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Putin wishes victorious results to Russian athletes at European Games in Baku

June 13, 2015, 17:20 UTC+3 BAKU
The First European Games are held in Baku on June 12 to 28, with athletes competing for 253 sets of medals in 20 sports
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BAKU, June 13. /TASS/. Russia’s President Vladimir Putin at a meeting with the Russian national team participating in the First European Games wished them top results and hoped they would demonstrate both quality and quantity.

"I have made a stop here on the way to the airport," he told the athletes. "Our delegation is the biggest one," he said.

The president wished success and luck to the national team.

The athletes presented to Putin a commemorative medal of the First European Games and the team’s uniform.

Russia’s 360 athletes from 49 districts will participate in the Games. They are accompanied by 250 specialists (medical staff, coaches, experts). The medium age of Russian athletes is 24. The youngest athlete - Anna Chuinysheva of 14 - will compete in Diving. Olga Kuznetsova of 46, the 1996 Olympic Champion, will compete in Shooting.

The Russian national team unites eight Olympic Champions, prize winners of the Olympic Games, World Competitions, European competitions, Youth Olympic Games and Youth Olympic Festivals.

The First European Games are held in Baku on June 12 to 28, with athletes competing for 253 sets of medals in 20 sports. Competitions in 11 sports - archery, athletics, boxing, beach volleyball, wrestling, cycling, shooting, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo and triathlon - will enjoy the status of qualifies ahead of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

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