UncategorisedSpectacular ceremony kicks off Solidarity Games

September 11, 20192

?The 2017 Islamic Solidarity Games were officially opened by Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev during a spectacular ceremony in the Baku Olympic Stadium on Friday night.
Short-distance sprinter Ali Khamis was the Bahrain flag barrier as the kingdom joined 53 other nations in the parade at the stadium, where pyrotechnics, dancers, musicians and even 40 horses, camels and donkeys featured at the ceremony.
All the teams were led out by women carrying water collected from around Azerbaijan, which formed a large fountain when poured into a bowl.
‘Togetherness in the Islamic World’ was the theme that highlighted at the opening ceremony show, as the 40-day long ‘journey from the Caspian’ came to its conclusion.
The introduction of the 2,800 athletes was followed by the story of a young girl called Mina, who explored the world with a kite while looking to spread peace and harmony.
The ceremony was finished off by a firework display, with the word ‘Baku’ being formed above the stadium.
After the entrance of President Aliyev, the Azerbaijani flag was raised during the national anthem to fantastic acclaim from the capacity crowd in the country’s largest arena.
It is no secret that Baku hopes to host the Olympics in the near future, and with the expense put into this opening ceremony it could have easily been mistaken for the world’s biggest multisport event.
The projection screen was 85 metres high, on a backdrop that took six weeks to build and was made from six kilometres of fabric. Over 300 speakers and 12 kilometres worth of cables brought constant music and life to the stadium, while over 1,000 lighting fixtures were used.
More than 5,000 people from 31 different countries worked on the ceremony, including 2,200 local volunteer performers. After the highlights of ‘the journey from the Caspian’ were shown on the screen, Afghanistan began the athletes’ parade.
Meanwhile, Bahrain will begin their campaign tomorow (Monday) at the games when the shooting team competes at the women’s event. Athletics action starts on Tuesday, while wrestling activities gets underway on May 20.
It’s worth noting that this is the third time kingdom of Bahrain is involved at the Islamic Solidarity Games. Its maiden appearance was in the first edition in 2005 in Saudi Arabia, then at the 2013 games in Indonesia where the nationals won seven medals in three sports – athletics, taekwondo and karate.


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