The opening ceremony of the 4th Islamic Solidarity Games was held on the Baku Olympic Stadium. Art masters are present samples of Azerbaijani and Islamic culture, parade of sportsmen and salute were organized.
Over 3,000 athletes from 54 countries, around 2,000 representatives of teams and technical staff are taking part in the games.
Azerbaijan is represented by 325 athletes. Turkey has the most representative delegation consisting of 345 athletes. Iran with 300 athletes ranks third.
Baku 2017 Islamic Solidarity Games launched the Journey from the Caspian, which started with a ceremony at the Stone Chronical Museum on April 5. During the launch ceremony, 16 children from across Azerbaijan were presented with a copper Baku 2017 Water Vessel, containing water from the Caspian Sea, which they took back to their home towns and cities. In doing so, they brought the spirit of the Baku 2017 Islamic Solidarity Games to the people of Azerbaijan.
Over the course of its journey, which exceeded 3,000 km in 37 days, the Journey from the Caspian visited spectacular water locations across Azerbaijan.