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A Great Success of Wushu at 4th Islamic Solidarity Games

2017-05-25

The 4th Islamic Solidarity Games, an exciting multi-sport event uniting the Islamic world, were successfully held in Baku, Azerbaijan from May 12-22, 2017. Over 3000 athletes from 54 Islamic Solidarity Sports Federation countries spanning the continents of Asia, Africa and Europe participated in the competitions of 24 disciplines from 21 sports in the Games.

After days of nip-and-tuck competition against Turkey for top spot, the host country Azerbaijan finally topped the medal table with 75 gold medals. The Turks had the consolation of ending up with the highest overall medal haul with 71 golds and 195 in total. Iran finished third with 39 golds, of which six came from the wushu sanda events. 

                    Here's the list of top 10 Countries on the final Medal Table

The competition wushu events were held May 20-22 in Baku Sports Hall. The wushu competition consisted of men’s events in sanda in the following 7 weight categories: 48kg, 52kg, 56 kg, 60kg, 65kg, 70kg, 75kg.

               Here is the medal table of wushu sanda event at the 4th Islamic Solidarity Games.

11 countries gained medals from the wushu event, contributing to their placing of the overall medal list.Iranians showed excellent results in the sanda events by sweeping six of seven gold medals available. In only the 48 kg category without an Iranian fighter, Mehmet Demirci from Turkey beat Turatbek Sulaimankul from Kyrgyzstan in the final. Azerbaijan gained 3 silvers after losing all of their finals to Iran, and also took 3 bronzes.

With the joint efforts of Azerbaijan Wushu Federation, Iran Wushu Federation and IWUF, wushu was listed as an official sport of the 4th Islamic Solidarity Game at the General Assembly of the Islamic Solidarity Sports Federation (ISSF) in September 2015. The IWUF also gave support the Organizing Committee in the provision of the required international technical officials for the competition. The inclusion of the sport of wushu to the 4th Islamic Solidarity Games will to some extent contribute to the promotion and the development of wushu in the Islamic world.

The next Solidarity Games will be held in Istanbul, Turkey in 2021. We look forward to the excellent performances of wushu athletes from the Islamic countries in the 5th Islamic Solidarity Games in 2021.

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