Spectacular ceremony cost over double that of London Olympics
Spectacular ceremony cost over double that of London Olympics

The lavish and impressive opening ceremony of the inaugural European Games cost 100 million manat ($95m, 85m euros), revealed Azerbaijan Sports Minister Azad Rahimov on Saturday.

European Games: Government, not organisers, responsible for barring media, say officials
European Games: Government, not organisers, responsible for barring media, say officials

The final say on whether foreign journalists attended the inaugural European Games in Baku lay with the Azerbaijan Government and not with the organisers, officials said on Saturday.

2015 European Games unveil mascots

 The 2015 European Games unveiled Jeyran (gazelle) and Nar (pomegranate) as the official mascots for the inaugural sporting event.

Azerbaijan starts probe into lifters` doping scandal

Azerbaijan has started investigations on the disqualification of nine of its weightlifters for a doping scandal.