Islamic Solidarity Games postponed again by a year
The 5th Islamic Solidarity Games have been postponed to August 09-18, 2022 owing to growing Covid-19 cases around the world.
The 5th Islamic Solidarity Games, due to be staged in Turkey have been postponed to August 09-18, 2022 owing to growing Covid-19 cases around the world.
Turkish city Konya was scheduled to host the event from 10-19 September in 2021.
The Islamic Solidarity Games were first held in Saudi Arabia in 2005, with 6,000 athletes from 55 nations competing in 15 different sports, including taekwondo, swimming, shooting, athletics/para-athletics, weightlifting, wrestling, and water polo.
A letter released to all the member countries’ National Olympic Committees (NOC) says:
“It has been decided to postpone the Islamic Solidarity Games ‘Konya 2021’ to the year 2022 as the world health situation will be improved and stabilised. By that time all the countries will be able to take the necessary vaccinations, and the Games will be organised in an adequate and healthy environment that ensures the safety of all participating athletes.
“The slow vaccination in the majority of the countries may affect the participation of the member countries and may not achieve the main goal for which the Islamic Solidarity Games were organised,” the letter adds.