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Sports Europe is intensively preparing for the _rst major continental celebration of sports and Olympism – the European Games in Azerbaijan, Baku 2015. Based on the long-time-ago wish of the European Olympic Committees (EOC) to introduce the continental games – as it is in the worldwide practice – the _rst historic games will be held in about a year – from June 12th-28th 2015, and they will bring together approximately 6.000 athletes and around three thousand accompanying persons from 49 National Olympic Committees, members of the EOC.

Zagreb, June 2014. - Sports Europe is intensively preparing for the firrst major continental celebration of sports and Olympism – the European Games in Azerbaijan, Baku 2015. Based on the long-time-ago wish of the European Olympic Committees (EOC) to introduce the continental games – as it is in the worldwide practice – the first historic games will be held in about a year – from June 12th-28th 2015, and they will bring together approximately 6.000 athletes and around three thousand accompanying persons from 49 National Olympic Committees, members of the EOC.
According to the estimates of the COC’s office for Olympic program, around 150 Croatian athletes could qualify for the European Games, all of them excellent and top athletes from 24 sports as per the program (the qualifications that began in January this year have already confirmed three obvious candidates from _eld of gymnastics) .
To certain athletes, the Games in Baku in 2015 will be a crucial criteria for the Olympic Games in Rio in 2016. This refers to the athletics, cycling, beach volleyball, swimming, table tennis, shooting, taekwondo and triathlon. President of the COC Zlatko Matesa, one of the leading officials of the EOC, Secretary General of the COC Josip Cop and Assistant for the Olympic program Damir Segota, held on May 14th, 2014 the first meeting with the representatives of national sports federations, where they discussed this and other issues concerning the performance at the EG 2014 and agreed the dynamics of the preparation plan and performance.