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"5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games" to be hosted in Ashgabat presented in Baku

Baku, May 16, AZERTAC

As earlier reported, Turkmenistan, one of the most dynamically developing nations in Asia, is set to host the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Art Games this year.

The 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Art Games has been presented in Baku. Presentation was attended by foreign countries’ ambassadors, official representatives of a number of Olympic Committees who are visiting Baku.

Addressing the visitors, first secretary of the embassy of Turkmenistan to Baku Batir Rajabov spoke of the preparations of his country towards the Indoor and Martial Art Games as the country acquires the status of a sports state, where the health and lifestyle has become a priority of the state politics. “President of Turkmenistan Honorable Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov pays special attention to preparations of the Games”, the diplomat stated. “It carries a great importance to create all the necessary conditions for holding major sports events, among which Asian Indoor and Martial Art Games play a significant role. The Games contribute, not only to increasing of international sports prestige of Turkmenistan, but also to further training of highly qualified sportsmen and popularization of different kinds of sport in our country”, he said.

The 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Art Games will be held in the white-marbled city of Ashgabat, "the pearl of Asia", in 2017. For the first time, a great number of guests from 62 countries, including 45 Asian and 17 Pacific countries, will be received. The 5th Games will be joined by 5 thousand athletes from 21 kinds of sport, 2,500 coaches, more than 10,000 foreign guests, more than 1,500 technical staff members and over 10,000 volunteers.

Approximately 150,000-200,000 sport fans are expected to arrive in Ashgabat in September 2017. Opening and closing ceremonies of the Games will be held at the open air stadium with the capacity of 45,000 spectators. For the sake of transportation convenience on the vast territory, a monorail way will connect Olympic Village for 12 thousand "residents" with other venues of Olympic Park.

The sports venues are being built in the Olympic Park with the square of 156 hectares. The park includes over 30 multi-purpose venues, Paralympic Complex and Medical Rehabilitation Center. The sports venues in the Olympic Park will be provided with high quality sports equipment manufactured by leading world companies, also the peculiarities of venue decorations will be taken into account. Moreover all sportsmen and participants will be provided with all the necessities. Major competitions change image of cities, force their development, thus Ashgabat truly has a bright future.

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