On April 26, the flame of the Baku-2015 European Games was lit.
President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev, First Lady, Chairperson of the First European Games Organizing Committee Mehriban Aliyeva, family members and President of the European Olympic Committee Patrick Hickey participated in the ceremony.
In accordance with Olympic traditions, the relay race started from Atashgah, an old fire temple. The flame of the First European Games will during 47 days travel every corner of Azerbaijan and be brought to the Baku Olympic Stadium to the opening ceremony of the Games.
Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev addressed the ceremony.
After the speech by President of the European Olympic Committee Patrick Hickey, President Ilham Aliyev, accompanied by Mrs Mehriban Aliyeva and Mr Patrick Hickey, lit the flame of the Games.
The President handed over the flame of the Baku-2015 European Games to the first flame carrier of the Baku-2015 European Games – Olympic champion Rafiga Shabanova.