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17th Asian Games INCHEON 2014 2014.9.19~10.4 D-DAY

Turkmenistan Delegation Visits IAGOC

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A high-level official delegation from Turkmenistan visited the 2014 Incheon Asian Games Organizing Committee (IAGOC), to benchmark the international sports event management of Incheon.  The City of Ashgabat, Turkmenistan will host the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games (AIMAG) in 2017.


A nine-member delegation, led by Mr. Azat Muradov, the Secretary General of Turkmenistan National Olympic Committee, visited IAGOC on a six-day schedule, through September 16, to observe and discuss Incheon’s know-how of managing and operating an international sports event.


As Korea’s successor host nation of the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games, Turkmenistan is preparing the 2017 Games in Ashgabat as a major national project.  However, as a relatively newly independent country and without an experience in hosting major international events, Turkmenistan has cooperated closely with IAGOC to benchmark its experiences.


Reflecting its interest and commitment to make the 2017 AIMAG a success, Turkmenistan has sent a delegation made of high-ranking officers, such as Mr. Muradov, a ministerial-level official.  Included in the delegation were Mr. Rovshen Nuryagdyev, Deputy Minister of Finance of Turkmenistan; Mr. Resul Charyyev, Director of the TV Channel Turkmenistan; Mr. Gurban Garadjayev, Deputy Mayor of Ashgabat City; Mr. Batyr Niyazlyyev, Head of Department on Sport Relations of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan; Mr. Dayanch Gulgeldiyev, Head of International Department of the State Committee of Turkmenistan for Sport; and Mr. Ylhamberdi Gayypov, Head of Health and Medicine Industry Department of Ministry of Health and Medicine Industry of Turkmenistan.


It was a busy schedule for the Turkmenistan delegation, as they attended meetings and dinners, and visited the sports stadiums and facilities all over Incheon, including the Munhak Park Tae-hwan Aquatics Center and Songnim Gymnasium.


Mr. Muradov said, “The Incheon Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games is our role model.  We have watched very closely how Incheon worked to make the successful Games, and we are here to learn their know-how.  We will strive our best to continue the success of the Games.”


Mr. Son Cheon-taek, the Second Deputy Secretary General of IAGOC, said, “Turkmenistan is very committed and passionate about learning the management of the AIMAG.  Such dedication means that they are already on their way to success.  We also request Turkmenistan’s continued support for the 17th Asian Games in Incheon next year.  We are ready to receive a big delegation and visitors from Turkmenistan.”


Turkmenistan is a rising power in Asian sports.  At the 4th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in Incheon this year, the country ranked 11th in the overall medal counts by earning two golds, four silvers, and one bronze.