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Montenegro

Montenegro

Montenegro was represented by 55 athletes at Baku 2015, winning one bronze medal via Marina Rakovic’s third-place finish in the women’s kumite under-68 kilograms category.

Boxer Bosko Draskovic served as the country's flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony, while judoka Nikola Gusic did so at the Closing Ceremony.


Monaco

Monaco

Monaco was represented by just four athletes at Baku 2015 and failed to win a medal.

Middle-distance runner Brice Etès served as the country's flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony, while judoka Cedric Bessi did so at the Closing Ceremony.


Moldova

Moldova

Moldova was represented by 87 athletes at Baku 2015, winning one silver and two bronze medals.

The country ranked joint-33rd in the final standings with Estonia.

Wrestler Mihail Sava served as Moldova's flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony, while boxer Veaceslav Gojan did so at the Closing Ceremony.

All three of the nation's medals came in wrestling with Piotr Ianulov taking silver in the men’s 86 kilograms freestyle category and the bronzes going to Alexandru Chirtoaca in the men’s 57kg freestyle and Svetlana Saenko in the women’s 75kg freestyle.


Malta

Malta

Malta was represented by 58 athletes at Baku 2015, but failed to win a single medal.

Water polo player Ben Plumpton served as the country's flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony, while judoka Marcon Bezzina did so at the Closing Ceremony.


Macedonia

Macedonia

Macedonia was represented by 45 athletes at Baku 2015, winning two bronze medals.

Both medals came in karate through Emil Pavlov in the men’s kumite under-60 kilograms category and Martin Nestorovski in the men’s kumite over-84kg division.

Pavlov served as Macedonia's flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony, while judoka Katerina Nikoloska did so at the Closing Ceremony.


Luxembourg

Luxembourg

Luxembourg was represented by 58 athletes at Baku 2015, but failed to win a single medal.

Archer Jeff Henckels served as the country's flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony, while fencer Lis Fautsch did so at the Closing Ceremony.


Lithuania

Lithuania

Lithuania was represented by 72 athletes at Baku 2015, winning two gold, one silver and four bronze medals.

The country ranked 24th in the final standings.

Artistic gymnast Rokas Guscinas served as Lithuania's flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony, while judoka Marius Paskevicius did so at the Closing Ceremony.

Gold medals were secured by canoeist Henrikas Zustautas in the men’s C1 200 metres and swimmer Andrius Šidlauskas in the men’s 50m breaststroke.

In January 2019, the Minsk 2019 Organising Committee signed agreements with Belarusian diaspora organisations in Lithuania.

The move is part of a bid to encourage Belarus residents living in other countries to promote the 2019 European Games.

Minsk 2019 organisers have penned agreements with the Belarusian Cultural Center in Krok, and the Krynitsa community centre in Klaipeda.

Lithuania’s Daina Gudzinevičiūtė is a member of the European Olympic Committees Coordination Commission for Minsk 2019.


Liechtenstein

Liechtenstein

Liechtenstein was represented by six athletes at Baku 2015, but failed to win a single medal.

Archer Marvin Grischke served as the country's flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony, while swimmer Tarik Hoch did so at the Closing Ceremony.


Latvia

Latvia

Latvia was represented by 67 athletes at Baku 2015, winning one gold and one bronze medal.

The country ranked 31st in the standings.

Shooter Lauris Strautmanis served as Latvia's flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony, while BMX cyclist Sandra Aleksejeva did so at the Closing Ceremony.

Plavins Martins and Regza Haralds claimed the solitary gold medal by winning the men’s beach volleyball tournament.

Latvia borders Belarus and its capital Riga is due to co-host the 2021 Ice Hockey World Championships with Minsk.

Vladimir Morozov, head of Belarusian Railways, said in November 2018 that the 2019 European Games will be used as a test for the event in two years’ time, in terms of rail passenger transportation capacities.


Kosovo

Kosovo

Kosovo was represented by 19 athletes at Baku 2015, winning one bronze medal courtesy of judoka Nora Gjakova in the women’s under-57 kilograms category.

Gjakova has since gone onto claim three medals at the European Judo Championships, including gold in 2018.

World Championship-winning judoka Majlinda Kelmendi served as Kosovo's flagbearer at the Opening and Closing Ceremonies.

Kosovo was the European Olympic Committees' newest member when competing at Baku 2015, having been confirmed as an International Olympic Committee member in November 2014.


Italy

Italy

Italy was represented by 278 athletes at Baku 2015, winning 10 gold, 26 silver and 11 bronze medals.

The country ranked sixth in the final standings.

Beijing 2008 Olympic gold medal-winning judoka Giulia Quintavalle served as Italy's flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony, while fencer Alessio Foconi, the men's individual foil champion, did so at the Closing Ceremony

Four of Italy’s triumphs came in shooting with three in fencing, two in archery and one in swimming.

In January 2019, the Minsk 2019 Organising Committee signed an agreement with a Belarusian diaspora organisation in Italy.

The move is part of a bid to encourage Belarus residents living in other countries to promote Minsk 2019.

The deal was struck with the Belarus Cultural Community Association in Italian city Naples.

Italy’s Raffaele Pagnozzi is the secretary general of the European Olympic Committees (EOC) and sits on the EOC Coordination Commission for Minsk 2019.


Israel

Israel

Israel was represented by 134 athletes at Baku 2015, winning two gold, four silver and six bronze medals.

The country ranked 22nd in the final standings.

Artistic gymnast Alexander Shatilov served as Israel's flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony, while swimmer Ziv Kalontarov did so at the Closing Ceremony

Kalontarov and judoka Sagi Muki were the nation's podium toppers.

In 2018, Muki claimed top honours in front of a home crowd at the European Judo Championships in Tel Aviv.


Ireland

Ireland

Ireland was represented by 62 athletes at Baku 2015, winning two gold, one silver and three bronze medals.

The country ranked 25th in the final standings.

Boxers Michael O’Reilly and Katie Taylor both triumphed in Azerbaijan’s capital, in the men’s middleweight and women’s lightweight divisions respectively.

Taylor, her nation's flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony, has since turned professional and is currently the unified lightweight female world champion.

Swimmer Mona McSharry served as Ireland's flagbearer at the Closing Ceremony.  

Former European Olympic Committees President Patrick Hickey is from Ireland and was one of he key figures behind the creation of the European Games.


Iceland

Iceland

Iceland was represented by 18 athletes at Baku 2015, but failed to win a single medal.

Artistic gymnast Thelma Hermannsdottir served as the country's flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony, while badminton player Kari Gunnarsson did so at the Closing Ceremony.

Liney Halldorsdottir, secretary general of the National Olympic and Sports Association of Iceland, is a member of the European Olympic Committees Coordination Commission for Minsk 2019.


Hungary

Hungary

Hungary was represented by 201 athletes at Baku 2015, winning eight gold, four silver and eight bronze medals.

The country ranked 11th in the final standings.

Freestyle wrestler István Veréb served as Hungary's flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony, while judoka Miklós Ungvári did so at the Closing Ceremony.

Athletes competing in canoe sprint delivered five of Hungary’s gold medals with the other three being made up of two in wrestling and one in aerobic gymnastics.


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