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  • Quiet Opening for European Games in Baku -- ATRadio


    06/17/15

    (ATR) The 2015 European Games are underway in Baku, as organizers deal with the aftermath of a bus collision that left three Austrian swimmers injured a day before the opening ceremony.

    Great Britain and Hungary square off in water polo at the 2015 European Games (Getty Images)
    "It's been a fairly quiet opening to a games of this size," Around the Rings European editor Mark Bisson says, having just returned from Baku.

    "There haven't really been that many big issues for Baku 2015 to tackle at the daily press conferences.

    "The Austrian swimming tragedy was perhaps the one that's kept organizers occupied in recent days."

    Organizers swiftly addressed their transport policy to prevent other accidents like the one that took place on June 11 from happening during the European Games.

    Overall, Bisson says the Azerbaijani capital of Baku is buzzing with excitement over the event. Even pop music superstar Lady Gaga got in on the fun during the opening ceremony, performing a cover of John Legend's "Imagine."

    Throughout the next 12 days, organizers say some 7,000 athletes from 50 NOCs will compete in 20 sports.



    Written and produced by Nicole Bennett

    Photos: Getty Images

    Sound: Baku 2015 European Games YouTube channel

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