Shooting Center opens in Baku

By: Nigar Orujova

Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev and First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva attended the opening ceremony of the Baku Shooting Center in Bilajari, Baku.

Minister of Youth and Sport, Azad Rahimov explained that the complex, which is designed to host shooting sports and skeet shooting tournaments, was refurbished and expanded to cover 19.6 hectares.

All buildings and facilities in the area of the Baku Shooting Center meet the strict requirements of the International Shooting Sport Federation.

A state-of-the-art four-storey hotel will accommodate sportsmen, coaches and guests and a large car-park will offer easy access to the facilities – The parking holds a 495-car capacity with 26 spots reserved for VIPs.

The newly improved center will serve as a venue for the inaugural Baku 2015 European Games’ shooting competitions on June 13-19.

Nineteen shooting events will see compete about 330 athletes. The program features several non-Olympic mixed team events. The winners of the fifteen Olympic events will gain automatic entry to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

The inaugural sporting event will open in the brand new Olympic Stadium in Baku on June 12. Throughout the 17 days of competition, over 6,000 sportsmen will represent 50 countries in 20 sports.