There is no doubt that the experience of competing in a large sporting event can benefit any athlete, especially if that athlete is competing in the Olympics next year in Rio. You could follow the endlessly exciting social media updates from young competitors who lived in the sporting bubble of the inaugural European Games. Like all great sporting events it should be about the young people, athleticism and participation.
However the human rights situation in Azerbaijan simply cannot be ignored. The federation is fully aware that since 2014, the Azerbaijani government has orchestrated an unprecedented campaign to suppress dissenting voices in [...]