Azerbaijan: visa-free entry for Islamic Games participants and journalists

# 10:45
20 April 2017

Azerbaijan will introduce a visa-free regime for all participants of the 4th Islamic Solidarity Games, as well as accredited persons, said Azerbaijan’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Hikmat Hajiyev.


Hajiyev made the remarks at a conference held in Baku April 20 within the framework of the ‘Year of Islamic Solidarity' in Azerbaijan and on the eve of the 4th Islamic Solidarity Games, APA reported.  


He noted that about 1,000 local and foreign media outlets have applied for accreditation to cover the competitions.


“The majority of appeals have been given positive feedback and the process is underway,” said Hajiyev.


The Baku 2017 Islamic Solidarity Games is an exciting multi-sport event uniting the Islamic world, which will take place in Baku, Azerbaijan from 12 – 22 May 2017.


Athletes from Islamic countries around the world will be representing their nations over 10 days of competition across 20 different sports which include 24 disciplines (Athletics and Para Athletics, Aquatics – Diving, Aquatics – Swimming, Aquatics – Water Polo, Basketball 3x3, Football, Gymnastics – Artistic, Gymnastics – Rhythmic, Wushu, Table Tennis, Handball, Judo and Blind Judo, Wrestling – Greco, Wrestling – Freestyle, Shooting, Tennis, Volleyball, Boxing, Zurkhaneh, Karate, Taekwondo and Weightlifting) in 16 state-of-the-art competition venues across Baku.


Azerbaijan’s capital city Baku was awarded the Games at the General Assembly of the Islamic Solidarity Sports Federation (ISSF) in Jeddah in July 2013.