European Games

European Games
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The European Games is an international multi-sport event in the Olympic tradition contested by athletes from European nations. The Games were envisioned and are to be governed by the European Olympic Committees (EOC), which announced their launch at its 41st General Assembly in Rome, on 8 December 2012.[1] The 2015 European Games, the first edition of the event, took place in Baku, Azerbaijan in June 2015, and further editions are planned every four years thereafter. The 2019 edition is scheduled for Minsk, Belarus.

The European Games are the continental Games in the Olympic tradition to be initiated, after the Asian Games, Pan American Games, Pacific Games and African Games. As of 2015, every continent[2] has a continental games.[3]

The European Games are not related to the European Championships, a separate multi-sport event organised by individual European sports federations, bringing together the individual European Championships of Athletics, Swimming, Artistic Gymnastics, Cycling, Rowing, Golf and Triathlon under a single 'brand' on a four-yearly cycle beginning in 2018, and broadcast by agreement with the EBU.[4]

List of European Games

Host cities of the European Games
Edition Year Host City Host Nation Opened by Start Date End Date Nations Competitors Sports Events Top Placed Team Ref.
I 2015 Baku  Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev 12 June 28 June 50 5,898 20 253  Russia (RUS) [5]
II 2019 Minsk  Belarus President of Belarus (expected) 21 June 30 June 50 (expected) 4,023 (expected) 15 200 [6]


The Games have been criticised for being an unnecessary addition to the sporting calendar and for the lack of high quality in totem events such as athletics and swimming. The first edition of the Games has received criticism from organisations such as Sport for Rights calling for athletes to speak out against human rights violations in Azerbaijan. Many regime opponents were jailed in the run-up to the Games.[7]


The 2019 Minsk European Games Sports Programme will include 15 sports, 23 disciplines, 10 qualifying sports to Tokyo 2020, 4 Sports European Championship, for a total of 4082 competitors in 201 medal events.

The figures in each cell indicate the number of events for each sport contested at the respective Games.

Sport (Discipline) Body 2015 2019
World Europe
Diving FINA LEN 80
Swimming 420
Synchronised swimming 40
Water polo 20
Archery WA WAE 58
Athletics IAAF EAA 110
Badminton BWF BE 55
Basketball (3-on-3) FIBA FIBAE 22
Beach soccer FIFA UEFA 11
Boxing AIBA EBC 1515
Canoe sprint ICF ECA 1516
BMX racing UCI UEC 20
Mountain biking 20
Road cycling 44
Track cycling 0
Fencing FIE EFC 120
Acrobatic gymnastics FIG UEG 66
Aerobic gymnastics 22
Artistic gymnastics 1412
Rhythmic gymnastics 88
Trampoline 44
Judo IJF EJU 1815
Karate WKF EKF 1212
Sambo FIAS ESF 818
Shooting ISSF ESC 1920
Table tennis ITTF ETTU 45
Taekwondo WTF ETU 80
Triathlon ITU ETU 20
Beach volleyball FIVB CEV 20
Volleyball 20
Wrestling UWW CELA 2418
Total events 253201

See also


  1. "EOC LAUNCHES EUROPEAN GAMES". 8 December 2012. Archived from the original on 12 June 2015. Retrieved 28 July 2015.
  2. Although the Pacific Games takes in all of Oceania/Australasia, the two largest countries in the region, Australia and New Zealand, did not participate because of the danger they would, though their wealth and size relative to other members, excessively dominate the event. They were however provisionally admitted to the Games in 4 sports in which other nations were consistently competitive - rugby sevens, weightlifting, sailing and taekwondo - in 2014.
  3. "Baku 2015 at a glance". 1 June 2015. Retrieved 4 September 2015.
  4. Scotland to host 2018 European Sports Championships
  5. "1st EG Baku 2015". EOC. Retrieved 12 June 2015.
  6. "2nd EG Minsk 2019". EOC. Retrieved 21 October 2016.
  7. "Baku reminds us our top athletes are overgrown infants". Guardian. Retrieved 14 June 2015.
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