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The Azerbaijani capital won the hosting rights of the 2017 edition of the Islamic Solidarity Games.

The Azerbaijani capital won the hosting rights of the 2017 edition of the Islamic Solidarity Games.

Azerbaijan’s capital city, Baku, won the right to host the fourth edition of the Islamic Solidarity Games (ISG) in 2017.

Baku won the hosting rights after the eighth General Assembly of the Islamic Solidarity Sports Federation (ISSF) was held in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on July 21-25.

During the session Azerbaijan’s representatives presented their “Baku 2017” candidature file to the members of the ISSF. The ISSF unanimously awarded Baku the right to host the multi-sport event in 2017.

The Vice-President of the National Olympic Committee of Azerbaijan, Dr. Chingiz Huseynzada, stated, “This is the beginning of a highly important period for the sporting culture of our nation. After our success in securing the 2015 European Games, the hosting of the fourth ISG in 2017 will make another important contribution to our standing both in the Muslim and international communities. We are a strong Islamic nation and are committed to helping and inspiring our friends around the world.”

The Head of the International Relations Department of the NOC of Azerbaijan, Konul Nurullayeva, commented, “We are delighted to have secured this prestigious event for our nation. We believe that the Islamic Solidarity Games is one of the most significant and exciting initiatives for Muslim communities around the world and we are proud to contribute to the development of the event. We look forward to warmly welcoming everybody to our beautiful country.”

The 2013 edition of the ISG will be held in Indonesia later this year.

In addition to the 2017 Islamic Solidarity Games decision, Dr. Chingiz Huseynzada was re-elected Vice-President of the ISSF for the next four years. Additionally, a landmark decision concerning the ISSF was made when Konul Nurullayeva, became the first woman ever elected to the executive committee of the ISSF. The General Assembly of the ISSF will be held in Baku in 2015.

July/29/2013

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7/29/2013 9:48:05 AM

Earlier I mentioned that Azerbaijan is a poor choice because it is not a democracy but a dictatorship. Then I realized that with the exception of Turkey which is heading towards authoritarianism, there are no Islamic democracies! In fact, generally, the more 'Islamic' the more repressive the regime. How do the Muslims of the world feel about this? What it says to me is that Islam is afraid of criticism & opposing viewpoints. If a truth can't stand scrutiny, is it truth or propaganda?

R A

7/29/2013 9:03:54 AM

Is this the image Islam wants to project in light of recent developments in the last 5 years around the world. Azerbaijan is not a democracy but a filthy rich mafia style dictatorship started by papa Aliyev and handed over to sonny Ilham. This bid to host was no doubt bought via bribes, plain and simple. "President" Aliyev and his family have stolen billions from the people most of whom live in poverty. Opposition parties are routinely crushed. Bravo Islam a victory for freedom!
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