Baku 2015 Approaches One-Month Countdown to European Games

(ATR) The flame of the inaugural European Games will travel to the Azerbaijani city of Beylagan on Saturday.

(ATR)The flame of the inaugural European Games will travel to the Azerbaijani city ofBeylagan on Saturday.

In all, the flame will travel more than 3,400 miles through 60 regions of Azerbaijan before the cauldron is lit at the opening ceremony.

Over 1,000 torchbearers will carry the flame across the breadth of the country, coming within an hour's travelling time of 99 percent of the population.

The torch will be transported over ground by bus, funicular railway and bicycle; underground on the Baku metro; on water by boat; and in the air by plane.

While in Beylagan on Saturday, the torch will pass by the New Khojavend settlement.

On Sunday, the European Games flame will travel through the Agjabedi region and the Guzanli village in the Azerbaijani town of Agdam.

The torch's design features a pomegranate tree, echoing the Baku 2015 brand, which is one of Azerbaijan's national symbols.

Next week, the torch begins its trek through the city of Zardab on May 12. During this time, the flame will also travel through the district of Terter.

On May 7, Baku 2015 named OlympianNiccol Campriani an ambassador for the European Games.

Baku 2015 says its ambassadors will represent their sports in marketing campaigns across Europe and on social media to promote the European Games.

"I am very excited to be an athlete ambassador for the inaugural European Games, and honored to have been chosen alongside leading athletes from across the continent," Campriani said in a statement.

"I am really looking forward to the opportunity to help raise the profile of the first European Games around the world."

The 2015 European Games will run from June 12 to June 28.

Baku 2015 organizers say some 7,000 athletes from 50 NOCs will compete in 20 sports at the event.

Written byNicole Bennett

Homepage photo:Baku 2015/Instagram

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