Turkmenistan enhances authority in international sport arena

These days, our country prepares to host 2020 World Sambo Championship and 2021 World Track Cycling Championship. Preparation to these largescale competitions is carried out in accordance with the documents signed by the Head of the State on June 18.

Thus, according to the Resolution of the President of Turkmenistan, the Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs are assigned to hold the World Sambo Championship together with the World Sambo Federation in the Martial Art Sport Complex of Ashgabat in November 2020.

Organization Committee has been established according to the document and its composition has been approved. In addition, the Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs was assigned to develop and approve the Provision on the World Sambo Championship together with the World Sambo Federation.

Also, the President of Turkmenistan signed the Resolution, according to which Organization Committee for the World Track Cycling Championship has been established and its composition has been approved, for provision of high organizational level of the World Track Cycling Championship in 2021.

Development of physical training and sport is one of the priority vectors of the state policy. Healthy life style has become a national idea, strong consolidating factor, which unites people and supports steadfast progress of the country, in the result of integrated measures.

Largescale competitions organized in the country are very important in the aspect of improvement of its prestige in the world sport arena. The authority of the state and its place in the system of international relations provide number of factors. Turkmenistan, which incorporated the principles of peacemaking and neutrality in its foreign course, considers humanitarian cooperation, including in sport sphere, as one of the efficient diplomatic instruments.

Our country demonstrates significant achievements in the sport sphere. For example, V Asian Indoor and Martial Art Games has resulted in significant triumph. Representatives of National team won 89 gold, 70 silver and 89 bronze, all together 245, medals.

It is worth to mention that the Declaration of International Sport Congress Asian Games 2017: International Sport Cooperation for Peace and Progress was adopted as a document of the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly. The Declaration on Encouragement of Valuable Input of Refugee Olympic Teams in Strengthening of Peace and Human Rights has been adopted by the initiative of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov at the 36th session of the UN Council for Human Rights in Geneva, Switzerland.

This historical event indicates the recognition of the growth of international authority of neutral Turkmenistan, its successful measures in the world sport arena. According to common opinion of journalists, sportsmen, heads of delegations and numerous honoured guests, Ashgabat deserves to host not just Asian but the Olympic Games. It has all conditions including super modern sport infrastructure for this.

It is a colossal responsibility to host the events of such level and scale and Turkmen capital has deservingly managed this, having completed the mission of peacemaking city, centre of dialogues of cultures and nations.

Big event 2018 Amul Hazar, which included field and track, cycling and international motor race, has been held in the country in September 2018. It is symbolically that the route of the motor race run along the legendary ancient Great Silk Road, which is restored in new merit nowadays.

Organization of the rally raid indicates deserving role of our state in development of the world motor sport. Despite the fact that it has not been long since the new level of development of this sport in the country, big work was made in this direction.

Back in November 2018, Turkmen capital has again hosted the World Weightlifting Championship. It is worth mentioning that its organization was forestalled by serious organizational work and integrated preparation. All necessary conditions have been made for athletes and those who were involved in these prestige competitions, guests and fans in the Olympic village of the capital.

500 volunteers from high educational institutes of Turkmenistan have been prepared for this event. All measures have been taken for deserving coverage of the championship, official website has been launched. In addition, the information about the tournament was broadcasted on EURONEWS TV channel and 145 national channels.

Successful World Weightlifting Championship in Ashgabat was special as it was the first after the reformation of the weight categories by the World Weightlifting Federation and the first step to win the right to participate in coming Olympic Games in Tokyo.

The opening ceremony of the championship was held in the Game Sports Complex of the Olympic village of the capital.

Nowadays, this biggest in central Asia sport facility serves for big sport competitions as well as for training of athletes and all who want to improve their health. It is worth mentioning that National Turkmenistan team, which will take part in the Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo, trains in this place.

It is worth reminding that this unique sport complex includes 40 facilities and has high technological infrastructure and comfort conditions. At the same time, it is distinguished by expressive aesthetic look with an outstanding sculpture of ahalteke horse, which was entered to the Guinness Record Book, above the main arena.

Another certificate of the Guinness Record Book was awarded to the Centre of Water Sports for the biggest in the world indoor swimming pool built by modern technologies from ecofriendly materials and meeting the requirements of international standards.

Due to support of the Head of the State, the cycling receive powerful stimulus for development in our country. The President of Turkmenistan founded such good traditions as regular cycling races, Days without Motor transport, which urges the society to realization of the responsibility for environment protection and each of us to enhancement of ecological culture.

Turkmenistan increases and intensifies the cooperation with International Olympic Committee, the Olympic Council of Asia, the UN International Sport Bureau for Peace and Sustainable Development, the UNESCO Intergovernmental Committee for Sport and Physical Training. The World Health Organization as well as with other competent associations.

The cycling has long history in Turkmenistan the first cycling society was founded in Ashgabat back in 1894 and after one year, the competitions were organized. It put the beginning for the cultivation of this sport in or country. today, these traditions with more than centuryold history received new content.

The highways running along the Kopetdag Mountains receive numerous national cycling competitions for many years and are the place of international training gathering of the leading sportsmen. It is supported not only by wonderful climate of Turkmenistan, which allows having outdoor training almost all year around, but also by impeccable quality of the roads in the country.

It is worth to make special mention of the Resolution on declaring of June 3 as the World Bicycle Day adopted at the 82nd session of the 72nd UN General Assembly by the initiative of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov on April 12, 2018. The document, which was coauthored by 56 countries, is a visual evidence of general recognition of the input of Turkmenistan to the strengthening of peace, friendship and efficient cooperation.

190 national federations, continental cycling confederation as well as numerous supporters from all parts of the world have joined the celebration of the World Bicycle Day. They are united by the idea of Turkmen leader to develop bicycle culture in order for citizens of all ages would be able to take part in this movement for the health benefit.

By the way, the opening of indoor cycling track in the Olympic village of Ashgabat has started the new page in the history of national cycling sport as the constructions of such kind was built for the first time in Turkmenistan. The quality of the facility has already been appreciated by the participants of national competitions and specialists of International Cycling Union (UCI), who made decision on award of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov with the Certificate of Recognition and delegation of the right to host the World Track Cycling Championship to Ashgabat in 2021.

Multifunctional sport infrastructure, which is under formation in our country and meets the world standards by all parameters, serves as a good base for opening of special Olympic school for training of cyclists of international level in Turkmenistan.

The Head of the State understands the sport not only as records and medals but also as strong consolidating power, which is intertwined with culture, economy and diplomacy. Coming big competitions, the World Sambo and Track Cycling Championships will strengthen the place of Turkmenistan among the sport countries and will give strong impulse to the development of sports of highest achievements in our country.

Source: Turkmenistan State News AgencyTDH