In 2016, Baku will host the World Chess Olympiad
During the first European Games, held in Baku, Azerbaijan, the President of the Republic, Ilham Aliyev, announced the continuity of Azerbaijan in the implication of large international sports events: "In the next couple of years Azerbaijan will be hosting other major and prestigious sporting events. In 2016, Baku will host the World Chess Olympiad as well as the "Formula 1" event. In 2017, Azerbaijan will be the host to the Islamic Solidarity Games. In 2020, Baku will host group stage and quarter-final matches of the UEFA European Cup. So Azerbaijan has already demonstrated its role in the development of sports to the world."