Riyadh, 15th February 2004
A reception party was today held at the Riyadh-based King Fahd Cultural Centre, in the presence of Prince Sultan bin Fahd bin Abdul Aziz, the General President of Youth Welfare, to mark the countdown to the Islamic Solidarity Games Tournament to be hosted by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia from 8-20 April 2004.
In a statement to the press, Dr Salih Ahmed bin Nassir, Undersecretary of Youth Welfare for Youth Affairs and Director of the Tournament, said that between 8,000 and 10,000 athletes are expected to take part in the event, which will be held in Makkah, Madinah, Jeddah and Taif.
Speaking on the occasion, Prince Sultan said that the tournament is the biggest international sports event after the Olympic Games.
Prince Sultan signed 57 invitation cards addressed to National Olympic Committees around the world to attend the tournament.
The reception was attended by a number of princes, government officials, Ambassadors of Islamic countries accredited to the Kingdom and representatives of the Secretariat General of the Jeddah-based Organization of Islamic Conference.