After much deliberation and a long running campaign, the go ahead has been given for a European Games which will kick off in 2015 in Baku.The introduction of a European Games brings Europe into line with other continents which already have continental competitions, such as the Asian Games and Pan American Games. Baku was the only candidate city to host the first Games, which will take place every four years in the year preceding an Olympic Games. The vote was passed at the two-day EOC assembly in Rome.
So far a total of 13 sports have been confirmed for the Games – archery, badminton, boxing, canoeing, fencing, handball, judo, rugby sevens, shooting, taekwondo, table tennis, triathlon and volleyball. Following discussions, the European Union of Gymnastics has voted in favour of the inclusion of gymnastics to the Games. Up to 7,000 athletes are expected to take part in 15 sports and two non-Olympic sports.