The Baku 2015 Flame arrives in the capital08 June 2015
The Baku 2015 Flame made a dramatic entrance to Baku on Sunday afternoon, beginning five days of events ahead of the European Games Opening Ceremony on Friday 12 June. Arriving by boat at the Sutko Pier, the Flame embarked on a 16km relay around the city, led by President Ilham Aliyev during the first leg. First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva also took her turn carrying the first European Games Torch.
Other torchbearers included mugham singer Arif Babayev, and 2014 Youth Olympics Wrestling gold medallist Igbal Hajizade, who was followed by a parade of Azerbaijan’s famous Karabakh horses. The Flame was carried past Flag Square and Crystal Hall, with a giant model horse accompanying the final torchbearer who took it into the Maiden Tower, where it will stay overnight during its time in Baku.
Mr Azad Rahimov, Azerbaijan’s Minister of Youth and Sport and Chief Executive Officer of Baku 2015, said: “The Journey of the Flame has fuelled the imagination of the Azerbaijani public over the past six weeks, and it was wonderful to see Baku take part in the celebrations this evening with the same enthusiasm as people across the country.”