Ashgabat celebrates One Year to Go to the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games with a music and sport show
17 September, 2016 (22:00)
Source: State News Agency of Turkmenistan
Today, multifunctional “Ashgabat” stadium hosted events dedicated to one year left until the start of 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games as well as to opening of new International Airport of the capital.
The stands of modern sport facilities, accommodating 20 thousand spectators, are full. There are Deputies of Cabinet of Ministers of Turkmenistan, leaders of Mejlis, military and law enforcement agencies, ministries and branch departments, heads of diplomatic representative offices and missions accredited in Turkmenistan, ambassadors of Turkmenistan abroad, representatives of non-governmental organisations, mass media and student youth among the participants. Foreign delegates of media forum dedicated to the First Global Conference for Sustainable Transport System are among the honoured guests.
The arrival of President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov was met by a storm of applause.
Boys and girls imitated the emblem of 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in the centre of sport arena. As is known, besides Asian countries, the Oceania countries (Australia, New Zealand, various island countries of Polynesia and Micronesia) contesting for medals in 21 sports, will participate in the coming Games. Works for construction of the Olympic complex, for which large territory in the south part of Turkmen capital is allocated, undergo with high speed. Around 5 billion US$ were drawn for realization of this project.
Single propeller planes, demonstrating aerial acrobatics, appeared in the sky above the stadium. Parachute jumpers made free fall with flying flags of Turkmenistan and Olympic Council of Asia from one of them.
Riders on Ahalteke horses, symbolizing confident advancement of Turkmen State on the way of Independence, started ceremonial march. The squadron of splendid horses in elegant harnesses embodies the cavalry of glory of all these years went under the flag of the Independence and added historical manuscript of the nation with numerous great achievements and successes.
National hero Oguzkhan, whose image steps forward as a symbol of succession of traditions and spiritual testaments of ancestors, headed the procession. The horses circled under the sound of ceremonial music and after lined up in front of the central stand.
As a news, flown through the centuries, the message of Oguzkhan to descendants, who made true the dream of united, independent and prosperous state, sounded. Horse riding skills of the horsemen left unforgettable impressions of our compatriots and guests.
In May of this year, the Leader of the Nation gave start to 500-days horse ride at the walls of the ancient fortress of the State historical and cultural sanctuary “Nissa”, which having travelled the whole country will finish on the opening day of the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in September 2017.
Bright performance with participation of circus art masters enveloped at the sport arena. The programme was continued by leading soloists, masters of Turkmen musical scene and young talented artists, members of folk and ethnographic ensembles, young talents.
Holiday firework, saluting coming Asian games and the whole country, completed the events.