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Azerbaijan to Host FIP International Polo Championship

Azerbaijan American Alliance
July 20, 2015

The Equestrian Federation of Azerbaijanian Republic (ARAF) is scheduled to host the International Polo Federation (FIP) Arena Polo European Championships. This will mark the first time that Azerbaijan will host a polo event, which will take place from September 4 – September 12. Competition teams from Ireland, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, and Germany will participate in this championship series. The event will take place in Baku, but additional details are still being determined.

The sport of horse polo is a relatively new sport for Azerbaijan, as the Equestrian Sports Federation of Azerbaijan Republic (ARAIF) was established in 1996. As Baku is listed as the host site for this event, Azerbaijan received their official acceptance in December 2014 at the FIP general assembly in Buenos Aires.

This is another international sporting event that Baku has been able to host on the world stage. In June 2015, Baku hosted the European Games, where Azerbaijan placed second in overall medal count with 39. In celebrating their athletic endeavors, competitors were able to win 14 gold, 11 silver, and 11 bronze medals for the host country.

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