Baku 2015: first ever European Games kick off in Azerbaijan

Baku, Azerbaijan.

Baku, Azerbaijan. Image by Francisco Anzola / CC BY 2.0

The opening ceremony for the first ever European Games will be held in the host city of Baku, Azerbaijan, at 9pm local time, while competition in some sporting events, including Water Polo and Synchronised Swimming, is already underway. Over 6000 athletes covering 20 sporting disciplines will take part in the 17-day event. Details of tonight's sold-out ceremony have been kept secret but will feature over 2000 participants. Attention was diverted from sport in recent days, however, after two Austrian synchronised swimmers had to be flown home after they were involved in a coach accident in the athlete's village. Read more: bbc.co.uk

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