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Islamic Solidarity Games: Azerbaijan ranks fourth among Games nearing completion

ByMary M. Ward

Aug 17, 2022

The Azerbaijan team currently ranks fourth out of 56 countries in the team ranking of the 5th Islamic Solidarity Games being held in the Turkish city of Konya.

During the second week of competitions, Azerbaijani athletes increased the total number of awards to 72 medals, including 22 gold, 28 silver and 22 bronze, according to local media.

Azerbaijani athletes won medals in 16 sports: wrestling (8 gold, 8 silver, 7 bronze), rhythmic gymnastics (5 gold, 2 silver, 1 bronze), aerobics (2 gold, 3 silver), judo (1 gold, 3 silver, 1 bronze), fencing (1 gold, 2 silver, 2 bronze), taekwondo (1 gold, 2 silver, 2 bronze), gymnastics (1 gold, 2 silver, 1 bronze), athletics (1 gold, 2 silver ), shooting (1 gold, 1 silver), swimming (1 gold, 1 silver), weightlifting (1 silver, 3 bronze), handball (1 silver), para archery (2 bronze), para table tennis (1 bronze), volleyball (1 bronze) and football (1 bronze).

Meanwhile, the top three places in the team standings are shared by Turkey with 265 medals (106 gold, 89 silver, 70 bronze), Uzbekistan with 121 medals (43 gold, 30 silver, 48 bronze) and Iran with 116 medals (37 gold, 35 silver, 44 bronze).

Athletes from 42 countries out of 56 participating nations have managed to win medals in the Pan-Islamic sports festival so far.

The 5th Islamic Solidarity Games are currently underway in the Konya city of Türkiye. The event started on August 9 and will end on August 18. In total, nearly 2,000 athletes are taking part in the biggest sporting event in the Islamic world. Sixteen sports venues of various designations host tournaments in 21 different sports.

The first edition of the Islamic Solidarity Games was held in Makkah, Saudi Arabia in 2005, with 4,248 athletes from 54 countries among the participants. The second event was originally scheduled to take place in October 2009 in Iran and was later postponed to April 2010. However, it was canceled after Iran and the Arab world argued over the use of the term “Persian Gulf” in the logos of the Games, as some countries in the Arab world preferred the “Arabian Gulf” instead.

The third Islamic Solidarity Games were held in Palembang, Sumatera Island in Indonesia in 2013. In 2017, the fourth edition of the pan-Islamic sports event was held in Azerbaijan.