Tajik judoka wins silver at the 5th Islamic Solidarity Games in Turkiye

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Tajik Komronshoh Ustopiriyon has won a silver medal at the 5th Islamic Solidarity Games, finishing second in the wright category of -90kg.

On the way to the final, Komronshoh has defeated Seyed Mohammadreza Saeedi Madani (Iran), Omer Aydin (Turkiye) and Carmanob Sagaipov (Lebanon).

In the final Ustopiriyon lost to host judoka of Slovenian origin Mihael Zgank.

In all, Tajik athletes have won seven medals at the Islamic Solidarity Games in Konya, Turkiye, including silver medal of Komronshoh Ustopiriyon, two bronze medals of judokas Shodmon Rizoyev (-81kg) and Abdubakr Akobir (-100kg), silver medal of track and field athlete Ildar Ahmadiyev, silver medal of table tennis player Yekaterina Ishchenko, and two bronze medals of wrestlers Aslamjon Azizov and Firouz Mirzorajabov.

Tajik athletes with seven medals is currently on the 27th place among 56 nations in the medal standings

Recall, 48 Tajik athletes, including nine women, have participated in the 2021 Islamic Solidarity Games that are being held from August 9-18 in Konya, Turkey under the aegis of Islamic Solidarity Sports Federation (ISSF).

To-date, our athletes have participated in six of eight sports, including athletics, taekwondo (WTF), table tennis, judo, freestyle wrestling, and Greco-Roman wrestling

Today, our athletes are competing for medals in karate competitions, and tomorrow, our athletes will compete in archery competitions.

The 2021 Islamic Solidarity Games is 5th edition of the event. Formerly scheduled to take place from August 20-29, 2021, the event was postponed to be held from September 10-19, 2021 in July 2020 by the ISSF because the original dates were coinciding with the 2020 Summer Olympics, which were postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In May 2021, the ISSF postponed the event to August 2022 citing the COVID-19 pandemic situation in the participating countries.

The Islamic Solidarity Games is a multinational, multi-sport event involving the elite athletes of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) who compete in a variety of sports. The Solidarity Games were initially created to strengthen Islamic camaraderie and reinforce the values of Islam, primarily to the youth. The Islamic Solidarity Sports Federation (ISSF) is responsible for the direction and control of the Islamic Solidarity Games. The ISSF strives to improve Islamic solidarity, promote Islamic identity in sports and help reduce discrimination toward Muslims.

The original idea for the Solidarity Games comes from Prince Faisal bin Fahd bin Abdulaziz, during the Third Islamic Summit in 1981. The first Solidarity Games were held in 2005 in Saudi Arabia. In 2005, the games were male-only with 7,000 athletes from fifty-four countries competing in thirteen different sports. Females are now allowed to participate in the games but compete on different days than men. Non-Muslim citizens in the member countries are also allowed to take part in the Games.

Source: Asia-Plus