Ceremony of signing contract to hold IV Islamiada in Azerbaijan takes place (PHOTO)

Ceremony of signing contract to hold IV Islamiada in Azerbaijan takes place (PHOTO)

Baku, Azerbaijan, Apr. 7

By Ilkin Izzet - Trend:

The ceremony of official signing of the contract to hold the IV Islamiada (Islamic Solidarity Games) Baku-2017 in Azerbaijan took place in Baku Apr.7.

The contract was signed by Minister of Youth and Sports of Azerbaijan Azad Rahimov, President of Islamic Solidarity Sports Federation (ISSF), Youth and Sports Minister of Saudi Arabia, President of Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee, Prince Abdullah bin Mosaad bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and vice president of the National Olympic Committee of Azerbaijan Chingiz Huseynzade.

Azerbaijan is fully ready to host the Games, said Huseynzade.

He said that for now, holding the IV Islamic Solidarity Games is scheduled for May 2017.

"The exact date of the Games will depend on what date the month of Muharram will coincide," said the vice-president of the National Olympic Committee. "The Games will be held before the month of Ramadan. About 19-20 sports will be presented at the Games. Competition program will be close to the program of European Games, but there will be other sports as well, such as weightlifting. Azerbaijan actively participated in all Islamiada Games and achieved great success. We believe that these Games are very important for Azerbaijani sportsmen and we are very proud to prepare for them. The guests visited all the sports arenas today. Therefore, it is safe to say that Azerbaijan is ready to hold the Games. We will conduct these Games at a high level."

Youth and sports minister of Saudi Arabia expressed gratitude to the government of Azerbaijan for the great interest in the Islamic Solidarity Games. "The upcoming Games in Baku will be one of the biggest sporting events," he said. "We examined the arena, where the Games will be held, and one can already say that Baku is fully ready to hold them."

Azad Rahimov said that Azerbaijan has held high-level international sports competitions in recent years. He said that despite the fact that Azerbaijan has recently gained its independence, it is has become one of the leading Islamic countries for a short period.

Rahimov went on to add that over a hundred of athletes will represent Azerbaijan at the IV Islamiada Baku-2017. "We will try to present athletes in all sports," said the minister.

A video dedicated to Baku-2017 was shown at the ceremony.

It was decided to grant Azerbaijan the right to hold the IV Islamiada Baku-2017 in Jeddah on July 23-24, 2013.

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