Holding European Games in Muslim country wise decision – President Aliyev; “This is one of the wise decisions in terms of multiculturalism, mutual interaction of civilizations and cultures”

Baku: “The European Games is going to be large scale enough. We expect more than 6,000 sportsmen and women in 20 sports. In general, it can be compared to the Summer Olympic Games. We have the capacity to host more sportsmen and women and more sports. But this quantity was found out to be enough. Our main difficulty is that the time for preparation was too little – only two years and half. But we didn’t waste this time,” said President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev in an interview with Russia-24 TV channel of All-Russia State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company.

The head of state said new sports facilities and transportation infrastructures have been constructed:

“We’re very pleased that the European Olympic Committee has entrusted this right to Azerbaijan. The European Games has never been held before. Since the very beginning – when the decision was taken to hold the European Games in Baku– we decided to host the Games at the highest level possible, the level of the Summer Olympic Games. This is going to be a great European holiday,” he said.

The Azerbaijani president said the holding of the European Games in a Muslim country is a wise decision. “This is one of the wise decisions in terms of multiculturalism, mutual interaction of civilizations and cultures. In 2017, Baku will host the Islamic Solidarity Games. That is, Azerbaijan will host Europe, the Islamic world, and sometimes Formula 1 races,” the head of state noted.

SOURCE: AZERI PRESS NEWS AGENCY