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The Islamic Solidarity Games (Arabic: ألعاب التضامن الإسلامي‎) is a multinational, multi-sport event. The Games involve the elite athletes of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation. The Islamic Solidarity Sports Federation (ISSF) is the organisation that is responsible for the direction and control of the Islamic Solidarity Games.[1]

Islamic Solidarity Games
ألعاب التضامن الإسلامي
First event2005 Islamic Solidarity Games in Mecca, Saudi Arabia
Occur everyFour years
Last event2017 Islamic Solidarity Games in Baku, Azerbaijan
PurposeMulti-sport event for member countries of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation
HeadquartersRiyadh, Saudi Arabia
OrganizationIslamic Solidarity Sports Federation



The first event was held in 2005 in Saudi Arabia and there are currently 57 members of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference.[2] Non-Muslim citizens in the member countries are also allowed to take part in the Games.

A second event, originally scheduled to take place in October 2009 in Iran, and later rescheduled for April 2010, was canceled after a dispute arose between Iran and the Arab World over the use of the term Persian Gulf in logos for the Games, as some countries in the Arab world use the term "Arabian Gulf" to refer to the Persian Gulf. Dispute over the name has been a recurring source of disharmony between Arab states and Iran.[3] The latest edition took place in Baku, on 12–22 May 2017.[4][5]


Edition Year Host City Host Nation Opened by Start Date End Date Nations Competitors Sports Events Top placed country
I 2005 Mecca   Saudi Arabia Prince Abdul Majeed bin Abdulaziz Al Saud 8 April 20 April 55 6000 15 108   Saudi Arabia
II 2010 Tehran   Iran Cancelled
III 2013 Palembang   Indonesia President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono 22 September 1 October 44 1769 13 183   Indonesia
IV 2017 Baku   Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev 12 May 22 May 54 21 268   Azerbaijan
V 2021 Istanbul   Turkey Future event
VI 2025 Islamabad   Pakistan Future event


27 sports have been presented in the Islamic Solidarity Games.

Sport Years
  Archery (details) 2013
  Athletics (details) Since 2005
  Badminton (details) 2013
  Basketball (details) Since 2005
  Boxing (details) 2017
  Diving (sport) (details) Since 2005
  Equestrian (details) 2005-2013
  Fencing (details) 2005-2013
  Football (details) Since 2005
Sport Years
  Futsal (details) 2005 only
  Gymnastics (details) 2017
  Goalball (details) 2005 only
  Handball (details) Since 2005
  Judo (details) 2017
  Karate (details) Since 2005
  Rhythmic gymnastics (details) 2017
  Shooting (details) 2017
  Swimming (details) Since 2005
Sport Years
  Table tennis (details) Since 2005
  Taekwondo (details) Since 2005
  Tennis (details) Since 2005
  Volleyball (details) Since 2005
  Water polo (details) Since 2005
  Weightlifting (details) Since 2005
  Wrestling (details) 2017
  Wushu (details) Since 2013
Zurkhaneh 2017

Medal countEdit

As of 2017

All-time Islamic Solidarity Games medal table
1  Turkey (TUR)95100110305
2  Azerbaijan (AZE)856353201
3  Iran (IRI)795256187
4  Egypt (EGY)465149146
5  Indonesia (INA)436459166
6  Saudi Arabia (KSA)35213187
7  Malaysia (MAS)31223790
8  Morocco (MAR)25263384
9  Algeria (ALG)15284285
10  Uzbekistan (UZB)15173163
11  Kazakhstan (KAZ)15131846
12  Bahrain (BHR)146828
13  Iraq (IRQ)13171343
14  Syria (SYR)751426
15  Kyrgyzstan (KGZ)671225
16  Jordan (JOR)621624
17  Qatar (QAT)45918
18  Tunisia (TUN)432330
19  Oman (OMA)36918
20  Turkmenistan (TKM)351523
21  Pakistan (PAK)33915
22  Kuwait (KUW)28818
23  Nigeria (NGR)2316
24  Senegal (SEN)131014
25  Cameroon (CMR)13711
26  Sudan (SUD)1326
27  Bangladesh (BAN)1225
28  Tajikistan (TJK)1146
29  Gambia (GAM)1102
30  Guinea-Bissau (GBS)1012
  Mozambique (MOZ)1012
32  United Arab Emirates (UAE)04913
33  Guyana (GUY)0336
34  Yemen (YEM)0167
35  Libya (LBY)0134
36  Suriname (SUR)0123
37  Burkina Faso (BUR)0112
  Djibouti (DJI)0112
  Uganda (UGA)0112
40  Brunei (BRU)0101
  Palestine (PLE)0101
42  Afghanistan (AFG)0077
43  Ivory Coast (CIV)0055
44  Lebanon (LIB)0011
  Sierra Leone (SLE)0011
Totals (45 NOCs)5595557231837

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ designthemes. "Islamic Solidarity Sports Federation | Islamic Solidarity Sports Federation". Retrieved 2017-05-05.
  2. ^ "Islamic Solidarity Games". Retrieved 2017-05-05.
  3. ^ Ap, Riyadh (17 January 2010). "Islamic Solidarity Games cancelled after gulf row divides nations". London: Guardian/Associated Press. Retrieved 18 January 2010.
  4. ^ "Baku wins the 2017 Islamic Solidarity Games hosting bid". Hürriyet Daily News. 29 July 2013. Retrieved 29 July 2013.
  5. ^ "Baku 2017". Retrieved 2017-05-05.

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