Ashgabat 2017 Opening Ceremony gets off to a start
The official opening ceremony of the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games is well underway in the Turkmen capital. It is attended by President og Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdymuhamedov, President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev, President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev and heads of state and government of some countries, foreign leading figures and other honorary guests.
The Games will be held under a motto “Health. Inspiration. Friendship.” For the first time in history these competitions, besides delegations of the Asian continent, sportsmen from 19 states of Oceania will also take part in them. In total 65 teams will compete in 21 sports.
The Ashgabat 2017 Mascot is called Wepaly – meaning loyal friend in Turkmen. He is an alabai, a traditional Turkmen dog which is renowned as a beautiful and courageous animal, that for many centuries has helped Turkmen shepherds to safeguard flocks of cattle in heavy conditions of sandy desert.
The V Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games will be held from 17 to 27 of September in 2017.
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