Baku Aquatic Centre

There was held the inauguration of the Aquatic Palace in Baku. President Ilham Aliyev and his wife, chairperson of the Baku 2015 First European Games Organizing Committee Mehriban Aliyeva have attended the opening ceremony. The head of state cut the ribbon symbolizing the inauguration of the Aquatic Palace. President Ilham Aliyev and his wife Mehriban Aliyeva reviewed the conditions created at the Aquatic Palace. With the aim of developing water sports in Azerbaijan and organizing competitions of local and international level, on 30 August 2012 President Ilham Aliyev signed a Decree on the construction of an Aquatic Palace meeting modern standards in Baku. The foundation stone for the Palace was laid with the participation of the head of state on April, 2013. Youth and Sports Minister Azad Rahimov informed President Ilham Aliyev and his wife Mehriban Aliyeva about the work carried out here. This huge sports facility occupying 6 ha area was built with high quality and is ready for operation. The Aquatic Palace covering an area of 72,000 square meters is fully compliant with the requirements of the International Swimming Federation. Then, President Ilham Aliyev was informed about the interior of the Aquatic Palace in Baku. It was reported that the latest equipment and building materials were used for construction. In accordance with the instructions and recommendations of President Ilham Aliyev who repeatedly got acquainted with the progress of construction work at the Palace, and keep the focus the quality of construction, and the architecture of this grand sporting facilities is distinguished by its modern style and beauty, and is a contribution to the ongoing creative work in the city. The Aquatic Palace has three swimming pools. The head of state viewed the main pool where the competitions will be held. The pool, 50 meters in length, 25 meters in width, and 2.5 meters in depth, was designed for different types of competitions of local and international levels. The length of the pool for diving is 25 meters in height and 20 meters in width. Five-stage platform was built for high board diving from a height of  3,  5,  7,5 and 10 meters. Pools were created by an official partner of the International Swimming Federation – by Italian Myrtha Pools Company. 6,000 spectators can watch sports competitions at the palace. The palace also has sectors for VVIP, VIP, media and the disabled. It was reported that in one part of the roof of the building were used special panoramic glass panels «SKY LIGHT» converting solar energy into electricity. The generated electricity will be used for energy supply of some sections of the palace. The Organizing Committee has been active in preparing for the first European Games. The Committee performs the organizational work at a high level. Timely and high-quality preparatory work for the first European Games carried out in line with international standards is constantly in the spotlight of the Chairperson of the Organizing Committee, First Lady of Azerbaijan Mehriban Aliyeva. The meetings of the Coordination Commission of the European games held at different times are of particular importance for the preparations at a high level. The promotion of the first European Games abroad is also paid great attention. In this connection, it is necessary to emphasize the value of ceremonial presentations conducted in several European capitals with the participation of the First Lady of Azerbaijan Mehriban Aliyeva. Then President Ilham Aliyev and his wife Mehriban Aliyeva viewed a 150-seat restaurant of the Aquatic Palace. In accordance with the requirements of the European Olympic Committee and the International Swimming Federation functional and support, areas have been built at the Aquatic Palace. There are special training platforms for swimmers and halls for fitness-acrobatics and weightlifting with the installed equipment. Swimming pool for training was built in the second hall of the Aquatic Palace. The length of the pool is 51 meters and the width is 20 meters. The implementation of infrastructure projects such as the construction of the Aquatic Palace in Baku, demonstrates the strength of our country as an internationally recognized sports power, choosing to support of the Olympic Movement as one of the main directions of state policy. Construction of the Aquatic Palace in Baku of water sports as an important stage of preparation for the first European Games, gives us confidence that this representative international sporting event will be held at a high level. Note that the decision to hold the 2015 European Games in Baku was made at the 41st session of the General Assembly of the European Olympic Committee. The candidacy of our country was supported by 38 states. The decision to hold the Games in Baku, of course, comes from the international authority of Azerbaijan, its positive image in the world. Despite the fact that prior to the first European games left little time, the preparation for this prestigious event in our country is at a high level. The fact that such an event in the life of Europe will take place for the first time in Azerbaijan – a very interesting country with an ancient history and rich cultural traditions, is also a result of the achievements of our republic in recent years in the field of sports. During 22 years of independence, Azerbaijani athletes won 26 medals at the Olympics and about 2 thousand medals at European and world championships. In the upcoming 12-28 June of this year more than 6 thousand athletes from 49 countries will compete in 20 sports at the first European Games.