5th Islamic Solidarity Games, planned to be held in 2021 by the International Islamic Solidarity Sports Federation but postponed for 1 year due to the pandemic, were held in Konya on 09-18 August 2022.
The opening ceremony held at Konya Metropolitan Stadium was attended by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, President of Azerbaijan İlham Aliyev, President of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) Ersin Tatar, Prime Minister of Palestine Muhammed Ishtiyyah, Prime Minister of Albania Edi Rama, Prime Minister of Algeria Eymen Bin Abdurrahman, President of International Islamic Solidarity Sports Federation (ISSF) and Minister of Sports of Saudi Arabia Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki al-Faisal, Minister of Information, Culture and Youth of Kuwait Abdulrahman Al Mutairi, Vice President Fuat Oktay, Speaker of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey Mustafa Şentop, Minister of Youth and Sports Mehmet Muharrem Kasapoğlu, Minister of Interior Süleyman Soylu, Minister of Environment, Urbanization and Climate Change Murat Kurum, Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Vahit Kirişçi, President of TDBB and Mayor of Konya Metropolitan Municipality Uğur İbrahim Altay and representatives of other participating countries, ambassadors and sports fans.
The opening of the 5th Islamic Solidarity Games was held with the participation of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, accompanied by a visual feast. In his short speech at the opening ceremony, Erdoğan said, “I congratulate all those who contributed on my behalf and on behalf of my nation.”
In the organization, in which more than 4,000 athletes from 54 countries participated in 24 different branches, the athletes competed for medals in riflery, athletics, basketball 3×3, cycling, bocce, gymnastics (artistic, aerobics, rhythmic), fencing, football, wrestling, weightlifting, handball, judo, karate, kick boxing. table tennis, archery, taekwondo, volleyball, swimming, traditional archery, para-athletics, para-table tennis, para-archery, para-swimming.
Turkish athletes set a record by winning a total of 341 medals, 145 gold, 107 silver and 89 bronze. Turkey, which made history as the country with the most gold and total medals in the history of the Games, was followed by Uzbekistan, Iran, Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan in the medal rankings.
The 5th Islamic Solidarity Games ended with the closing ceremony. Speaking at the ceremony, Minister of Youth and Sports Mehmet Muharrem Kasapoğlu said, “We were very happy to host thousands of our brothers and sisters in this climate of tolerance of Mevlana.”