Baku awarded 2020 European Karate Championships
Baku has added another event to its portfolio after being awarded the 2020 European Karate Championships.
The event will be the 55th edition of the Championships since they were first held in Paris in 1966.
The decision to award Azerbaijan’s capital was taken by the Congress of the European Karate Federation following a presentation from Yashar Bashirov, President of the Azerbaijan Karate Federation.
He was supported by Dmitry Chigenev, the manager of karate competitions of the first European Games in Baku later this year.
Karate is one of only five sports or disciplines on the programme at Baku 2015 which are not part of the Olympics and is due to be held in the Crystal Hall, the venue built for the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest.
Bashirov told Congress that Azerbaijan is fast gaining a reputation for hosting major events.
“Proof of this is, the forthcoming first European Games and Islamic Games to be held in 2017,” he said.
Baku is also due to host a Formula One Grand Prix race from next year and will stage matches during the 2020 UEFA Championships.
This will be the first time that the Championships have been held in Azerbaijan.
Azerbaijan won four medals at the 50th edition of the European Karate Championships, which concluded in Istanbul on Sunday (March 22).
This included gold medals for Aliyev Niyazi and Aghayev Rafael in the men’s kumite under 67 kilogram and under 75kg categories respectively.
Next year’s Championships are due to be held in France, 2017 in Turkey and 2018 in Serbia.
The 2019 event still has to be awarded.