All ISSF na­tions to com­pete at Baku 2017

Azer News - - Front Page - By La­man Is­may­ilova

The Azer­bai­jan Is­lamic Sol­i­dar­ity Games Op­er­a­tions Com­mit­tee (AISGOC) and the Is­lamic Sol­i­dar­ity Sports Fed­er­a­tion (ISSF) an­nounced that ath­letes from all 57 ISSF mem­ber na­tions will com­pete at the forth­com­ing 4th Is­lamic Sol­i­dar­ity Games sched­uled for May 12-22.

The announcement comes af­ter ISSF and AISGOC bro­kered an agree­ment be­tween all par­ties to en­able ath­letes from Kuwait to par­tic­i­pate in the Games as In­de­pen­dent Is­lamic Sol­i­dar­ity Games Ath­letes, who will com­pete un­der the Flag of the ISSF.

Only ath­letes and coaches will be ac­cred­ited by the ISSF and will wear ISSF uni­forms. Any medals won, will be done so un­der the ISSF ban­ner. To pro­vide ath­letes with the nec­es­sary level of sup­port, the ISSF has ap­pointed an in­de­pen­dent Chef de Mis­sion, who will co­or­di­nate the par­tic­i­pa­tion of these ath­letes.

Speak­ing about this announcement H.E. Faisal Ab­du­laziz Al-Nas­sar, Sec­re­tary Gen­eral of the ISSF said the Is­lamic Sol­i­dar­ity Games is a multi-na­tional, multi-cul­tural, multi-sport event in­spired by a spirit of unity and sol­i­dar­ity.

“We be­lieve that bring­ing to­gether ath­letes from across the Is­lamic world will fos­ter friend­ship and un­der­stand­ing amongst the young peo­ple of our di­verse com­mu­nity,” he noted.

“We are there­fore de­lighted that ath­letes from all 57 ISSF mem­ber na­tions will be com­pet­ing at these Games and would like to place on record our grat­i­tude to all par­ties for help­ing make this hap­pen.”

Up to 5,000 ath­letes and of­fi­cials, from across four con­ti­nents, are ex­pected to travel to Baku to be part of the Games. The ath­letes will be com­pet­ing in 270 medal events, across 20 sports, which in­clude two para sports – athletics and judo.

The Games will take place in 16 state-of-the-art venues, lo­cated across the city, in­clud­ing the Baku Olympic Sta­dium, which will host both the Open­ing and Clos­ing cer­e­monies on the 12 and 22 May re­spec­tively.

Ath­letes from Is­lamic coun­tries around the world will be rep­re­sent­ing their na­tions over 10 days of com­pe­ti­tion across 20 dif­fer­ent sports which in­clude 23 dis­ci­plines (Athletics and Para Athletics, Aquat­ics – Div­ing, Aquat­ics – Swim­ming, Aquat­ics – Wa­ter Polo, Bas­ket­ball 3x3, Foot­ball, Gym­nas­tics – Artis­tic, Gym­nas­tics – Rhyth­mic, Wushu, Ta­ble Ten­nis, Hand­ball, Judo and Blind Judo, Wrestling – Greco, Wrestling – Freestyle, Shoot­ing, Ten­nis, Vol­ley­ball, Boxing, Zurkhaneh, Karate, Taek­wondo and Weightlift­ing).

Azer­bai­jan’s cap­i­tal city Baku was awarded the Games at the Gen­eral As­sem­bly of the Is­lamic Sol­i­dar­ity Sports Fed­er­a­tion (ISSF) in Jed­dah in July 2013.

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