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How will the European Games impact the future olympic bidding process ?


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Now that this is official that Europe will have its European Games, let discuss on how those Games could impact the future olympic bidding process ?

Would some cities stop trying to bid for the Olympics and will prefer the European Games ???

So would we see less European bids for the Olympics ?

Or knowing that there is now a continental Games in Europe, would the IOC members be less tempted to vote for a Europe city and so would we see less Summer European Host cities ?

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I guess nothing will change much. The European Games started quite low profile with only Baku wanting to host the first edition and with some IFs less than thrilled by the idea. These will probably go to cities presently outside olympic capabilities or national metropolises like Bucharest, Kiev, Leipzig, Marseille... Continental games (except the Asian case) not always draw the attention of Alpha cities.

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Since 2002 the Asian Games have not been held in Alpha cities. Previous hosts included Tokyo, Bangkok and Delhi as being Alpha cities, seems as if the interest is eroding.

Same with the Pan Am's only Mexico City in 1955 and 1975 and Sao Paulo in 1963 were Alpha Cities after that no city has been Alpha city hosted the Pan Am Games (except Toronto in 2015). 2019 is certain to not go to an Alpha City.

Commonwealth Games 1998/2006/2010 were in Alpha Cities. 1994/2002/2014/2018 are in cities that are not. If the pattern holds out it will be another non-alpha city Durban 2022 anyone?

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Since 2002 the Asian Games have not been held in Alpha cities. Previous hosts included Tokyo, Bangkok and Delhi as being Alpha cities, seems as if the interest is eroding.

Same with the Pan Am's only Mexico City in 1955 and 1975 and Sao Paulo in 1963 were Alpha Cities after that no city has been Alpha city hosted the Pan Am Games (except Toronto in 2015). 2019 is certain to not go to an Alpha City.

Commonwealth Games 1998/2006/2010 were in Alpha Cities. 1994/2002/2014/2018 are in cities that are not. If the pattern holds out it will be another non-alpha city Durban 2022 anyone?

It depends on chosen criteria. GaWC puts Melbourne on the same classification as Santiago, thus, if they manage to win 2019 (likely), PanAms return to an alpha city host. But maybe this rank isn't very accurate to indicate prestige, since by this same list Rio de Janeiro and Cleveland under the same Beta- class...

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Hey all! I will try to highlight here some important news in regard to European Olympic Games 2015 in Baku, Azerbaijan :)



European Games in Azerbaijan can be held on 19 kinds of sport
Baku – APA. A foreign company will assist our country in organizing the first European Games.

This company will be selected through tender. Such a step has been taken as there is no experience in this field, not only in Azerbaijan but also in Europe,” said the Minister of Youth and Sports Azad Rahimov at the press conference, APA reports.

According to Azad Rahimov, for now it has been specified that European Games will be held on 13 kinds of sport for the present. These are handball, volleyball, rugby, boxing, judo, taekwondo, triathlon, archery, equestrian sport, badminton, fencing, canoe, table tennis. Besides, competitions will also be held on two non-Olympic games: “We offered karate, because this kind of sport has developed in our country well. We had talks with the President of World Karate Federation Antonio Espinosa. He approached positively to the inclusion of karate into the program of the European Games. Pat Hickey, President of the European Olympic Committee offers dance sports. It is true that I have formerly been the president of Azerbaijan Dance Sport Federation. But to what extent are dance sports appropriate to this event? Therefore, chess can be included in the program.

There must not be problem while choosing wrestling, water sports and gymnastics. The issue on athletics is being reviewed. It is not ruled out that in general, European Games will be held on 19 kinds of sport. The number and composition of all sports are to be clarified till March, 2013,” he said.

11 December 2012

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Azad Rahimov gives interview to Eurosport and Inter TV

The Minister noted the importance of the first European Olympic Games for the capital of Azerbaijan, which will be held in Baku in 2015, according to Sport.1news.az.

"On 10 December, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev congratulated our people on this historical achievement. This shows the importance of holding of these major events in the country for both the leadership and our people”, he said “I believe that after the Games we will see further development of Baku”.

The Minister of Youth and Sports paid attention to the fact that Baku bid to host the Olympic Games in 2016 and 2020, and the corresponding work has been done to this end.

"The European Olympic Committee commends the organization of sport events in our country. All this, coupled with a government guarantee on high level arrangement of first European Olympic Games allowed us scoring 38 votes out of 48”, he said.

According to Azad Rahimov, existing urban sports infrastructure makes it possible to hold the European Games in Baku.

"We will construct temporary sports facilities for some sports. In addition, Olympic stadium for 65,000 seats will be ready for the opening ceremony before the Games”, he said, “Sports and Concert Complex named after Heydar Aliyev, the Republican stadium named after Tofig Bahramov and other urban centers will be used. The main issue is the construction of the Olympic Village, there are options."

The Minister said that all proceeds from the sale of broadcasting rights of European games will be passed to Azerbaijan, the country has been given the right to sell tickets. This will supplement our budget by at least 100 million euros. In addition, European games will play a role in the development of tourism, transport infrastructure and other areas.

12 December 2012

News.Az

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Hey all! I will try to highlight here some important news in regard to European Olympic Games 2015 in Baku, Azerbaijan :)

You should probably open a new thread to treat Baku 2015 European Games (not European Olympic Games), as it will be easier to follow it that under a more opened discussion here...

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