Earlier today, the Azərbaycan Milli Paralimpiya Komitəsi held a competition in celebration of 100 days until European Games Baku 2015. The competition included over 100 Azerbaijani athletes, who participated in judo, powerlifting, archery, swimming, shooting and sitting volleyball events. Most of the events took place in or around the Head Office of Youth and Sports in Sumqayıt.
As part of the event, Azərbaycan Milli Paralimpiya Komitəsi President İlham Əliyevin has said that recent support for the country’s Paralympic athletes that will be competing at the European Games will pay off in quality performances.
Also today, the medals for the games were unveiled at a ceremony at the Fairmont Baku at the Flame Towers. Two time judo Paralympic gold medalist and 2012 Summer Paralympic bronze medalist İlham Zəkiyev took part in the ceremony. Zəkiyev became blind as a result of being shot by an Armenian sniper in 1999 while serving his country during their conflict with the Armenians. A Muslim, he is one of Azerbaijan’s most visible Paralympic athletes.
The European Games have a limited disability sport program, with only VI Judo included. Unlike the Americas or Asia, there is not scheduled to be a regional Paralympic event following it.