Azermarka—the company that issues Azerbaijan’s postage stamps as part of the country’s Ministry of Transport, Communications and High Technologies—has commemorated Baku 2017, the Fourth Islamic Solidarity Games, on four new stamps.
The stamps were issued as sheets of eight featuring four different sports, including tennis, rhythmic gymnastics, boxing and football. Each stamp has a denomination of 50 Azerbaijani qepik (about 40 cents Cdn.).
4th ISLAMIC SOLIDARITY GAMES
The multinational, multi-sport event—organized by the Islamic Solidarity Sports Federation—is being held in Baku, the capital city of Azerbaijan, until May 22. The opening ceremony was held last week, on May 12. The event features competitions across 20 sports, including 17 Olympic sports and three non-Olympic sports.
The First Islamic Solidarity Games were held in Saudi Arabia in 2005, and what was to be the third edition was held in Indonesia in 2013; however, the second event—originally slated to be held in October 2009 in Iran—was re-scheduled before being cancelled.
The country of Azerbaijan is bound by Russia to the north; the Caspian Sea to the east; Iran to the south; Armenia to the west; and Georgia to the northwest. According to a 2010 book published by Swedish scholar Svante Cornell, Azerbaijan Since Independence, Azerbaijan’s constitution doesn’t declare an official religion, and all major political forces in the country are secularist.