The opening ceremony for the first ever European Games will take place on Friday night in Baku, Azerbaijan, but several of Israel’s athletes will already begin their participation earlier in the day.
Israel has sent its largest ever delegation to a sporting event, with 141 athletes to take part in the different competitions. The delegation’s synchronized swimming duet and junior women’s water polo team will already enter the fray on Friday morning.
The inaugural edition of the European Games, an international multi-sport event for athletes representing the National Olympic Committees of Europe, will go on until June 28 and will feature more than 6,000 athletes from 50 nations competing in 20 sports.
With Baku 2015 to include an athletes’ village, ceremonies and similar logistics to those of Olympic Games, the Olympic Committee of Israel believes the athletes can gain valuable experience ahead of next summer’s Olympics in Rio.