EOC: European Games approved at last
LAURA WALDEN in ROME / Sports Features Communications
December 8 - After years of discussion the European Olympic Committes (EOC) have approved the European Games. The first edition will be held in Baku, Azerbaijan in June 2015.
The European Games will have a roster of 15 Olympic sports disciplines with two non-Olympic sports. The first ones will be a test for the 2019 edition to see how the program plays out.
Sports already slated for the program are: archery, badminton, boxing, canoeing, fencing, handball, judo, rugby sevens, shooting, taekwondo, table tennis, triathlon and volleyball.
Dance sport and karate will be the two non-Olympic sports on the program. Karate is in the running to become and Olympic sport in 2020. Dance sport should bring on television coverage given the popularity of dance competition programs abroad in the USA and Great Britain.
Now the EOC will have to liaise with the International Sports Federations and work this into the calendar.
Originally in the '90's when Dr. Jacques Rogge was then president of the EOC before he went on to become IOC chief, he carried out a feasibility study on the European Games over the 28 Olympic sports.
The already active sports calendar was a large deterrent for the project going ahead.
The new plan seems to have been the recipe for success for a new elite event on the European sports calendar.
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