International Olympic News Update 10 May 2021
With the surging of Covid-19 recent cases in Turkey, the Islamic Solidarity Sports Federation, ISSF, decided to postpone the 2021 Islamic Solidarity Games at Konya, Turkey, to 2022.
The decision was taken during a meeting between the ISSF Executive Board, headed by HRH Prince Abdulaziz Bin Turki Al Faisal Al Saud, and the organizing committee, headed by Minister Youth and Sports of the Republic of Turkey and Chairman of the organizing committee, HE Dr. Mehmet Muharrem Kasaplogu.
In the letter dated May 3, 2021, ISSF Secretary-General Mohammed S. Al Garnas explained both parties discussed all matters related to the 2021 Islamic Solidarity Games and the current world health situation regarding the Covid-19 pandemic. The games are postponed to Aug. 9-18, 2022, hoping that the world health situation will be improved and stabilized, and all countries can take the vaccinations program.
The first Islamic Solidarity Games was held in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, in 2005, but the second event in Iran was cancelled. Palembang, Indonesia, hosted the third games in 2013, followed by Baku, Azerbaijan, in 2017.