the outdoor sports outside venues. Triathlon, cycling for example. Not much people along the roads, if any at all. I think, there must be people somewhere in the city? Or is the city allways inside... it seems like a ghostcity with a lot of beutifull Buildings, but no people

    Baku is not a ghost city at all. On the contrary, normally it is a very vivid city with a lot of people and traffic on the streets, especially in downtown and coastal area. But I agree that in summer in the evening time there is more people on the streets.

    One of the pedestrian streets in downtown Baku:

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  14. Maybe i'm the wrong impression but most events is with the venues is empty? I was watching the beach volleyball, archery and even the marathon and I saw very few people in the stands or during the course watching the competitions.

    It depends on the sports. Swimming, wrestling, shooting, boxing, volleyball and especially gymnastics attracts a lot of attention and the venues are pretty full.

    Archery is held on the Tofik Babhramov stadium with 32K capacity and beach volleyball is held on one of the arenas in EG Park. The issue with attendance of those two is as follows: one has an extremely large capacity for an archery tournament and the second one is only partly covered so it is very hot to watch the games in a sunny weather. It is +32 in Baku :)

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