Azerbaijan will host the 2025 Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) Games, the Secretary General of the National Olympic Committee of Azerbaijan (NOC) Azer Aliyev said on Thursday, Turanews.kz reports.
Aliyev made the announcement during a visit to the Khatyn memorial complex in Belarus, where the 2023 CIS Games are currently underway.
“We already have good experience in holding sports events,” Aliyev said. “We hope that we will also organize the 2025 CIS Games at a decent level. Perhaps we will include more regions. We hope to pleasantly surprise all the guests.”
The Azerbaijani team is currently in third place at the 2023 CIS Games, with 177 athletes competing in 16 sports.
The 2025 CIS Games will be the third edition of the event, following the inaugural games in Russia in 2021 and the current games in Belarus.
The CIS Games are a multi-sport event for athletes from the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), a group of 11 countries that emerged from the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.
The games are typically held every four years, alternating with the Summer Olympics.
Azerbaijan has a strong track record in hosting major sporting events. The country hosted the 2015 European Games, a multi-sport event for athletes from European countries, and the 2017 Islamic Solidarity Games, a multi-sport event for athletes from Islamic countries.
The 2025 CIS Games are expected to be a major event for Azerbaijan and the CIS region. The games will showcase the country’s sporting prowess and its commitment to hosting major sporting events.