The Rights-Abusing Regime Hosting Europe's Mini-Olympics
The European Games, an Olympic-style competition among athletes from 50 nations, kicks off Friday in Azerbaijan.By Elizabeth Hagedorn | June 11, 2015
Whether it's Russia's Winter Olympic Games, Bahrain's Formula One race, or the upcoming FIFA World Cup in Qatar, these days, it seems authoritarian regimes are the only ones willing to host mega-sporting events.
The latest — Azerbaijan.
For 16 days starting Friday, the former Soviet republic will play host to 6,000 athletes from 50 countries as part of the first-ever European Games. (Video via Azerbaijan Ministry of Culture and Tourism)