2013 Islamic Solidarity Games
The 3rd Islamic Solidarity Games is an international sporting event held in Palembang, Indonesia from 22 September to 1 October 2013. The 2009 event, originally scheduled to take place in Iran, and later re-scheduled for April 2010, was cancelled after a dispute arose between Iran and the Arab countries.
|Host city||Palembang, South Sumatera, Indonesia|
|Motto||Harmony in Unity|
|Opening ceremony||22 September|
|Closing ceremony||1 October|
|Officially opened by||Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono|
President of Indonesia
|Main venue||Gelora Sriwijaya Stadium|
|GOR Dempo Jaka Baring||Badminton|
|GOR PSCC Palembang||Basketball, Volleyball|
|Graha Serbaguna Jaka Baring||Weightlifting|
|Jaka Baring Athletic Stadium||Athletics|
|Jaka Baring Beach Volley Arena||Beach Volleyball|
|Jaka Baring Gymnastic Hall||Wushu|
|Jaka Baring Main Stadium||Ceremonies, Football|
|Jaka Baring Sports Centre||Archery|
|Jaka Baring Swimming Stadium||Swimming|
|Jaka Baring Tennis Court||Tennis|
|Madya Bumi Sriwijaya Stadium||Football|
|Sriwijaya Promotion Centre||Karate, Taekwondo|
There are 57 nations participating in 2013 Islamic Solidarity Games.
Afghanistan Albania Algeria Azerbaijan Bahrain Bangladesh Benin Brunei Burkina Faso Cameroon Chad Comoros Djibouti Egypt Gabon Gambia Guinea Guinea-Bissau Guyana Indonesia Iran Iraq Ivory Coast Jordan Kazakhstan Kuwait Kyrgyzstan Lebanon Libya Malaysia Maldives Mali Mauritania Morocco Mozambique Niger Nigeria Oman Pakistan Palestine Qatar Saudi Arabia Senegal Sierra Leone Somalia Sudan Suriname Syria Tajikistan Togo Tunisia Turkey Turkmenistan Uganda United Arab Emirates Uzbekistan Yemen
|OC||Opening ceremony||●||Event competitions||1||Event finals||CC||Closing ceremony|
Host nation (Indonesia)
|Totals (29 nations)||183||181||236||600|
Sports bikini controversy
The Games faced a controversy over female athletes competing in sports bikinis. Some participating nations demanded that all sportswomen competing in the athletics, beach volleyball and swimming events wear body-covering sporting outfits instead of the usual, functional and official sports bikinis regulated by international rules. In some countries of the Muslim world, sporting suits for women called burqini, which cover the whole body except the face, the hands and the feet, are in use in accordance with Islamic culture. Furthermore, some countries asked the organizers to run the male and female events on separate days. Both regulations were applied in the first edition of the Games held in Saudi Arabia in 2005.
The organizing committee refused to fully comply with the demands stating that only the countries ruled by Islamic governments among the 44 participants with Muslim population opposed the two-piece sporting outfits standardized in international sports dress code. The organizers ruled that the use of sports bikinis is set optional so that sportswomen may wear religious-based outfits.