4th Islamic Solidarity Games. Closing Ceremony
The Official Closing Ceremony of the 4th Islamic Solidarity Games was held at the Baku Olympic Stadium. The ceremony was attended by all participants of the competitions, who marched through the stadium and were greeted by spectators and 1500 volunteers.
Holding the Fourth Islamic Solidarity Games in Azerbaijan is a reflection of the entire Islamic world’s respect and support for Azerbaijan and its people, said Mehriban Aliyeva, First Vice President of Azerbaijan, Chair of the Baku 2017 Islamic Solidarity Games Organizing Committee. She made the remarks while addressing the Baku 2017 Closing Ceremony May 22, Trend writes.
“Fellow compatriots! Azerbaijan celebrates another historic victory. I am confident that athletes representing over 50 countries and guests to our capital will keep the best memories of our country in their hearts,” added Mrs. Aliyeva. “Over the past days, the people of Azerbaijan have shown their hospitality and friendship once again.”
“The true victory of these last days was the celebration of the Islamic world’s solidarity and unity,” added Mehriban Aliyeva. “Let us all preserve this unity, and foster Islamic solidarity. May Allah bless all Muslims!”
“Athletes, I congratulate you on your achievements, and thank you for the joy you have brought spectators around the Islamic world. These were your Games, and your sporting victories made them great. I hope you will keep memories of Baku in your hearts for a lifetime,” Mrs. Aliyeva said.
“The national team of Azerbaijan made us proud once again, winning 162 medals including 75 gold medals, and finishing first in the medals table,” she added. “Athletes of Azerbaijan, your commitment and excellence continues to inspire your compatriots, and will serve as a magnificent example to the next generation. For us and everyone here in Baku over the last 10 days, the solidarity of the Islamic world seen at these Games is another big victory. It is a source of great pride that Azerbaijan has supported the spirit of friendship between our nations. We must all work hard to continue this noble mission into the future. I would like to thank the Islamic Solidarity Sports Federation for the opportunity to welcome the athletes of the Islamic world to Baku, strengthening the bonds of solidarity among our peoples,” said Mrs. Aliyeva.
She noted that these Games and many other important international sporting, cultural and political events have sealed Baku’s reputation as a center for openness and tolerance. “Our capital opened its arms to the Islamic sporting community, and the success of these Games is a tribute to the dedication and passion of all Azerbaijan.”
Mehriban Aliyeva said Azerbaijan will continue to welcome the world to Baku – at the Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix this summer, the Women’s European Volleyball Championships in September, and in 2020 when European Championship football matches will be played in the Baku Olympic Stadium.
“As the Baku 2017 Games come to a close, I would again like to thank everyone who took part in this great event, as athletes and spectators, organizers and volunteers. I am delighted to announce that the next Islamic Solidarity Games will be held in Istanbul in 2021. We wish our Turkish brothers and sisters every success. With pride, I declare the Baku Fourth Islamic Solidarity Games closed. Thank you Baku! Thank you Azerbaijan!” Mehriban Aliyeva said concluding her speech.