Toro Rosso boss says F1 right to go to Azerbaijan
Toro Rosso boss says F1 right to go to Azerbaijan

Toro Rosso boss Franz Tost has defended Formula One`s decision to race in Azerbaijan next year while brushing off concerns about media freedom and the country`s human rights record.

Ambitious Baku impresses but European Games future remains uncertain
Ambitious Baku impresses but European Games future remains uncertain

The curtain fell on the inaugural European Games on Sunday with the status of Baku as a capable host of a major sporting event enhanced but with a shadow hanging over the future of the continental competition.

Bus incident prompts extra safety measures at European Games
Bus incident prompts extra safety measures at European Games

The incident that saw three Austrian synchronised swimmers injured, one seriously, after being hit by a bus on the eve of the opening of the inaugural European Games in Baku has led to new safety measures being implemented, Chief Operating Officer Simon Clegg said Sunday.

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: Patriotic Azeri crowd fail to heed Simon Clegg plea
European Games: Patriotic Azeri crowd fail to heed Simon Clegg plea

Armenia`s 2008 Olympic bronze medallist Greco-Roman wrestler Roman Amoyan left the Baku arena bloodied, beaten and with the Azerbaijan crowd -- his country`s bitter enemies -- booing and giving him the thumbs down sign on Saturday after his 59 kilogramme bronze medal play-off.

European Games: Swiss Jolanda Neff rides into history
European Games: Swiss Jolanda Neff rides into history

Switzerland`s women`s mountain bike world champion Jolanda Neff wrote herself a little chapter of sporting history on Saturday when she became the first ever European Games gold medalist in Baku.

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.

Baku European Games: Simon Clegg hopes for cheers not jeers for Armenians
Baku European Games: Simon Clegg hopes for cheers not jeers for Armenians

The hostile reception given to Azerbaijan's bitter enemies Armenia at the lavish opening ceremony of the inaugural European Games in Baku will hopefully not be repeated in the sporting arena, the Games' chief operating officer Simon Clegg said on Saturday.

European Games: Austrian athletes hospitalised in Baku

Three Austrian athletes that were to participate in the inaugural European Games were hospitalised on Thursday in the Azerbaijani capital Baku which is hosting the event, organisers said.

Criticism riles Azerbaijan ahead of European Games opening
Criticism riles Azerbaijan ahead of European Games opening

Pro-government activists protested on Thursday outside European embassies in Baku, as anger rose in Azerbaijan over international criticism of the country`s rights record ahead of the opening of the inaugural European Games.

Baku cost, size won't scare cities off European Games: EOC chief
Baku cost, size won't scare cities off European Games: EOC chief

Azerbaijan`s multi-million investment in the inaugural European Games will not scare off other cities in the future, the head of the European Olympic Committees said on Thursday, a day after Netherlands pulled out of staging them in 2019.

European Games: OSCE, Amnesty say they are banned by Azerbaijan
European Games: OSCE, Amnesty say they are banned by Azerbaijan

The OSCE said on Wednesday Azerbaijan ordered it to shut down its local office ahead of the European Games, while Amnesty International complained the ex-Soviet country barred it from visiting the capital.

Dutch pull out of hosting 2019 European Games
Dutch pull out of hosting 2019 European Games

The Netherlands on Wednesday pulled out of hosting the 2019 European Games, declining to foot the bill for the event which the European Olympic Committee hoped to turn into a major international meet.

European Games: OSCE says Azerbaijan orders shutdown of its Baku office
European Games: OSCE says Azerbaijan orders shutdown of its Baku office

Azerbaijan has ordered the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) to close its Baku office ahead of the European Games, the watchdog said on Wednesday.

Dutch plan nationwide bid for 2019 European Games
Dutch plan nationwide bid for 2019 European Games

The Netherlands will launch a bid to host the second edition of the European Games in 2019, planning a financially low-risk nationwide concept for the continental competition.

Hollande raises Azerbaijan`s rights record in Baku talks

 French President Francois Hollande on Saturday raised rights abuses with ex-Soviet Azerbaijan`s President Ilham Aliyev at talks focused on its simmering dispute with Armenia over the breakaway Nagorny Karabakh.

Human rights record not overshadowing inaugural European Games: Simon Clegg
Human rights record not overshadowing inaugural European Games: Simon Clegg

Azerbaijan`s record on human rights is not overshadowing the build-up to the inaugural European Games being hosted by Baku in June, claimed its chief operating officer Simon Clegg on Thursday.

Monza in peril as Ecclestone considers future
Monza in peril as Ecclestone considers future

The future of the classic Italian Grand Prix at Monza remained uncertain Monday after it was revealed by Formula One commercial ring-master Bernie Ecclestone that he was considering dumping it from the calendar.

Azerbaijan jails prominent rights campaigner

A court in Azerbaijan on Thursday jailed a prominent human rights campaigner for six and a half years, a move denounced by his lawyer and rights groups as politically motivated.

Armenian troops kill Azerbaijani soldier in fresh clashes: Baku

 Armenian forces on Thursday killed an Azerbaijani soldier in the latest breach of a ceasefire between the arch-foes locked in a simmering conflict over the disputed Nagorny Karabakh region, officials in Baku said.