By Laman Ismayilova
The Day of Azerbaijan has been held within the 5th Islamic
Solidarity Games in Konya, Turkiye, Azernews reports, citing
Azerbaijani Minister of Youth and Sports Farid Gayibov, Turkish
Minister of Youth and Sports Mehmet Kasapoglu, Vice-President of
the National Olympic Committee (NOC) Chingiz Huseynzada, NOC
Secretary-General Azar Aliyev, Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports
Mariana Vasileva, representatives of the National Olympic
Committees, athletes and volunteers took part in the event
organized in the Athletes Village.
NOC Secretary General Azar Aliyev reminded the event that the
4th Islamic Solidarity Games were held in 2017 in Baku,
He noted that after a long break due to the coronavirus
pandemic, the 5th Islamic Solidarity Games is being held in such a
brotherly country as Turkiye.
Azar Aliyev stressed that over 200 Azerbaijani sportsmen are
representing the country at the 5th Islamic Solidarity Games.
'Azerbaijani sports team consists of Olympic champions, multiple
world champions, as well as young athletes, who show their strength
to the world. I would like to express my deep gratitude to the
brotherly country, like Turkiye for organizing the Islamic
Solidarity Games at a high level and for the hospitality shown to
us here,' he said.
The event was followed by a gala concert that included national
songs and dances. All performances were warmly received by the
In conclusion, the Shusha music group including the soloist of
the Azerbaijan State Philharmonic Nurlana Abdullazada pleased
listeners with a wonderful performance.
In total, the national team has already won 25 medals including
7 gold, 10 silver, and 8 bronze.
The gold medals were won by wrestlers Anna Skidan, Mariya
Stadnik, Haji Aliyev, Turan Bayramov, Leyla Gurbanova and taekwondo
fighter Farida Azizova.
Athlete Alexis Copello, gymnast Ivan Tikhonov and wrestlers
Abubakr Abakarov, Alyona Kolesnik, and Islam Bazarganov won silver
medals for Azerbaijan.
Taekwondo fighters Patimat Abakarova, Gasim Mahammadov, and
wrestlers Aliabbas Rzazade, Hajimurad Omarov, Tetiana Omelchenko,
and Asgar Mammadaliyev won bronze medals.
Thus, Azerbaijan ranks fifth among 56 participating countries.
Turkiye, Iran, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Azerbaijan are in the
A total of 281 athletes are representing Azerbaijan at the 5th
Islamic Solidarity Games to run until August 18.
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