By Paul Osborne

Baku 2015 has revealed 13 Azerbaijani stars that will act as Celebrity Ambassadors for Baku 2015 ©Baku 2015Baku 2015 has revealed 13 of the most recognisable figures in Azerbaijan who will act as Celebrity Ambassadors for the inaugural European Games.

The names of 13 stars from the world of music, television and entertainment were revealed at a launch event at the Mugham Center in Baku to mark just 150 Days to Go until the start of the Games.

They include singers Tunzala Aghayeva, Miri Yusif, Roya; Eurovision winners Eldar Gasimov and Nigar Jamal; comedians Bahram Baghirzade, Rafael and Joshqun, and Tahir and Jabir Imanov; and musician DJ Shock.

"I am delighted to celebrate 150 days to go until the Opening Ceremony of the first European Games with the support of these fantastic celebrities as official ambassadors of the Games," said Azad Rahimov, Azerbaijan's Minister of Youth and Sports and chief executive of Baku 2015.

"I am sure that our Celebrity Ambassadors will generate great excitement with the young people of Azerbaijan and encourage more people to get involved with the Games."

The programme will allow Baku 2015 to reach a range of audiences in Azerbaijan and Europe, using the Celebrity Ambassadors' star appeal and popularity to share messages about the event, which begins on June 12.

Participants will help to promote the Games by visiting Baku 2015 venues, taking part in countdown events, supporting campaigns, and using their own social media channels to reach millions of followers.

Famous singer and composer Tunzala Aghayeva has been named as one of the 13 Celebrity Ambassadors for Baku 2015 ©Baku 2015Famous singer and composer Tunzala Aghayeva has been named as one of the 13 Celebrity Ambassadors for Baku 2015 ©Baku 2015

"Whenever I am on stage I give everything to make it a great performance," Aghayeva, a world famous singer and composer, said during the launch event.

"In June, it will be Azerbaijan putting on an unforgettable show for the whole of Europe to enjoy.

"As a Baku 2015 Celebrity Ambassador I will be working to encourage people to get involved with Baku 2015 through initiatives such as the volunteer programme, and play a part in creating history for our country."

The announcement of the celebrity names follows other measures taken to maximise exposure ahead of the inaugural event, including the unveiling of a series of international and Azerbaijani Athlete Ambassadors for the Games.

"This announcement is the next step in expanding our Ambassador Programme and continues the great momentum we are generating as we continue our preparations to deliver a spectacular sporting event," said Baku 2015 chief operating officer Simon Clegg.

"I would like to thank all of our Celebrity Ambassadors for their support and we look forward to working with them to help promote Baku 2015 in the coming months."

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