Mascots Selected for Baku 2017 Islamic Solidarity Games

The Organizational Committee of the Islamic Solidarity Games has released the official mascots for the event that will be held later this year in Baku – two Karabakh horses. 

Female mascot Inje (Az. delicate) and Jasur (Az. brave) symbolize the qualities of finesse and courage needed by athletes to compete successfully, says the Committee. 

Per the Committee's website, 

"Inje reflects such qualities as charm and tenderness. She represents traditions and national values and at the same time she has a wide worldview."

and

"Jasur is brave, deft and purposeful. Like all Karabakh horses, he is distinguished by independence and confidence. He is an example of excellence, because he does his best in order to achieve his goals. Jasur is known for his kindness and his friendly attitude towards everyone."

Karabakh horses are largely bred in Azerbaijan's Sheki region, however they currently number less than 1,000 and are endangered.

First Lady of Azerbaijan Mehriban Aliyeva is the Chairwoman of the Organizational Committee of the Islamic Solidarity Games. She was also the Chairwoman of the Organizational Committee of the First European Games that were held in Baku in 2015. 

The Islamic Solidarity Games will take place from May 12-22, 2017 in Baku. 

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