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Ashgabat? Chisenau? Tashkent?? :lol:

You failed miserably in case you tried to sound ironic. Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan are not members of EOC so no chance for them. Moldova is too poor to host such a large-scale event.

In the meantime, 11 out of the 16 Olympic sports (there will be 20 sports in total) on the programme of EG 2015 now include qualification opportunities for SOG 2016 in Rio:

Baku 2015 European Games To Offer Qualification Opportunities In Boxing And Wrestling For Rio 2016 Olympic Games

Baku 2015 European Games has today confirmed that Boxing and Wrestling at next summer’s event will offer qualification opportunities for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

The sports will offer athletes the chance to begin their journey to Olympic Games qualification, ens

uring a high standard of competition at the inaugural European Games.

In total, 11 of the 20 sports at Baku 2015 now offer qualification opportunities for the next Olympic Games to be held in Brazil.

Mr Patrick Hickey, President of the European Olympic Committees, said: “I am delighted to see that the sports programme at Baku 2015 continues to move in the right direction with Boxing and Wrestling now confirmed as part of their road to Rio 2016.

“Part of the European Olympic Committees’ vision for the European Games was to create an elite competition that offered athletes increased opportunities to test themselves at the very highest level, so we are very pleased that Baku 2015 is delivering exactly that.”

Mr Simon Clegg, Baku 2015 Chief Operating Officer, said: “The fact that so many international sports federations are including the inaugural European Games as part of their Olympic Games qualification process is testament to what a top quality event we will have here in Azerbaijan.

“The European Olympic Committees and President Patrick Hickey have ensured their vision of a major multi-sport event for the entire continent will be one of great value that will see Europe’s finest athletes improve their chances of competing successfully at future Olympic Games.”

In Boxing, athletes who win a medal in each of the 10 men’s weight categories at Baku 2015 will win a place at the AIBA 2015 World Boxing Championships. The top ranked boxers at that competition will then win a quota place for their National Olympic Committee (NOC) at Rio 2016.

In Wrestling, European athletes and NOCs are obliged to compete in the Baku 2015 European Games as the first part of their qualification journey to Rio 2016.

Mr Pierce O’Callaghan, Baku 2015 Director of Sport, said: “The European Federations have completely embraced the vision of the European Games and it is a reflection of the world-class competition we will have at Baku 2015 that 11 of the 16 Olympic sports on our programme now include qualification opportunities for the next Olympic Games.

“Boxing and Wrestling will be two of the most popular sports at the first European Games, so it is great to know that many of the athletes will begin their road to Rio 2016 here.”

The 11 sports now offering Rio 2016 qualification opportunities are Archery, Athletics, Boxing, Cycling, Shooting, Swimming, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Triathlon, Wrestling and Volleyball.

http://www.baku2015.com/en/news/baku-2015-to-offer-qualification-opportunities-in-boxing-and-wrestling-for-rio-2016-olympics

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Have I missed something? Who is bidding for '19 and is there any info on the www about these bids or this process?

Kazan, Amsterdam and Glasgow were mentioned some time ago, but it all seems rather secretive - just like with this rather sudden decision to start in 2015 with Baku as only interested city.

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I read on Wikipedia that Glasgow won't be Bidding. Whether there is any Truth in that, I don't know.

According to Wikipedia:

Amsterdam/Rotterdam, Holland.

Warsaw, Poland.

Poznan, Poland.

Katowice, Poland.

Krakow, Poland.

Wroclaw, Poland.

Lodz, Poland.

Kazan, Russia.

Sochi, Russia.

Istanbul, Turkey.

Mersin, Turkey.

All these are looking at Bidding - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2019_European_Games- Source: Wikipedia.

I agree. Out of those potential Bidders, Amsterdam and/or Rotterdam seems to be the Best choice. I assume only one City can Bid from each Country.

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Albania players 'bruised & bloodied' by Serbia violence

Albania players were left "emotionally shaken and psychologically distraught" by the violence that caused their Euro qualifier with Serbia to be abandoned, says the nation's football association.

Players and fans clashed in Belgrade after a flag with a political message was flown into the stadium by a drone.

Uefa has charged both countries' FAs.

In a lengthy and emotive statement, the Albanian FA condemned the "racist violence" of the Serbia players and "negative propaganda" of their FA.

"With cuts and bruises and bloody traumas to the head, the Albanian side was understandably emotionally shaken and psychologically distraught, unable to play the beautiful game in such an ugly, ugly situation," read the statement, written by Albanian FA marketing & PR director Gazmend Malo.

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Stefan Mitrovic pulled down the flag before Albania players tried to grab it back

"Yet the Serbian media has gone into high gear trying to put the blame on our beautiful boys, even contorting such ridiculous stories like the one that involves the Prime Minister's brother as the person controlling the drone.

"Some Serbian media went as far as to declare that Olsi Rama was arrested, which he certainly wasn't, but the vile nature of negative propaganda thrives on such lies.

"It is disheartening to hear recent statements of the Serbian Football Association, that do not muster the courage to take responsibility for their complete failure at organising a safe international sporting event.

"The Serbian side seems unable to condemn the violence, extremism and racism that was displayed at Belgrade, but rather, they seem too busy weaving political statements that do not serve any purpose but to defend the shameful acts of racist violence and the unsportsmanlike conduct of their players, fans and security staff."

How the incident unfolded

A drone carrying an Albanian nationalist flag, showing claims on neighbouring territories, is flown above the stands and pitch at the Partizan Stadium

Serbia defender Stefan Mitrovic pulls down the flag, which several Albania players then attempt to take

A melee involving numerous players ensues, prompting English referee Martin Atkinson to lead the teams off the field after some fans got on to the pitch

Following a delay of about 30 minutes, the match is abandoned

The statement also defended the use of a drone to fly the flag, which bore the Albanian black-eagle insignia, a map of a notional 'Greater Albania' and the faces of Ismail Qemali and Isa Boletini, two important figures in the era that centred around the country's independence in 1912.

"When the drone flew over the stadium, as the only way to fly national colours in an aggressively hostile environment, the mayhem was more than 40 minutes old," said the statement. "The Albanian flag was considered a provocation, but that is the only flag we've got."

Serbia defender Stefan Mitrovic attempted to pull the banner down, sparking clashes between players and fans that led to English referee Martin Atkinson abandoning the game in the 41st minute with the score at 0-0.

Albania's Bekim Balaj attempted to retrieve the flag from Mitrovic and was attacked by a pitch invader with a plastic chair. But the 23-year-old said: "With the players we have no problem. Even the Serbian guys, they tried to stop this situation."

The statement from the Albanian FA comes a day after the Serbian FA (FFS) released its own, which accused its counterpart of being part of a political plot "whose sole aim was to force the game to be abandoned".

"The incident itself and the behaviour of the Albanian players, coach and staff leaves no room for doubt that they were part of a synchronised plan to stop the match," the statement read.

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A skirmish between Serbian and Albanian players broke out on the pitch

"For the truth and justice we will not and do not want to allow the perpetrators who violated football to present themselves as victims."

Uefa has charged FSS with insufficient organisation, crowd disturbance, setting off/throwing of fireworks and missiles, field invasion by supporters and the use of a laser pointer, while the Albanian FA is charged with "refusing to play" and the "display of an illicit banner".

The European governing body's Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body will hear the case on 23 October.

This is the latest incident in the history of turbulent relations between the Balkans rivals.

Much of the conflict relates to the former Serbian province of Kosovo, which declared independence in 2008 and has a mainly Albanian population.

It has been recognised by the United States and major European Union countries, but Serbia refuses to do so, as do most ethnic Serbs inside Kosovo.

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Baku, Azerbaijan are making excellent progress in their Preparations for the 2015 European Games. This could be the start of a possible successful Summer Olympics and Paralympics Bid one day.

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Baku, Azerbaijan are making excellent progress in their Preparations for the 2015 European Games. This could be the start of a possible successful Summer Olympics and Paralympics Bid one day.

Baku Azerbaijan has been making great steps lately and they are doing all the right things and development is keep on growing and growing Baku Azerbaijan may not be ready in 2024 for to host the games maybe they will be the runner up city in 2024, I think in 14 years time Baku Azerbaijan will be ready to host the Summer Games with Baku hosting the Formula One and if they go well with the EURO Games Baku is an easy laid out city easy to be develop into an Olympics Ready city.

Baku Azerbaijan is getting experience in hosting multi sporting events and developing the city they are doing all the right things and is learning how to be better unlike some cities like Istanbul, I could see an Baku Azerbaijan SOPG happening within the next 50 years.

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To be completely honest I think the first European Games taking place in Azerbaijan just reinforces perceptions that major international events are just the playthings of dictators. Russia, China, Qatar, Azerbaijan... terrible place to start in my opinion.

You forgot to add Kazakhstan too.

At least Azerbaijan is making an effort, investing lots of Money into Sports Infrastructure.

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And the others markun mentioned (or Kazakhstan) didn't/don't make that effort???

Well, Russia has contributed nothing but trouble.

Kazakhstan lies about their Bid, claiming to have a low cost Olympic Games when they won't.

China has pollution issues and Human Rights issues.

Don't even get Me started on Qatar. A corrupt Bid for the 2022 Fifa World Cup.

At least Azerbaijan are actually Building Facilities, Hosting smaller events First and keep on Bidding with improved Bids.

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Well, Russia has contributed nothing but trouble.

Kazakhstan lies about their Bid, claiming to have a low cost Olympic Games when they won't.

China has pollution issues and Human Rights issues.

Don't even get Me started on Qatar. A corrupt Bid for the 2022 Fifa World Cup.

At least Azerbaijan are actually Building Facilities, Hosting smaller events First and keep on Bidding with improved Bids.

Azerbaijan has trouble with Armenia. Azerbaijan has HR issues and pollution issues. Azerbaijan probably also made unrealistic promises about the costs etc etc

None of these were issues in your previous message which just concerned the effort of building venues.

In short: Azerbaijan is no better than those others you like to bash. You just decided to think Azerbaijan is the good guy, without caring to inform yourself.

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To be completely honest I think the first European Games taking place in Azerbaijan just reinforces perceptions that major international events are just the playthings of dictators. Russia, China, Qatar, Azerbaijan... terrible place to start in my opinion.

honestly i wouldn't be surprised if all these events are hosted by dictated nations because it's the dictator's ambition that made the nation bid and this is what democratic nations is lack of because democratic nations will put people above their personal ambitions.....

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Well, Russia has contributed nothing but trouble.

Kazakhstan lies about their Bid, claiming to have a low cost Olympic Games when they won't.

China has pollution issues and Human Rights issues.

Don't even get Me started on Qatar. A corrupt Bid for the 2022 Fifa World Cup.

At least Azerbaijan are actually Building Facilities, Hosting smaller events First and keep on Bidding with improved Bids.

Can't wait for North Korea to host Synchronized Swimming World Championships so Kim Jung-Un can ogle all those buxom Scandianvians he lusts after!! :lol:

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Well, Russia has contributed nothing but trouble.

Kazakhstan lies about their Bid, claiming to have a low cost Olympic Games when they won't.

China has pollution issues and Human Rights issues.

Don't even get Me started on Qatar. A corrupt Bid for the 2022 Fifa World Cup.

At least Azerbaijan are actually Building Facilities, Hosting smaller events First and keep on Bidding with improved Bids.

Russia is the past, stop dwelling on it. It remains to be seen if they will still host the 2018 World Cup.

And Kazakhstan is lying because? If the organizing committee and government is doing their numbers correctly as of now, then even with cost overruns, it certainly won't be to Sochi figures.

As for China, we've been there done that, it's a decent bid because of it, you know what to expect, you won't necessarily get as much risks as you would with Almaty.

We all know about Qatar, no need to repeat it for the umpteenth time.

As for Baku, they will end up hosting one day, perhaps in the 2030's, if you claim yourself there be better European bidders, then count Baku out. They may or may not make the Candidate list this time.

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