One week has left until the beginning of the 2017 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games. It attracts thousands guests and fans to Turkmenistan, as well as increased attention of the world mass media that covers the international events of such scale.
Professionals of the foreign media community highly evaluated the Olympic Village that was erected in the centre of the Turkmen capital to welcome thousands of guests and sportsmen and has no analogues in the world.
According to the International Sports Press Association, ‘The new Olympic Stadium in Ashgabat, the arena of which will host the opening and closing ceremonies of the Asian Games, is an amazing, unique facility in the centre of the sports complex, that stands as an important heritage of the Turkmen people…’
The Olympic Village will have all necessary infrastructure, including social, cultural and trading centres, hotels, restaurants, cafes, stores, community services and car parking, as well as monorail.
A number of world-known internet publications highlights the comfortable location of the Olympic Village – near the Turkmen State Institute of Economy and Management, the Institute of Culture, the National Institute of Tourism and Sports among others. The institutes will use modern and brand-new sports facilities, built for the 2017 Asian Games.
The representatives of the sports community, who will participate in the V Asian Games also highly evaluate the preparation process and conditions created for the upcoming event. According to the official site of the Olympic Council of Asia, “2017 Ashgabat” can boast the impressive figures, significant personnel pool, incredible technical achievements and infrastructure, creatively different organization of catering as well as a number of other available facilities for hosting athletes from Asian and Oceania.
According to South China Morning Post, Turkmenistan invariably builds up its reputation as a sports nation. Starting from September 17 to September 27, the country will welcome leading athletes and spectators from all over Asia and Oceania, who will arrive in Turkmenistan to take part in the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games - the first event of this scale for Central Asia. At the same time, the edition notes: "The motto of the Games - “Health. Inspiration. Friendship" reflects the values of the people and the conviction that sport, as well as the Olympic movement, play an important role in promoting mutual understanding and cooperation between peoples. The 2017 Ashgabat Games are to inspire people to practice sports and to welcome all participating countries in Turkmenistan in a spirit of friendship".
Athletes and representatives of 65 National Olympic Committees, as well as numerous guests and fans, closely follow the progress of preparation.
The official website of the International Federation of Muaythai Amateur says: “The Federation of Muaythai of Asia and the countries of Oceania look forward for the Games opening, and the host country, the Federation of Muaythai of Turkmenistan, has actively prepared for the Games, taking part in all major IFMA events with one goal - to make sure that the Asian Games in Ashgabat will be a great success for the Turkmen sport”.
The international community also demonstrated keen interest in the process on the eve of the Asian Games that is vividly proved by the wide coverage of the official ceremony of lighting the Olympic torch, taken place at the Galkynysh deposit in Mary Velayat on September 7.
A week before the ceremony, foreign journalists announced the upcoming festivities. Particular attention was paid to the venue – giant gas deposit Galkynysh.
The headings of various informational resources announced: “The 2017 Asian Games torch lights up at the ancient land of Margush”, “Festivities on occasion of the 10-day countdown to the 2017 Asian Games”, “President of Turkmenistan wishes success to participants of the 2017 Asian Games”, “The image of a horse and giant pool in Ashgabat registered in the Guinness Book of Records”.
“An arrow released from a bow ‘burned’ from the rays of the sun and fell through the hole in the dome of the yurt right into the hearth, which immediately burned with fire ...
Producers of the ceremony of lightening the torch of the 2017 Asian Games built the ceremony on such beautiful metaphoric expression that unites the national history, traditions of respecting the home fire and modern time”, a reporter of the Orient web site describes the event.
The photo report, published by the SNG Today news portal, clearly demonstrates the beauty of the official ceremony, full of traditions and symbolism.
"Like many peoples, Turkmen consider the home fire sacred. It is symbolic that the torch of the Asian Games is lit on the ancient land of Margush, where one of the centres of the world civilization blossomed thousands years ago... ", notes the correspondent of the information portal.
The festivities organized in all regions of Turkmenistan, as well as the exhibition of BMW motor vehicles, which will be used during the Games held by the Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs of Turkmenistan, attracted he attention of the reporters of the electronic edition.
A great attention was paid to the celebrations on the occasion of the 10-day countdown to the 2017 Asian Games and the international news agency "Trend", which prepared reports in chronological order and in full detail illustrating the course of events on September 7. Observers of this authoritative publication note that in a short period of time Turkmenistan has become a sports power with the capacity to host the world's largest sports competitions.
The Interfax-Azerbaijan news agency reported that on September 7, the Turkmen leader was awarded with the certificates on registering the facilities of the Olympic Village in Ashgabat in the Guinness Book of Records. The article describes the architectural masterpieces of Ashgabat - an artistic image of the Ahalteke horse in the Olympic Stadium and the Water Sports Complex with the world's largest indoor swimming pool.
The upcoming Games are the unique event in the world of sports, as representatives of the countries of Oceania will participate in the Asian Games for the first time. The historical and cultural richness of Turkmenistan allowed the organizers of the event to emphasize the uniqueness and historical significance of the Asian Games.
"In the framework of the preparations for the 2017 Asian Games, the 500-day horse marathon was launched on May 5, 2016 near the walls of the Nisa State Historical and Cultural Reserve. This unique riding marathon is a way to pay tribute to the unique traditions and cultural heritage of Turkmenistan", South China Morning Post reported.
Many publications that covered the festive ceremony, quoted the statement of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, who greeted its participants through a spacebridge from the capital.
“Fire is the symbol of prosperity and well-being. We found it right, following the traditions of our ancestors, to light the torch of the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games at one of the world's largest gas deposits Galkynysh, which in the near future will bring prosperity not only to our people but also to the peoples of the whole region", -RIA Novosti quotes the words of the head of Turkmenistan.
"Participants of the 500-day horse marathon have to go through the last stage - deliver the fire of the Games to the opening ceremony, which will be held at the central stadium of the Olympic Village in the capital of Turkmenistan on September 17", the agency continues.
For our Motherland, the 2017 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games are yet another opportunity to show the true spirit of hospitality of the Turkmen people. According to UNESCO, the Asian Games in Ashgabat will contribute to the active promotion of the principles of healthy lifestyle and the successful achievement of Sustainable Development Goals.
The great attention paid by the head of state Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov to the development of sports in the country as a whole and to the 5th Asian Games, in particular, the careful preparation and enthusiasm of the people of the country, as well as the innate hospitality and morality of the Turkmen people, make it possible to be sure of the success of the upcoming 2017 Asian Games in Ashgabat .
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