Ashgabat, April 24, 2017: Music and dancing inspired the spectators at the opening ceremony of the Senior Asian Weightlifting Championships at the Weightlifting Arena, Ashgabat 2017 Olympic Complex on Sunday.
Toyli Komekov, Chairman of the State Sports Committee, officially opened the tournament in the Weightlifting Arena, located in the heart of the state-of-the-art Ashgabat Olympic Complex.
The President of the Asian Weightlifting Federation, Mohammed Yousef Al Mana, thanked Turkmenistan for hosting the Championships: “We are happy to be here in the great city of Ashgabat.
Weightlifting Arena, From the first time we arrived here, we saw that the Turkmen Olympic Committee and the Turkmen Weightlifting Federation were able to take the Asian Weightlifting Championships to a next level. It never happened on a scale like this before.”
The president of the international weightlifting federation, Dr. Tamas Ajan, also showed his gratitude to Turkmenistan: “It’s a wonderful country, we are very happy to be here. We are talking about inspiring Ashgabat. This type of competition is very inspiring.”
Following the speeches, Turkmen musicians and dancers gave the public a taste of the Ashgabat 2017 5th Asian Indoor & Martial Arts Games, depicting all 21 sports on the programme of the Games in September.
The Inspiring Ashgabat Test Event Series also includes the Asian Kickboxing Confederation Championships and the Central Asian Short Course Swimming Championships, and is taking place between 23 and 30 April.
Entry to the Inspiring Ashgabat Test Event Series is free of charge, however, tickets are required for entry. Fans who want to be a part of history while helping organizers assess the readiness of Venues, can collect their tickets from the Ashgabat 2017 Ticket Box Offices at Berkarar, 15 Years of Independence Shopping Centre and Ashgabat Park from 7 April.
Ashgabat 2017 is the fifth edition of the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games, which will take place in Turkmenistan from 17 to 27 September 2017.
There will 21 sports at Ashgabat 2017 across 15 venues over 12 days of competition. The 21 sports are Basketball 3×3, Belt Wrestling, Billiard Sports, Bowling, Chess, Cycling Track, Dance Sports, Equestrian (Jumping), Futsal, Indoor Athletics, Ju-Jitsu, Kickboxing, Kurash, Muay, Taekwondo, Tennis, Traditional Wrestling, Sambo, Short Course Swimming, Weightlifting, Wrestling.
Ashgabat was awarded the Games by the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) in 2010. The 5th AIMAG Executive Committee will organise and run the Games in cooperation with the OCA. —- Laurel News Services