By Laman Ismayilova
Media representatives and participants of the 4th Islamic Solidarity Games with accreditation will enter Azerbaijan without visa, said Hikmat Hajiyev, the spokesman to the Foreign Ministry.
Hajiyev said about 1000 foreign media representatives had applied for media accreditation for the Games. The majority of the forms have already been approved and the process continues.
Earlier, Kamran Talibov, Head of Press Operations at Baku 2017 said that about 999 media representatives from 34 countries have applied for accreditation to cover the Games in Baku
He said that 252 of those who applied are representatives of the foreign media, while 747 represent local media.
The majority of those who applied for accreditation are from Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Iran and Pakistan, said Talibov. Others applied from the Netherlands, Poland, US, Germany, UK, Russia and France, he told Azertac.
Baku will host the fourth Islamic Solidarity Games on May 12-22.
Athletes from Islamic countries will be representing their nations over 10 days of competition across 20 different sports which include 23 disciplines (Athletics and Para Athletics, Aquatics – Diving, Aquatics – Swimming, Aquatics – Water Polo, Basketball 3x3, Football, Gymnastics – Artistic, Gymnastics – Rhythmic, Wushu, Table Tennis, Handball, Judo and Blind Judo, Wrestling – Greco, Wrestling – Freestyle, Shooting, Tennis, Volleyball, Boxing, Zurkhaneh, Karate, Taekwondo and Weightlifting) in 16 world-class sporting venues in Baku.
Baku was awarded the Games at the General Assembly of the Islamic Solidarity Sports Federation (ISSF) in Jeddah in July 2013.
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