"The development of sport in Turkmenistan is one of the national ideas and priority tasks of the state, the leadership of which applies every effort to achieve the goals", said Viatcheslav Ekimov, President of the Russian Cycling Federation, Russian former professional racing cyclist, six-time world champion, triple Olympic gold medalist famous cyclist six times world champion, three-time Olympic champion, a record-holder. In 2017, he joined the Professional Sports Council of the International Cycling Union.
Viatcheslav Ekimov was invited to take part in the enlarged government meeting on the development of sports, which was held in the Olympic Village under the chairmanship of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov. Speaking at the meeting, Ekimov underlined the great contribution of Turkmenistan and its leader in the development of the international sports in general, and cycling, in particular.
Ekimov noted that the highways running along the Kopetdag Mountains have hosted numerous national cycling competitions for many decades, and in recent years have been the venue for international training camps for leading athletes. This is facilitated not only by the climate of Turkmenistan, which allows cycling in the open air almost all the year round, but also the perfect quality of the highways in the country.
In winter, one of the best professional cycling teams of the world "Katyusha", whose founder and trustee is the President of "ARETI" Company Igor Makarov, periodically visits Turkmenistan for the preparation for major international tournaments.
The wonderful indoor cycle track, built in compliance with the Olympic standards deserves the highest assessment. The erection of this sports facility is a very important step in the development of cycling in Turkmenistan. According to international experts and experts from the International Cycling Union, all necessary requirements are observed there and all necessary infrastructure is created that provides conditions for holding international high-level cycling tournaments in Ashgabat.
According to Yekimov, the most important is the special attitude to cycling of the Turkmenistan President, who regularly organizes bike rides and bike parades as well as participates in these events.
Viatcheslav Ekimov emphasized that taking into account the excellent organization of the V Asian Games demonstrated by Turkmenistan in 2017, including track cycling, the Russian Cycling Federation, using its positions in the International Union of Cyclists, would actively work on the idea of holding the Cycling World Championship in Turkmenistan in 2019 year. During this trip to Turkmenistan, we got acquainted with the road infrastructure and saw that it meets the requirements of the road racing competitions, said Viatcheslav Ekimov.
Source: Turkmenistan: the Golden Age Online Newspaper