The development of mass physical training and sports of highest achievements in our country has organized character of the state programme with long-term perspective. Healthy life style became national idea and strong consolidating factor as the result of integrated measures. The initiatives proposed by the Head of the State in this direction find unanimous support of Turkmen citizens as well as wide recognition of the world community.
Current year under the slogan “Turkmenistan – the Heart of the Great Silk Road” is marked by big sport event “Amul – Hazar 2018”, which includes track-and-field and cycling races and international rally. As it was informed before the start was given to mass sport competition in Turkmenabat, the administration centre of Lebap Velayat. It is symbolically that the races run along legendary ancient route with the heart of the territory of Turkmenistan that is restored nowadays in new merit.
President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov highlighted that healthy life style, the formation of the need of people to do physical training and sport and therefore, to improve the health and willpower is the objective of entire nation. Care of physical and spiritual health of the nation, current and future generations are important investments to the future. Following this, the formation of integrated system of physical, moral and spiritual improvement and harmonic development of the individual are the dominants of the state policy in Turkmenistan.
Large-scale awareness-raising work on explanation of negative health impact of harmful habits to human health like smoking is aimed to achieve these targets. The country observes the World Tobacco Free day annually on May 31. Number of events are usually timed to that day. In this regard, it is worth reminding that Turkmenistan joined the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control as well as undertook real measures for the improvement of relative national legislation.
Certain results that have been achieved in this sphere brightly indicate the efficiency of targeted measures for the popularization of healthy and active life style expanded in the country. Today, physical training and sport have more followers among Turkmen citizens. More and more citizens including children and you involve in regular physical training and sport disciplines. Young generation successfully and enthusiastically master both summer and winter sports like ice-hockey and figure skating.
Along with the modernization of national health protection system providing the access of the population to wide spectrum of modern medical services on international standards level, physical training and sports make positive effect on quality and longevity of people’s life. The Law of Turkmenistan on Health Protection of Citizens and National Programme of Support and Development of Physical Training and Sport in Turkmenistan for 2011 – 2020 as well as number of other documents and programmes have been adopted for these purposes.
Exceptional work for the stimulation and improvement of sport and health improving sphere, intensification of its potential and formation of multifunctional infrastructure has been performed for the last few years. Excellent sport complexes, stadiums, specialized sport schools, etc. have been built in the capital and all regions. Excellent conditions for active rest, development of water sports have been made in Avaza National tourist zone located on ecological Turkmen coast of Caspian Sea. All educational and pre-school institutions have gyms and sport grounds equipped with all kind of sport facilities. There are opportunities to go in for sports in living complexes as well as in adjoining territories.
The events timed to the World Health Day that observed in Turkmenistan together with the world community annually on April 7 were unprecedented. Nation-wide sport events uniting representatives of all ages and professions – personnel of ministries and departments, government institutions, social and cultural spheres, workers of different branches of national economy, students, became traditional in the country. Hiking on the Health Path are held on occasion of important events and remarkable dates of national calendar. The prestige of national championships and tournament in various sports is improved.
The cycling received strong stimulus in our country due to the attention of Turkmen leader. Relative Resolution signed by President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov in 2013 was important step in this direction and mass cycling ride was made on September 1of the same year, which was the first large-scale action of the kind.
Number of supporters of this sport in Turkmenistan is constantly growing both among the youth and among representatives of elder generation. Citizens of our country learn riding bicycles with pleasure, having appreciated its advantages both for sport and for health improving rides and comfortable and environmental-free transport.
By the way, cycling (short track) competitions were included to the programme of Ashgabat 2017 Games. These competitions were held in indoor cycle track for 6000 visitors, which is one of the facilities of the Olympic village. It has all conditions for big international competitions including World Championships as well as for the training.
Technical sports including automobile races are dynamically developing together with this. Automobile Sports Centre and racing track have been opened in Ashgabat owing to energetic support of the Head of the State who is experienced master of this sport discipline.
As is known, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov initiated International rally “The Silk Road 2009” on Kazan – Ashgabat route. In this regard, it is symbolically that big contest of automobile sport masters – Amul – Hazar 2018 rally, will be held in September in our country. This competition is a part of the sport action held under the slogan of 2018 “Turkmenistan – the Heart of the Great Silk Road”.
Of course, the equestrian sport is traditionally very popular among our people as Turkmenistan is the home land of famous ahalteke horses distinguished by excellent sport features. From the old times not a single celebrations is held without such captivating performance as horse races. Today, national and other equestrian sports are developed in the country under support of the President. That includes show jumping that was included to the programme of Ashgabat Asian Games that were held last September.
Modern equestrian complexes have been built in the capital and velayats. Turkmen Horse Celebration is held annually in the country on high governmental level.
President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov highlights that the sports is important factor of consolidation of global peace, friendship and fruitful cooperation between the states and peoples. Being invariably committed to eternal humane ideals and values of the Olympic movement, neutral Turkmenistan makes considerable contribution to the expansion of regional and international partnership in sport sphere. The policy pursued by the Head of the State in this sphere gives positive results – national sports enters new levels and our country becomes the place of large international competitions.
V Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games held on the arenas of unique Olympic village of the capital is visual example to this. Turkmenistan National team deservingly stood for sport prestige of the country at these competitions, having taken the first place in total medal count. This year, Ashgabat is to host another important international tournament – the World Powerlifting Championship.
Therefore, all of these is bright evidence of the success of the strategy of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov in sport sphere as well as the evidence of the unity of Turkmenistan citizens around creative initiatives of National leader, which main purpose is the prosperity of the country and wealth of its people.
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