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Last Updated: Tuesday, 26 December 2006, 15:13 GMT
Azerbaijan to launch Olympics bid
Will the Olympic rings burn in Azerbaijan?
Will the Olympic rings burn in Azerbaijan?
Azerbaijan are to bid to host the 2016 Olympic Games.

Azerbaijan president Ilham Aliyev will add his country's name to a list of bidders that includes the USA, Italy, India, Japan, Brazil, Spain and Qatar.

"Everyone in the world knows Azerbaijan as a sporting nation," said Aliyev, who also finds the time to head up the country's Olympic committee.

"We will do everything possible to succeed with our 2016 bid but if not, we hope to bid again in 2020."

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) will choose the host city in 2009.

Azerbaijan, an oil-rich country by the Caspian Sea, has not hosted a major world championship since gaining independence following the Soviet break-up of 1991.

SEE ALSO
Country profile: Azerbaijan
10 Dec 06 |  Country profiles
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