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Baku 2015 European Games announce celebration plans to mark 200 Days To Go

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Baku 2015 European Games will next week host a spectacular light show in the city to mark 200 days to go until the Opening Ceremony of the inaugural sports event. The Old City will host an eye-catching display that will light up the city on Monday 24 November to mark the significant date until the first European Games begins. A stunning Baku 2015 display will be projected onto the iconic Maiden Tower at 20:00 to mark the occasion and a special announcement will also be made on the evening.

Mr Azad Rahimov, Azerbaijan’s Minister of Youth and Sports and Chief Executive Officer of Baku 2015, said: “As we approach just 200 days until the inaugural European Games begin, Baku and Azerbaijan is preparing to host an event that will become an important part of our country’s sporting history.

“We will also be making a very special announcement that will capture the imagination of the entire country, and I would like to be able to share this historic moment with as many people as possible.”

Residents of Baku are invited to attend the celebrations that will begin at 8pm and conclude with a spectacular light show finale.

Mr Simon Clegg, Chief Operating Officer of Baku 2015, said: “As we continue to count down the days until the Opening Ceremony, there is a tangible sense of excitement building weekly throughout the city.

“I would like to invite the people of Baku to come along and join in with our celebrations as we prepare to host Europe’s elite athletes at Baku 2015 next year.”

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Baku 2015 European Games unveils commemorative stamps

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Baku 2015 European Games has today unveiled the first edition of six commemorative postage stamps to celebrate next summer’s inaugural event.

The colourful stamps are unique artistic illustrations featuring six of the Baku 2015 venues, including the new National Stadium that will host the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, as well as Athletics, next year.

Other venues featured include the Tofiq Bahramov Stadium, Crystal Hall, Heydar Aliyev Arena, Baku Aquatics Centre and the National Gymnastics Arena.

Mr Iltimas Mammadov, Azerbaijan’s Deputy Minister of Communication and High Technologies, said: “These beautiful stamps showcase just some of the world-class venues that will host elite sport in Baku next summer.

“They will become popular all over Azerbaijan as memories of the spectacular summer of sport that will unite Europe in celebration.”

Each stamp has the value of 60 qepik, and there will be a second edition released next year featuring illustrations of all 20 sports that will take place at Baku 2015. A third commemorative book featuring all 26 stamps together will also be released at a future date.

Mr Azad Rahimov, Azerbaijan’s Minister of Youth and Sport and Chief Executive Officer of Baku 2015, said: “The stamps are a wider part of collectable items that will be issued to mark the inaugural European Games.

“I am sure that in years to come they will be remembered not only for their striking images of our spectacular venues but come to symbolise the entire country’s support for Baku 2015.”

http://www.baku2015.com/en/news/baku-2015-european-games-unveils-commemorative-stamps


Baku 2015 European Games unveils official mascots Jeyran and Nar

Baku 2015 European Games has today unveiled Jeyran (gazelle) and Nar (pomegranate) as the exciting official mascots for the inaugural sporting event.

Inspired by Azerbaijani nature and heritage, Jeyran and Nar reflect both the country’s proud history and promising future. The pair will symbolize the first European Games around the world as they feature on branding to promote Baku 2015.

“We are extremely happy to introduce Jeyran and Nar to the world, and we hope that they will come to represent the excitement of the inaugural European Games,” said Azad Rahimov, Azerbaijan’s Minister of Youth and Sport and Chief Executive Officer of Baku 2015.

“As symbols of Baku 2015, they will inspire, excite and entertain a new generation of sports fans in Azerbaijan and will be visible around the city and the country in the coming months.”

Jeyran will become the cultural ambassador of the Games, offering visitors a glimpse into Azeribaijan’s rich heritage. From high up in the Caucasus mountains to the shores of the Caspian Sea, Jeyran likes guiding visitors around the country and showing them all that Azerbaijan has to offer.

Jeyran, the Azerbaijani word for gazelle, is a symbol in the country of natural beauty, grace and purity. The gazelle is a protected species in Azerbaijan.

Nar is a sun loving, playful pomegranate who grew up outside of the city of Goychay. Full of life and energy, Nar loves participating in new sports and will be getting involved with the European Games action.

The pomegranate symbolizes unity in Azerbaijani folklore, and features heavily in the colorful Baku 2015 branding already displayed extensively around the city.

“Our mascots are important symbols of the inaugural European Games and we are delighted to be welcoming them to the Baku 2015 family,” said Simon Clegg, Baku 2015 Chief Operating Officer.

“Jeyran will be an elegant cultural ambassador for the Games and for the rich heritage of Azerbaijan. Nar represents the energy, enthusiasm and fun of the Games and will be seen explaining and getting involved with the sports at our venues.”

“We wanted to help bring the European Games to life in a playful and colorful way, and we hope that Jeyran and Nar will become popular across all of Azerbaijan as we look forward to hosting Europe’s elite athlete here at Baku 2015,” said Charlie Wijeratna, Baku 2015 Commercial Director.

“The mascots have started life as flat illustrations, but will soon be animated, and of course transformed in three dimensions to form a part of the merchandising of the European Games.”

Baku 2015 is the first ever European Games, an exciting and innovative multi-sport event for the continent which will take place from 12 – 28 June 2015.

There will be a total of 20 sports at Baku 2015: 16 Olympic sports and four non-Olympic sports. More than 6,000 athletes from across Europe will be representing their nations over 17 days of competition.

Eleven of the sports will offer qualification opportunities for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Those sports include Archery, Athletics, Boxing, Cycling, Shooting, Swimming, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Triathlon, Wrestling and Volleyball.

Baku was awarded the Games by the European Olympic Committees (EOC) in December 2012. The Baku European Games Operations Committee (BEGOC) will organise and run the Games in co-operation with the EOC.

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Baku 2015 European Games unveils commemorative stamps

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Baku 2015 European Games has today unveiled the first edition of six commemorative postage stamps to celebrate next summer’s inaugural event.

The colourful stamps are unique artistic illustrations featuring six of the Baku 2015 venues, including the new National Stadium that will host the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, as well as Athletics, next year.

Other venues featured include the Tofiq Bahramov Stadium, Crystal Hall, Heydar Aliyev Arena, Baku Aquatics Centre and the National Gymnastics Arena.

Mr Iltimas Mammadov, Azerbaijan’s Deputy Minister of Communication and High Technologies, said: “These beautiful stamps showcase just some of the world-class venues that will host elite sport in Baku next summer.

“They will become popular all over Azerbaijan as memories of the spectacular summer of sport that will unite Europe in celebration.”

Each stamp has the value of 60 qepik, and there will be a second edition released next year featuring illustrations of all 20 sports that will take place at Baku 2015. A third commemorative book featuring all 26 stamps together will also be released at a future date.

Mr Azad Rahimov, Azerbaijan’s Minister of Youth and Sport and Chief Executive Officer of Baku 2015, said: “The stamps are a wider part of collectable items that will be issued to mark the inaugural European Games.

“I am sure that in years to come they will be remembered not only for their striking images of our spectacular venues but come to symbolise the entire country’s support for Baku 2015.”

http://www.baku2015.com/en/news/baku-2015-european-games-unveils-commemorative-stamps

Baku 2015 European Games unveils official mascots Jeyran and Nar

Baku 2015 European Games has today unveiled Jeyran (gazelle) and Nar (pomegranate) as the exciting official mascots for the inaugural sporting event.

Inspired by Azerbaijani nature and heritage, Jeyran and Nar reflect both the country’s proud history and promising future. The pair will symbolize the first European Games around the world as they feature on branding to promote Baku 2015.

“We are extremely happy to introduce Jeyran and Nar to the world, and we hope that they will come to represent the excitement of the inaugural European Games,” said Azad Rahimov, Azerbaijan’s Minister of Youth and Sport and Chief Executive Officer of Baku 2015.

“As symbols of Baku 2015, they will inspire, excite and entertain a new generation of sports fans in Azerbaijan and will be visible around the city and the country in the coming months.”

Jeyran will become the cultural ambassador of the Games, offering visitors a glimpse into Azeribaijan’s rich heritage. From high up in the Caucasus mountains to the shores of the Caspian Sea, Jeyran likes guiding visitors around the country and showing them all that Azerbaijan has to offer.

Jeyran, the Azerbaijani word for gazelle, is a symbol in the country of natural beauty, grace and purity. The gazelle is a protected species in Azerbaijan.

Nar is a sun loving, playful pomegranate who grew up outside of the city of Goychay. Full of life and energy, Nar loves participating in new sports and will be getting involved with the European Games action.

The pomegranate symbolizes unity in Azerbaijani folklore, and features heavily in the colorful Baku 2015 branding already displayed extensively around the city.

“Our mascots are important symbols of the inaugural European Games and we are delighted to be welcoming them to the Baku 2015 family,” said Simon Clegg, Baku 2015 Chief Operating Officer.

“Jeyran will be an elegant cultural ambassador for the Games and for the rich heritage of Azerbaijan. Nar represents the energy, enthusiasm and fun of the Games and will be seen explaining and getting involved with the sports at our venues.”

“We wanted to help bring the European Games to life in a playful and colorful way, and we hope that Jeyran and Nar will become popular across all of Azerbaijan as we look forward to hosting Europe’s elite athlete here at Baku 2015,” said Charlie Wijeratna, Baku 2015 Commercial Director.

“The mascots have started life as flat illustrations, but will soon be animated, and of course transformed in three dimensions to form a part of the merchandising of the European Games.”

Baku 2015 is the first ever European Games, an exciting and innovative multi-sport event for the continent which will take place from 12 – 28 June 2015.

There will be a total of 20 sports at Baku 2015: 16 Olympic sports and four non-Olympic sports. More than 6,000 athletes from across Europe will be representing their nations over 17 days of competition.

Eleven of the sports will offer qualification opportunities for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Those sports include Archery, Athletics, Boxing, Cycling, Shooting, Swimming, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Triathlon, Wrestling and Volleyball.

Baku was awarded the Games by the European Olympic Committees (EOC) in December 2012. The Baku European Games Operations Committee (BEGOC) will organise and run the Games in co-operation with the EOC.

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I like the gazelle! Pretty animal.

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Baku 2015 COO Simon Clegg tells Around the Rings it’s “full steam ahead” for European Games preparations as venue construction goes right to the wire.

“We continue to race ahead at 100mph which has been necessary since day one because of the compressed nature of delivering this event in such a short timescale,” Clegg said of the 30-month lead-in to next summer’s inaugural Games.

With less than 200 days to the June 12 opening, the 55-year-old says there’s plenty on Baku’s to-do list.

“It’s full steam ahead. The workload and intensity of the workload is unbelievable but has to be sustained,” he told ATR in Baku, venue for last week’s European Olympic Committees general assembly.

Baku 2015 is moving from the planning to the operational phase.

Still to complete are a series of broadcast contracts; around 30 have been been announced 30 so far. Deals are expected to be announced with TV companies in North and South America, China and Australia among others.

The seventh and likely final top-tier sponsorship will be unveiled in December, he added.

But it’s the stadium and arena build, overlay and fit-out that is most pressing for Baku 2015 organisers.

The aquatics centre is ready but the temporary venues for beach soccer and volleyball and 3x3 basketball won’t be built until after the winter - and there is a huge amount of landscaping to do in that venue cluster. “I am very relaxed about that. I am still confident they will be handed over in sufficient time for us to undertake overlay and fitout,” said the former London 2012 director.

The athletics track has gone down at the 68,000-seat national stadium but Clegg says the venue isn't scheduled to be handed over to organisers until April. A domestic test event is planned just weeks before the European Games open.

He admits the venues are going right to the wire. “Yes, but they always were on a 30-month lead time,” Clegg said. “We are making good progress [across the project].

“But no-one should underestimate just how much work still has to be done to deliver an inaugural event where there is no file on the shelf which actually shows what they did last time."

While Baku 2015 has hired officials involved in the organisation of the London Olympics, Clegg said they have had to adapt their expectations to the EOC’s event that is of “a totally different size and scale”.

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