18.4.2018, Baku, Azerbaijan
The 4th Session of the Islamic Conference of Youth and Sports Ministers (ICYSM), chaired by HE Dr. Osman Ashkan PAK the president of 3rd Session of ICYSM and Minister of Youth and Sports of Turkey, was opened in the capital city of Azerbaijan, Baku.
The session witnessed reviewing the report of the 3rd Session of ICYSM, then the chairmanship of the Conference was handed over to HE Mr. Azad RAHIMOV the Minister of Youth & Sport in Azerbaijan being the president of current Session.
The meeting started with a recitation from the Holy Quran. Afterwards, HE Dr. Yousef bin Ahmad AL- OTHAIMEEN Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) delivered the opening speech and stressed the importance that the OIC embraces towards the issues of sport and development of youth in the Member States of OIC.
Then, HE Mr. Mohammed S. AL-GARNAS the Secretary General of Islamic Solidarity Sports Federation delivered a speech, on behalf of HE Mr. Turky bin Abdulmohsen AL-ALSHEIKH the President of Islamic Solidarity Sports Federation and conveyed the greetings & thanks of HE Mr. AL-ALSHEIKH to the Government of Turkey represented by the Ministry of Youth & Sport of Turkey, for the dedicated efforts of Turkey shown throughout the previous term.
Mr. AL-GARNAS wished Azerbaijan all the success during the current session urging all Member States to closely collaborate to contribute to the success of the projects of ISSF projects that aiming at serving the Muslim Youth in areas of Youth & Sport and to direct them to the correct path (socially, scientifically and in sport).
He also expressed thanks to the people of Azerbaijan, HE Mr. Ilham ALIYEV the President of Azerbaijan, HE Mrs. Mehraban ALIYEVA the President of Organizing Committee of the Islamic Solidarity Games and HE Mr. Azad RAHIMOV the Minister of Youth and Sport for their full support to the Games and their keen interest to make the Games successful.
The draft of Agenda and Timetable of the meeting were duly adopted in the meeting, and reports of activities of between the 3rd and 4th sessions of the conference of both the ISSF and ICYF-DC were approved.
The project submitted by ISSF regarding the Sports Capital of the Islamic Countries (SCIC) has been approved and implementation of the project will start as from 2019.
The Ministers of Youth & Sport and Heads of Delegations delivered speeches and emphasized the impact of Solidarity, Exploitation of all Potentials and Unification of all Capabilities for the benefit of youth and sport in Muslim Countries.