Among the latest additions to the Dutch team for Baku 2015 are Table Tennis veterans Li Jie and Li Jiao as well as five artistic gymnasts.
Li Jie is currently ranked number 20 in the world and competed at the Beijing 2008 Olympics. The 42-year-old Li Jiao meanwhile is ranked 34th in the world and is a five-time world champion, with singles titles in 2007 and 2011 to her name. Britt Eerland was also chosen for the Dutch Table Tennis team in Azerbaijan.
The Artistic Gymnastics team features the women's trio of London 2012 Olympian Céline van Gerner as well as Lisa Top and Lieke Wevers. Karl Kosztka and Casimir Schmidt will make up two-thirds of the men's team with the third spot to be filled at a later date.
The Dutch team will compete in 24 disciplines in 17 sports. The Dutch Chef de Mission Mr. Jeroen Bijl said he was very pleased with the team.
«When we started a year and a half ago, there were things unclear about the program and the strength of the team. Now it appears that many Dutch athletes take it very seriously,» Mr. Bijl said.
«We have had, as always when we’re sending out a team, high demands on participation. A large group has met the requirements,» he added.
Here is a full list of the Netherlands athletes to compete at Baku 2015:
Archery: Sjef van den Berg, Mitch Dielemans, Rick van der Ven, Esther Deden, Annemarie der Kinderen, Shireen-Zoë de Vries
Basketball 3x3: Sharon Beld, Jinga Gosschalk, Karen Heinen, Karin Kuijt
Beach Volleyball: Michiel van Dorsten, Steven van de Velde, Sophie van Gestel, Jantine van der Vlist, Rimke Braakman, Jolien Sinnema
Boxing: Peter Müllenberg, Nouchka Fontijn
Canoe Sprint: Eef Haaze
Cycling BMX: Twan van Gendt, Jelle Gorkom, Merle van Benthem, Laura Smulders
Cycling Mountain Bike: Michiel van der Heijden
Cycling Road Race: Stef Clement, Niki Terpstra, Mathieu van der Poel, Pim Ligthart, Wouter Wippert, Nick van der Lijke, Chantal Blaak, Lucinda Brand, Anna van der Breggen, Ellen van Dijk, Annemiek van Vleuten, Marianne Vos
Diving: Pascal Faatz, Daphne Wils, Noor Lanen, Kimberley Lee
Fencing: Bas Verwijlen
Artistic Gymnastics: Karl Kosztka, Casimir Schmidt, Céline van Gerner, Lisa Top, Lieke Wevers
Judo: Jeroen Mooren, Dex Elmont, Guillaume Elmont, Noël van ’t End, Henk Grol, Roy Meyer, Birgit Ente, Sanne Verhagen, Anicka van Emden, Kim Polling, Guusje Steenhuis, Marhinde Verkerk, Tessie Savelkouls
Karate: Moreno Sheppard
Shooting: Peter Hellenbrand
Swimming: Marrit Steenbergen, Marieke Tienstra, Iris Tjonk, Tes Schouten, Laura van Engelen, Frederique Janssen, Jasmijn Boon, Josien Wijkhuijs, Pien Schravesande
Table Tennis: Li Jie, Li Jiao, Britt Eerland
Taekwondo: Jeroen Wanrooij, Joyce van Baaren, Reshmie Oogink
Trampoline: Bo Bet, Kirsten Boersma
Triathlon: Maaike Caelers, Rachel Klamer
Wrestling: Jessica Blaszka