By Nigar Orujova
The inaugural European Games Baku have been a great success for Baku 2015 International and National Athlete Ambassadors.
Competing with Europeв's leading elite athletes, the Ambassadors were able to reach the highest results and prove once again their important Ambassador roles.
Azerbaijani Athlete Ambassadors were: Amil Hamzayev (Basketball 3x3), Elgun Alizada (Cycling), Elmar Gasimov (Judo), Jeyran Aliyeva (Volleyball), Marina Durunda (Gymnastics), Murad Sultanov (Cycling), Nazim Babayev (Athletics), Rovshan Bayramov (Wrestling), Sabina Mikina (Fencing), Sugrakhanim Mugabilzada (Archery), Mariya Stadnik (Wrestling).
National Athlete Ambassadors successes:
|Marina Durunda||Rhythmic Gymnastics||Silver|
|Nazim Babayev||Athletics (Menв's Triple Jump)||Gold|
International Athlete Ambassadors team included: Taha Akgul (Turkey, Wrestling), Niccolo Campriani (Italy, Shooting), Maja Wloszczzowska (Poland, Mountain bike cycling), Vasiliki Vougiouka (Greece, Fencing), Dimitrij Ovtcharov (Germany, Table Tennis), Katie Taylor (Ireland, Boxing), Jade Jones (Great Britain, Taekwondo), Kseniya Moustafaeva (France, Gymnastics), Rene Holten Poulsen (Denmark, Canoe Sprint), Serbia 3x3 Basketball team, Russian Beach Soccer Team.
International Athlete Ambassadors successes:
|Rene Holten Poulsen||Canoe Sprint||Bronze|
|Dimitrij Ovtcharov||Table Tennis||Gold|
|Serbia Basketball 3x3 (Dusan Domovic Bulut, Marko Savic, Marko Zdero and Dejan Majstorovic)||Basketball 3x3||Bronze|
|Russian Beach Soccer (Andrey Bukhlitskiy, Ilya Leonov and Anton Shkarin)||Beach Soccer||Gold|
Azad Rahimov, Youth and Sport Minister, Chief Executive of Baku 2015, said: "We had no doubt that our talented Athlete Ambassadors would do a great job promoting Baku 2015 around Europe as well as in Azerbaijan."
He went on to stress that "They backed this up showing great results in the competitions. I am delighted to see how many medals our Ambassadors won and I want specifically congratulate Azerbaijani athletes Maria Durunda, Nazim Babayev and Maria Stadnik for the outstanding results. We thank them all for their outstanding support and contribution to the success of the inaugural European Games."
There were 253 medal events in the inaugural European Games, that gathered over 6,000 athletes to compete in 20 sports.