Baku, August 8, AZERTAC
A ceremony of presentation of the 4th Islamic Solidarity Games which will take place in Baku in 2017 was held in Rio de Janeiro, Azerbaijan's Ministry of Youth and Sports said.
Over sixty guests attended the ceremony, including the Minister of Youth and Sports of Azerbaijan Azad Rahimov, Vice-President of the National Olympic Committee Chingiz Huseynzade, Azerbaijani Ambassador to Brazil Elnur Sultanov, Director of the Operating Committee of the 4th Islamic Solidarity Games Elchin Safarov and the Head of the Azerbaijani delegation at the Olympic Games in Rio Ilham Madatov, as well as the presidents, secretary generals of National Olympic Committees, officials responsible for sports of Malaysia, Indonesia, Guinea-Bissau, Chad, Gambia, Palestine, Syria and other Islamic countries.
Azad Rahimov welcomed the guests, stressing that Azerbaijan has held a number of high-caliber sports events, including the European Games, the Formula-1 European Gran-Prix, as well as other European and World championships.
Minister Rahimov said that Azerbaijan's goal is to hold the upcoming 4th Islamic Solidarity Games at a high level, to showcase the beauty of Islamic religion and to establish friendly and warm relations between peoples.
He said that during the 12 days of competition, over 5,000 athletes will compete in 20 sports disciplines.
Azad Rahimov's speech was followed by a showcase of a film devoted to the 4th Islamic Solidarity Games.
After the film, Rahimov answered the questions about the preparation period for the games, accreditation, sports venues and other issues.