"The Baku 2015 European Games are a very good chance to improve our sports infrastructure and to speed up projects we have been planning for a long time." Minister of Youth and Sport of Republic of Azerbaijan Azad Rahimov told in his exclusive interview to the EurActiv, SIA informs.
According to Azerbaijani Minister, it’s also a chance for our young people to gather experience from a large-scale event. Two and a half years ago, it was very difficult to find 10 young people with basic understanding how to organise such an event, Now we have over 1000 young people involved in the Baku games operating committee, who have gained experience, and will be able to promote themselves in different markets, and help organise similar events in different countries.
"It will be a major chance to show Baku to the world as a European country, as a Muslim, but secular state, as a good bridge between East and West, between the Muslim Orient and the Christian Europe, and to show the beauty of the country, its very ancient history, our music, art, food and hospitality. It is very important for a country that gained independence only 23 years ago to position itself on the map of Europe as a European country. Very often the question is asked “Where is Azerbaijan?” After the Eurovision song contest [which the country hosted in 2012, after winning in 2011 and after the European Games, most people will know the answer, " added Mr Rahimov.