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Opening ceremony of 5th Asian Indoor and Marital Games kicks off at Olympic Stadium

Official opening ceremony of V Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games took place in Turkmen capital with participation of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, Heads of the states and governments of number of countries, prominent foreign figures, international organizations and other honourable guests.

In the afternoon, the Head of the State arrived to the building of the Trade and Industrial Chamber where the participants of current event have gathered.

The President of Turkmenistan welcomed the heads of all delegations, which arrived in our capital for participation in the opening ceremony of Ashgabat 2017 Games, in the foyer of the Trade and Industrial Chamber.

After the greetings, Turkmen leader had joint photo with each of them and after invited high-rank guests to VIP hall. Further, there were an official reception on behalf of His Excellency the President of Turkmenistan on occasion of the opening ceremony of V Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games.

During the meeting, Head of the State Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and President of the Asian Olympic Council Sheikh Ahmad Al Fahad Al Sabah addressed to the participants.

Being a member of International Olympic Committee and Asian Olympic Council, Turkmenistan makes deserving contribution to the development of international Olympic movement. Active participation in the work of the AOC is considered as an important direction of international cooperation of our country in sport field. We are strictly committed to support of the interests of Asian states in the world’s Olympic movement and are confident that sports, noble traditions of the Olympics in the modern world are one of working mechanisms of understanding and friendship between the nations, the Head of the State highlighted.

V Asian Games will give an opportunity to Turkmenistan to occupy deserving place in the world’s sport system as a country that is able to organize large competitions of international level.

It is pleasant the Oceania countries joined this project owing to support and hospitality of Turkmenistan. Joint efforts of Asian Oceania countries in conduct of Asian Games in the capital of our country will promote further development of the world’s sports. The fact that almost the third of the countries of the planet are represented at the Games highlights its noble peace-making mission. Undoubtedly, these Games will be very important in consolidation of friendship and understanding between the nations and provision of peace on the planet.