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Representatives of National Olympic Committees (NOCs) visit Ashgabat 2017 venues
31 January, 2017 (14:26)
Today, representatives of five NOCs have visited the Ashgabat Olympic Complex, which will host the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games. The representatives from Chinese Taipei, Kazakhstan, People's Republic of China, Saudi Arabia and Turkmenistan as the first visitors from participating NOCs were shown around the Ashgabat city sights and the newly-built facilities.
The Chairman of 5th AIMAG Executive Committee, Dayanch Gulgeldiyev said: “We are delighted to be able to show our hosts around our beautiful city and the world class facilities of the Ashgabat Olympic Complex. We believe that the complex will play a big role in delivering the best ever AIMAG and we look forward to welcoming representatives and spectators form all participating NOCs in September.”
The complex, which includes over 30 different sites, including 15 competition venues and the Athletes’ Village, is in the last phases of construction and will completed by March 2017 ahead of the Games.
In September, the Athletes’ Village, will host around 5,500 athletes, 1,750 team officials, 1,170 technical officials. With over 4,600 bedrooms the Athletes’ Village aims to become a ‘home away from home’ by providing the teams with a residential environment that is comfortable, secure and that allows athletes to focus on their preparation for competition.
Commenting on the Village Wang Lee Yuh Fang, Deputy Secretary General from NOC of Chinese Taipei said: “The Athletes’ Village feels like an athlete’s dream come true. It is evident that a lot of thought has been put into the design of both the apartments and the recreational facilities. The fact that the Village is within walking distance of the Ashgabat Olympic Complex is also a big advantage – being close to their venues is always extremely helpful for athletes!”
Other facilities also based on the complex will host 800 members of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) family, 350 members of the press and 600 broadcasters.
The impressive sports arena will see an intense 12 days of sporting competition across the 15 venues when the Ashgabat Olympic Complex makes its debut in occasion of the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games.
Bassam Al Oubari, Sport Mission Specialist from Saudi Arabia said: “I am very impressed by the level of readiness of the venues we toured today. It seems as if the entire Ashgabat Olympic Complex is ready and waiting for the Asian Indoor Martial Arts Games to begin. Our athletes will happy to know that they will competing in the very best venues in September.”
As excitements builds both nationally and internationally ahead of September Bakhytzhan Ordabayev, Kazakhstan NOC President Advisor said: “Throughout the day, we have heard presentations from many people from the Executive Committee. Everyone we have met seems to be working hard to ensure a high level of service in each of their areas – we are confident that Ashgabat 2017 is on track to deliver great Games.”