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fast improving country, will be serious contender in future

Could very well be. Even if they didn't make the short list, they were sure a surprise packet in the early stages of the 2020 race. And when they get their inaugural Euro Games under their belt ...

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Could very well be. Even if they didn't make the short list, they were sure a surprise packet in the early stages of the 2020 race. And when they get their inaugural Euro Games under their belt ...

yes, and i really appriciate their efforts

but ofc, everything is easy when you have money

anyway, this is another region where IOC can open their door

after EuroGames and possibly Universiade they will get huge expirience in hosting

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Buying athletes? Have you confused Baku with a nearby city which also bid for 2016 and 2020? That being Doha?

Azerbaijan surely has home grown talent (and the medals to prove it has, although a short history, the sporting credentials to host), whereas Qatar only has a mere handful, buying athletes from abroad and forcing them to have Arabic names and practice Islam.

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Buying athletes? Have you confused Baku with a nearby city which also bid for 2016 and 2020? That being Doha?

Azerbaijan surely has home grown talent (and the medals to prove it has, although a short history, the sporting credentials to host), whereas Qatar only has a mere handful, buying athletes from abroad and forcing them to have Arabic names and practice Islam.

Azerabiajn also buys, Hayle Ibrahimov and Layes Abudllayeva (athletics) both from Ethiopia, 2 of 3 Azerbaijan's athletes in London

all 3 canoers that they had in London are Ukrainians actually Demyanenko, Bezguliy, Prokopenko

Elena Tckalysh cyclist, Russian - the only Azerri cyclist in London

Aleksandrow rower from Bulgaria

Valentin Hristov bronze medalist in weightlifting, Bulgarian

Velichko Cholakov also Bulgarian, weightlifting

Boyanka Kostova, weighliftng, Bulgarian too

Aman Tahmasebi, Iranian wrestling

Mariya Stadnik, Ukrainian, wrestling silver medalist

Yuliya Ratkevich, wrestler, Belarussian, bronze medalist

all competed in London for Azerbiajan, maybe there are more for some i am not sure

you see how many names i wrote and they had 53 Olympians

there is new scandal in weighlifting, they want Cristina Iovu, Moldovan weightlifter, one of 2 Moldovan medalist, they promissed they will make training center in Moldova, if Moldovans let Iovu to represent Azerbiajan

Azerbaijan*

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