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  • First European Games Come to Close -- ATRadio


    (ATR) The first European Games are coming to a close today in Baku with Russia topping the medals table by a landslide.

    Russian swimmer Danlil Pakhomov competes at the 2015 European Games. (Getty Images)
    In this Sunday edition of ATRadio, Around the Rings recaps reaction to the final days of competition at the inaugural European Games.

    The Azerbaijani capital of Baku opened the 2015 European Games on June 12.

    Some 7,000 athletes from 50 NOCs have packed the athletes' village over the past two weeks.

    Despite lackluster attendance for a few events on the program and ticketing issues, many sports leaders who have spoken with ATR deem the games a success.

    Mark England, Great Britain's chef de mission for the 2015 European Games, spoke with ATR on June 22 and said Team GB was very happy with operations in Baku.

    England also said that the event has generated excitement among athletes hoping to compete at the 2016 Summer Olympics.

    "In particular," England said, "we've got every confidence in the Rio 2016 organizing committee in pulling off what I'm sure will be a fantastic Games for all 205 NOCs."

    Twelve out of the 20 sports on the program for the European Games doubled as qualifiers for the Rio Olympics.

    Last week, Around the Rings European correspondent Brian Pinelli also highlighted a few of his favorite moments from the European Games prior to the final five days of competition in Baku.

    Written and produced by Nicole Bennett

    Photos: Getty Images

    Sound: Baku 2015 European Games YouTube channel

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