European games: Sports or politics competition?


Fireworks illuminate the sky during the opening ceremony of the 2015 European Games at the Baku Olympic Stadium, Baku, Azerbaijan, 12 June 2015. The 2015 European Games are being held in Azerbaijan from 12 to 28 June 2015.

The Azerbaijani President’s Aide for Public and Political Affairs, Ali Hasanov, is sure that this malicious campaign which is led by some organizations and media representatives, is a method of pressure to the countries which has its independent policy and does not bow down to someone’s will. Mr Hasanov is sure that the supporters of this campaign will not achieve their aim – to turn Azerbaijan from its independent policy.

Azerbaijan is currently hosting the first ever European Games. Finally, continent scaled games, such as the Pan-American or Asian games have also arrived in Europe.

As it is the first Europe-scaled sports games, all attention of the international community is focused both on the games as well as the host country: Azerbaijan.

Yet, this attention is not monosemantic. Some accept these games as a sporting festival, which connects the troubled continent, while some direct their attention to an...

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