Baku, Azerbaijan, May 11
By Anakhanum Hidayatova – Trend:
The 4th Islamic Solidarity Games will make it possible for Azerbaijan to demonstrate hospitality and tolerance, Evgeny Mikhailov, Russian political analyst, expert in international issues, told Trend May 11.
“Azerbaijan’s hosting the Islamic Solidarity Games will, first of all, give big privileges to Baku as a global tourist center,” the expert said.
“Nowadays, there are a lot of disagreements in the Islamic world, and some forces distort Islamic values in their favor,” he said. “The Islamic Solidarity Games will help change stereotypes about Islam and show Islam from an entirely different side.”
In his opinion, Azerbaijani athletes will decently represent their country and win many medals.
“Azerbaijan pays much attention to training of youth and development of sports in general,” Mikhailov said.
The Baku 2017 Islamic Solidarity Games, the opening ceremony of which will take place May 12, started May 8 and will last until May 22 in Azerbaijan’s capital on 16 sports grounds in 20 kinds of sports – 17 Olympic ones and three non-Olympic ones.