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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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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.

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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)



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Someone knows what time (with timezone) the closing ceremony will start?

Oh is it almost time for the closing ceremony??? It's on Sunday correct? I hope it's not ridiculously boring like Sochi's. My god what a depressing way to end an event of that caliber! It really made them look extremely soulless, much more soulless than Beijing after their OC.

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brothers doing a great job... but unf. they raised the future games expectations like beijing and sochi. non shall be so volunteered to host future games it seems :D

despite lack of professional athletics swimming and basketball+football stil a good competition before rio. İf EOC decide to inc. all euro champs ( at least swimming athletics wrestling and volleyball) into this games it will be st like olympics even better than asian games..

the main problem....WHO WILL GET THE FLAG for 2019???? :D

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brothers doing a great job... but unf. they raised the future games expectations like beijing and sochi. non shall be so volunteered to host future games it seems :D

despite lack of professional athletics swimming and basketball+football stil a good competition before rio. İf EOC decide to inc. all euro champs ( at least swimming athletics wrestling and volleyball) into this games it will be st like olympics even better than asian games..

the main problem....WHO WILL GET THE FLAG for 2019???? :D

The European swimming and athletics federations have already decided to synch their continental champs from 2018 onwards, so the EOC was probably ignored in that decision. I doubt the EOC even has much power or leverage there...

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_Sports_Championships

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The European swimming and athletics federations have already decided to synch their continental champs from 2018 onwards, so the EOC was probably ignored in that decision. I doubt the EOC even has much power or leverage there...

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_Sports_Championships

love europeans "not to synch anything" behavior :D if it goes like this euro games wont be above then continental youth champ.

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^^ (please delete my other post :S )

I haven't had much time to pay attention to the games but lol the race for the 2019 (now 2018) race surely looks like a disaster. They pretty much didn't planned anything beforehand.

As for the closing I guess that will be good news for certain users here.

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^^ (please delete my other post :S )

I haven't had much time to pay attention to the games but lol the race for the 2019 (now 2018) race surely looks like a disaster. They pretty much didn't planned anything beforehand.

As for the closing I guess that will be good news for certain users here.

There's no race for 2018 though. Obviously the sports feds didn't care about the EOC and are doing their own thing. Let the EOC crawl up another dictator for 2019...

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Cool informations about the Closing Ceremony:





More facts about the Baku 2015 Closing Ceremony:


250 metres: length of aerial lines across the stadium, with a capacity to carry 7.5 tons

450m2 of LED floor tiles used on the three stages

500+ truckloads of freight and 100 tons of airfreight from 20 countries to create the Ceremony

800 speakers and 25km of cabling for the sound system

2,000+ lighting fixtures

12,000+ ear pieces and 180,000+ recycled batteries used by the cast and crew

20.5 million man hours spent building the new Olympic Stadium since work began in June 2011

10,000 pyrotechnics

5,000 hours of preparation on-site have gone into creating the evening’s spectacular pyrotechnics displays

200 hours of programming to sychronise the fireworks with the music

120 pyrotechnic launch pads on the stadium roof



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Oh is it almost time for the closing ceremony??? It's on Sunday correct? I hope it's not ridiculously boring like Sochi's. My god what a depressing way to end an event of that caliber! It really made them look extremely soulless, much more soulless than Beijing after their OC.

No way!!!! I enjoyed Sochi's CC a lot!!! Taking away the emotion and eager feeling of every OC, I think Sochi CC was even beter than the OC. It was, according to me, the third time than the CC was beter than the OC: Nagano, London and Sochi.

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No way!!!! I enjoyed Sochi's CC a lot!!! Taking away the emotion and eager feeling of every OC, I think Sochi CC was even beter than the OC. It was, according to me, the third time than the CC was beter than the OC: Nagano, London and Sochi.

Sochi Closing was pretty good. Not nearly as good as its opening, but the Closing had excellent set pieces -- all greatly representative of Russian art, culture and literature -- the Artistic section (Chagall), the Writers' section, the Circus, the Composers's Section -- and that whole village based on Chekov's characters -- all the great things about Russian culture!! One of the best Closing ceremonies IMHO.

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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)




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