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SBD Global/December 10, 2012/Events and Attractions
EOC Votes To Launch European Games Multi-Sport Competition
Published December 10, 2012
GRAND PLANS: The AP reported dates have "not been fixed yet, but as many as 7,000 athletes are expected to participate." Sports that "could be confirmed" include: archery, badminton, boxing, canoeing, fencing, handball, judo, rugby sevens, shooting, taekwondo, table tennis, triathlon and volleyball. Negotiations have also begun with the European Union of Gymnastics (AP, 12/8). The AFP reported that the new event is the "brainchild of EOC President Pat Hickey." Hickey came up with the idea three years ago and said that the new event was "not intended to be a rival to the Olympic Games." Spanish NOC President Alejandro Blanco "welcomed the announcement." Blanco said, "Europe is the only continent without their own Games" (AFP, 12/8). The SID reported that there already is resistance against the introduction of a counterpart to the Asian and Pan American Games in Germany. German Olympic Sport Association (DOSB) spokesperson Christian Klaue said, “The top federations inside the DOSB have announced their dismissal of European Games last December” (SID, 12/7).