Turkmenistan was the first in the Central Asian region to receive the Asian Games in indoor and martial arts in 2017. It was at the initiative of the President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov that a meeting of the Executive Committee of the Olympic Council of Asia was held in Ashgabat in 2006, where decisions were taken aimed at giving Ashgabat the status of one of the sports capitals of the world.

The decision of the Olympic Council of Asia, which unites 45 countries of the Asian continent in its ranks, was a bright result of the large-scale activity conducted under the leadership and with the direct participation of the President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov aimed at broad development of sports and physical culture in the country, Turkmenistan’s integration into international sports processes.

5 Nov 2010 the head of state took part in the ceremony of laying the Olympic village — a multipurpose sports complex, which will include more than 30 projects.

Olympic Complex in Ashgabat is a unique sports facility in the Central Asian region, which will be hosting the Asian games in 2017. Around the complex from four sides are major traffic arteries of the capital. This important factor will ensure unimpeded access to all buildings of the complex.

Creating a comfortable environment in the indoor sports facilities and equipping them with the specialized equipment that will allow year-round training and competition, qualifying and qualifying tournaments, in accordance with international rules and requirements of the sport.

The region’s largest Olympic village will occupy an area of 157 hectares. In this multifunctional complex will be created all conditions for holding international competitions of the highest level, as well as a universal base for training national teams in different sports.

The program included competitions in 21 sports. In which will be attended by National Olympic committees from 62 countries.

It is due to the priority attention of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov that in modern Turkmenistan sport is gaining more and more admirers, increasing importance and importance in society. The main goal of developing a strategy for developing sports and establishing a healthy lifestyle in Turkmenistan was to create conditions for as many citizens as possible to participate in sports and physical education in the country, especially children, adolescents, boys and girls.

Participation of Turkmen athletes at the world sports movement in the country has hosted major international competitions. In the capital and in all regions of the country built modern sports complexes, stadiums, hippodromes, specialized schools. Popularity gain national horse games, in all provinces built a large modern equestrian complexes.

Good incentive for youth on the way to health, physical and spiritual
National superiority which are annually carried out on different types of sport among school, high school, industry and regional commands are designed to become improvement. These competitions which involve thousands of turkmenistanets in the orbit are held under the motto “Turkmenistan — the Country of Health and High Spirit”. Today this slogan became the national idea of the Turkmen people.

The Turkmen palvana in 2015, participating in the World Cups, Asia and other international competitions in different types of zone fight have won 63 medals — 26 gold, 19 silver and 18 bronze.

Only last year the Turkmen chess players, speaking at the World Cup, the World Cups and Asia, other international competitions have won 16 medals, six of which gold and on five silver and bronze.

The Turkmen school of taekwondo (ITF) in the short period of its existence quite confidently declared itself on the world sports arena. So, just last year, our compatriots, taking part in the World Cup, Asian Championships, International Martial Arts Games and other international competitions, won 54 medals. Of these, 22 gold and 16 silver and bronze medals.

Cycling in recent years is gaining great popularity in our country, primarily thanks to the asceticism of the leader of the nation. In 2013, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov signed the relevant Resolution aimed at stimulating domestic cycling, modernizing the existing infrastructure, attracting Turkmen citizens to engage in this sport.

In April of this year, within the month of “Health and Happiness”, another mass bike ride was held, which brought together thousands of Turkmen citizens and was attended by President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.

Among the 21 sports that are included in the program of the Asian Games-2017, there is also cycling (track). Competitions on this spectacular sports discipline will take place on one of the arenas of the capital’s Olympic town – in a magnificent indoor cycle track. Its bicycle path in all respects meets the relevant international standards and modern requirements for such facilities.

In Turkmenistan, karate enjoys great popularity, for more than a decade, Turkmen masters of karate have held leading positions in the international arena, winning many prestigious awards and titles.

Among the last outstanding achievements is the world record set by the student of the National Institute of Sport and Tourism Diyar Khodjaev in the nomination “The Fastest Victory” at the Fudokan Karate Open Cup in Togliatti held in November 2015. He managed to finish the fight already on the 7th second – the first exact kick to the opponent’s head.

Wushu – the Turkmen followers of this kind of Chinese martial arts also made a significant contribution to the enhancement of Turkmenistan’s sporting prestige, performing well in international tournaments. Also, in recent years, Turkmen athletes actively taking part in various international sports competitions have won many prize awards.

May 5 this year, the Turkmen people celebrated a grand sporting event. On this day in the State Historical and Cultural Reserve “Nisa”, near the walls of the ancient fortress, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov launched the 500-day equestrian relay race, which, covering the whole country, will finish on the opening day of the Asian Games-2017 on the main arena of the Olympic town in the capital. At the same time, the countdown timer V of the Asian Games in closed rooms and in martial arts was launched.

An exhibition was held at the site of the celebration, telling about the achievements and successes of Turkmenistan in various spheres of life of the state and society, including in sports. Particular attention was attracted to the products with the Asiada-2017 symbols-all kinds of souvenirs, textiles, accessories from keteni with national embroidery, gift sets. The exposition was complemented by paintings and sculptures depicting horses or reflecting the theme of sports, national cultural heritage, as well as ceramics and jewelry, old carpets for horses, torba and chuvaly, musical instruments.

The collection of clothes and uniforms for staff and volunteers developed by domestic designers that will serve the Games, samples of entrance tickets to competitions and publishing products was presented here.

The festivities of the V Asian Games in Indoors and in the Martial Arts, which will be held in Ashgabat in 2017, begin today with horse riding, which will take place in all velayats of the country.

This run will be inscribed in the chronicle of the Turkmen sovereign state, as a significant date in the biography of the Motherland, rapidly developing under the wise leadership of the President of Turkmenistan, will raise the glory of “paradise” horses even higher.

And the equestrian procession, led by three horsemen with the flags of Turkmenistan and the OCA and the torch of the Asian Games in the middle, started off to the sound of a solemn song.

V Asian Indoor Games and Martial Arts will be held in Ashgabat at a high level and will multiply the international authority of Turkmenistan as an athletic power and will promote the development of sports around the world.

The present significant event will be inscribed in gold letters in the annals of the Year of Veneration of Heritage, the transformation of the Motherland.

The fact that the equestrian run, the route of which will cover all regions of the country, took its start precisely at the walls of the ancient fortress of Nisa – a symbol of high respect of the Turkmen people for their historical roots, national treasure, priceless component of which are beautiful Akhal-Teke horses, also called “Nisi” . It was here, in the foothill valley of Akhala, the Akhal-Teke breed was born, brought by the Turkmen to an unsurpassed perfection.

Thus, the start of the equestrian run with the participation of 17 riders 500 days before the opening of the V Asian Games in 2017 symbolically favors their successful holding, where in the era of power and happiness under the leadership of the head of state Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov all grandiose plans and bold dreams are embodied.