Azerbaijan

Saran Media, the Turkish media-rights agency, has extended its contract for the rights to tennis Grand Slam tournament Wimbledon for a further two years in a deal covering 13 territories

The Azerbaijan Grand Prix will remain part of the Formula One calendar until at least 2023 after organisers today (Tuesday) sealed a three-year extension to their race deal with the motor-racing championship

Arif Rahimov, promoter for the Baku Formula One Grand Prix in Azerbaijan, has revealed that he has opened talks about a revised contract with organisers of the motor-racing championship as he seeks to secure a return to a June slot on the calendar, lower hosting fees and greater commercial benefits.

Atletico Madrid’s new stadium, the Wanda Metropolitano, will host the 2018-19 Uefa Champions League final while Baku’s Olympic Stadium gained the consolation prize of the Europa League final, as European football’s governing body agreed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Association of European Professional Football Leagues (EPFL).

Arif Rahimov, the promoter of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, has hit out at criticism of the race by Greg Maffei, the chief executive of Formula One parent company Liberty Media.

The European Union of Gymnastics (UEG) has named host cities for a number of its showpiece events across 2018 to 2020, while it has introduced a new measure which aims to reduce the financial strain on competition organisers.

Baku’s Olympic Stadium and the future home of Spanish LaLiga club Atletico Madrid will contest the hosting rights for the 2018-19 Uefa Champions League final, European football’s governing body announced today (Friday).

The European Olympic Committees (EOC) has announced that Baku will host the 2019 summer edition of multi-sport event the European Youth Olympic Festival.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has stripped a further batch of medals from athletes caught doping at the 2008 and 2012 summer Olympic Games, with Kazakh weightlifting superstar Ilya Ilyin among those sanctioned.

How do you successfully market a sports event with no history to fans in both the host market and across an entire continent? Elisha Chauhan asked Baku 2015 European Games Head of Marketing Rob Smyth.

Elisha Chauhan travelled to Baku to gain first-hand experience of preparations for the inaugural European Games, the biggest sporting event to be held in Azerbaijan. What legacy will they leave for the city?

The European Games, a continental multi-sport event comprised of Olympic sports, were first outlined in 2010. Ahead of the inaugural Games in Baku next month, Elisha Chauhan asked their creator Pat Hickey to assess preparations and reveal his vision for future editions.

Baku and Tokyo have been selected to host the World Judo Championships in 2018 and 2019, respectively, while North Korea has been confirmed as the host of next year’s Junior World Championships.

Ukraine’s Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, which reached the final of the Uefa Europa League last season, is one of three clubs to have been banned from European competition by Uefa, football’s European governing body.

International Judo Federation (IJF) president Marius Vizer has said six cities are in contention to stage its 2018 and 2019 World Championships, and has maintained North Korea remains a “genuine contender” to host the 2017 Junior World Championships.

Azerbaijan has been handed a race date of July 17 for its Formula One debut, with Baku’s European Grand Prix amongst a number of changes to the makeup of the calendar for a 2016 season of the motor racing series which is set to include a record 21 races.

Azerbaijan’s Sports Minister, Azad Rahimov, has said that the country could bid for the 2024 summer Olympic Games, but has called on the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to reduce its requirements for hosting the sporting spectacle.

Baku 2015 has introduced new safety measures for the inaugural European Games after the multi-sport event was hit by an incident that saw three Austrian synchronised swimmers injured on the eve of its opening.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has released the report by its Evaluation Commission into the bid cities for the 2022 winter Olympic Games, with Almaty and Beijing’s main concerns flagged up as being financial issues and the provision of suitable snow levels, respectively.

The Azerbaijani capital of Baku is to stage another major sports event after it was awarded the hosting rights to the 2020 European Karate Championships.

The 2015 European Judo Championships will be staged in Baku as part of the inaugural European Games multi-sport event after Glasgow was stripped of the hosting rights last week.

Azad Rahimov, the head of the organising committee for the 2015 European Games in Baku, has claimed that the multi-sport event could help Azerbaijan to fulfil its long-term ambitions to host the Olympic Games.

Confédération Européenne de Volleyball (CEV), the governing body of volleyball in Europe, has awarded hosting rights for the 2017 men’s European Championship to Poland and the women’s European Championship of the same year to Azerbaijan and Georgia.

English Premier League football club Manchester United has entered into a partnership with the Association of Football Federations of Azerbaijan (AFFA) and mobile telecommunications provider Bakcell as part of an effort to develop grassroots football in the country.

Baku’s preparations to host the inaugural 2015 European Games have been praised by the European Olympic Committees Coordination Commission following a site visit.

Combat sport discipline sambo has been added to the sports programme of the inaugural European Games in Baku next year.

Azerbaijan’s government has completed a deal to host a new Formula One race in Baku from 2016, with the agreement set to address concerns over the expansion of the motor-racing series’ calendar following this week’s confirmation of a return to Mexico next year.

Formula One chief executive Bernie Ecclestone has ruled out an imminent return of the French Grand Prix despite recent talks between the Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours and Formula One Management (FOM).

The World Series of Boxing (WSB) 2014 Finals series have been shifted from Ukraine to Baku in Azerbaijan.

The Azerbaijani government has announced it has signed an official agreement for Baku to host a Formula One race from the 2016 season of the motor-racing championship.

The European Olympic Committees (EOC) has announced that Simon Clegg will replace Jim Scherr as chief operating officer of the Baku 2015 European Games organising committee.

Generations For Peace volunteers in 15 countries led activities to demonstrate how sport can be used as a tool to bridge gender, religious and ethnic divides in their communities as part of Sunday’s first-ever International Day of Sport for Development and Peace (IDSDP).

Azerbaijan is set to secure a spot on the Formula One calendar, according to the motor-racing championship’s chief executive, Bernie Ecclestone.

SportAccord Convention has confirmed that Azad Rahimov, Azerbaijan’s Minister of Youth and Sport and chief executive of the inaugural European Games in Baku in 2015, and Ladies European Tour chairman Helena Alterby Nordstrom will speak at the 12th edition of the annual global sports gathering in Belek/Antalya this April.

Baku 2015 stakeholders have announced that seven sports will use the inaugural European Games as a qualifying platform for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

The International University Sports Federation (FISU) has revealed that Baku has withdrawn its bid to host the 2019 summer Universiade a week ahead of the host city election.