On March 30 “El-1" sports club public union held promotional press-conference entitled "43 days to go to Baku 2017 Islamic Solidarity Games".
El-1 sports club president Elchin Chobanzadeh opened the press-conference saying: "I welcome everyone at the "43 days to go to Baku 2017 Islamic Solidarity Games" promotional press-conference. These days each sports society intensively prepares for the Games. We, El-1 sports club public union do our best to develop sports types and promote Islamic Games. I would like to thank everyone for their best respective efforts and contribution to the country."
Paraolympic judo fighter Ilham Zakiyev: "We, athletes, participate in sports events with dignity. I am also anxious to win at the Islamic Solidarity Games. May Azerbaijan flag rise high and peace be ensured with our victories."
Umman Aghamaliyev, Baku-2017 Islamic Solidarity Games advisor: "We met with El-1 sports club public union at Baku-2015 European Games and since then expanded our cooperation. I welcome promotional activities of El-1 and other sports public unions ahead of the marvellous IV Islamic Solidarity Games to be held in our country.
Representative of Saudi Arabia embassy in Azerbaijan expressed his warm regards: "We are anxious to see Baku 2017 Islamic Solidarity Games. I urge Muslim countries to stand for unity and peace".
Member of parliament Aghadjan Abiyev: "Firstly, I would like to note that the upcoming sport event in Azerbaijan is absolutely different from other international sporting events which were held in our country. During Baku-2015 European Games all countries regarded us with respect. As you know, the second European Games will be held in the city of Minsk in Belarus. Together with Mr. Chingiz (vice-president of National Olympic Committee) we met Belorussian president Lukashenko in Minsk at his invitation. At the meeting president stressed that he is fond of Azerbaijan and that Baku-2015 European Games were held at high level. He said: "Personally, I am afraid that we might fail to host the Games at your level." He requested us to share our experience in organizing sports events."
Farasat Gurbanov, Executive Director of Secretariat of State Support Council to NGOs at the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan also said notable words: "people of all professions in Azerbaijan rejoice with the government. Everyone in the organization I represent does everything possible for our motherland. We have big expectations for Baku 2017 Islamic Solidarity Games. We are proud of our country and enjoy being citizens of such country."
Other speakers also emphasized that Azerbaijan is the state that has well-established position in sports. The press-conference was attended by vast number of mass media reporters.