European Games, Baku (AZE)
100 days to go
The aquatic competitions promise a series of thrilling events at the first edition of the European Games, to be held in Baku (AZE) on 12-28 June this year. Almost 1,200 aquatic athletes will compete for 56 medals in four disciplines. The winners will also be listed as 2015 junior European Champions.
The European Games are an exciting and innovative new format that will be the continent’s first major multisport event. The Games were designed and are to be regulated by the European Olympic Committees (EOC). Baku was awarded the honour of being the first host of the Games at the 41st EOC General Assembly in Rome, on 8 December 2012.
Known as the City of Contrasts, modern Baku extends far beyond the nucleus of its Old City, a UNESCO heritage site. Award-winning architecture, business centres and skyscrapers can be seen alongside listed buildings, while new developments are redefining the hills that line the picturesque Bay of Baku, and even the coastline itself.
LEN was happy to join the programme of the Games. “This is a great initiative, and we are proud to be part of it” LEN President Paolo Barelli said with 100 days to go until the start of the European Games. “At any multisport event, the aquatic disciplines are always essential to the success of the given showcase. Swimming has become one of the leading sports in the world in recent years and I’m sure our competitions will belong to the highlights of the European Games, too.”
In in order to ensure exciting and really sharp races, the very best junior athletes will compete for the honours on offer.
“We cannot forget that this summer we will have the World Championships which requires doubled efforts from the participants as Olympic berths are at stake in each discipline” Paolo Barelli explained. “One month before the start of this major event the senior athletes are doing their final preparations, so we opted for another solution.”
LEN has decided to integrate the 2015 editions of its junior European Championships to the Games programme. “Our junior European events can look back a long and rich history and they are guaranteeing outstanding races” the LEN President considered. “The brightest stars of European aquatics have made their names first at these events, our young athletes already represent great quality and are capable of producing really high standard competitions.”
In Baku all disciplines but open water will offer a full championship programme. Competitors in swimming, diving and synchro will be making a splash in the new Baku Aquatics Centre, where more than 800 athletes will compete for the honours. More than 360 water polo players will go head-to-head at the Water Polo Arena, another new venue also located in the European Games Park, so almost 1,200 aquatic athletes will show up in Baku who can compete in 56 events altogether.
The best ones will be considered medallists of the European Games but will also be listed as medal-winners of the 2015 junior European Championships in LEN’S archives.
Participation at the European Games
Qualification places for diving will be determined based on the average team size from the last three European Junior Diving Championships, host NOC allocation and universality.
Qualification places for swimming will be determined based on the average team size from the last three European Junior Swimming Championships, host NOC allocation and universality.
Qualification places for synchronised swimming will consist of direct qualification from the last two European Junior Synchronised Swimming Championships, a qualification tournament, host NOC allocation and universality.
Qualification places for water polo will consist of direct qualification from the last two European Junior Water Polo Championships, qualification tournaments and host NOC allocation.
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