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AIMS president and IFMA General Secretary Stephan Fox pays tribute to Ashgabat's hosting of AIMAG 2017.

Turkeminstan's hero wrestler and multiple gold-medal winner Seydi Batyrow on the joy of competing at AIMAG 2017.

Dayanch Gulgeldiyev, Chairman of the 5th AIMAG Executive Committee, discusses the overwhelming success of 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games, and the future of Ashgabat as an event-hosting destination.

Ashgabat, capital of the central Asian country of Turkmenistan, exploded onto the world sporting stage in style when its gleaming new Olympic Complex hosted the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games.

As Turkmenistan prepares to host the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in September we capture the growing excitement among organisers, volunteers and, of course, athletes.

National Olympic Committees from Central Asia met in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan at the weekend and agreed to revive a regional games in 2021

Saran Media, the Turkish media-rights agency, has extended its contract for the rights to tennis Grand Slam tournament Wimbledon for a further two years in a deal covering 13 territories

The International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) has reassigned hosting rights for its 2018 World Championships to Ashgabat in Turkmenistan, while the body’s Executive Board has also unanimously approved recommendations made by the Clean Sport and Sports Programme Commissions to eradicate doping in the sport.


Dayanch Gulgeldiyev, chairman of the Executive Committee for the preparation of the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games, tells SportBusiness International how the event will irrevocably change sport in Turkmenistan and across Asia

Stephen Newport, Director of Games Operations for Ashgabat 2017, is an industry veteran who has worked on major events worldwide and says he sees hosting AIMAG as a turning point.

The central Asian Republic of Turkmenistan has spared no expense in preparing to host the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games later this year.

Kevin Roberts travelled to Turkmenistan to look at how its Olympic Complex, and preparations for 2017’s Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games, are reflective of a country eagerly looking to eat at international sport’s top table.

TURKMENISTAN’S SPORTING OUTREACH GATHERS MOMENTUM Turkmenistan International Sports Media Forum welcomes international journalists once again as country presents its preparations for AIMAG 2017 3

Owen Evans traveled to Turkmenbashi, Turkmenistan, in July.

Owen Evans reports from the PWA (Professional Windsurfers' Association) World Cup at the Yelken Yacht Club in Awazain, Turkmenistan.

After decades of being hidden behind the Soviet curtain, Turkmenistan is preparing to go under the global spotlight. Kevin Roberts travelled to the country's capital, Ashgabat, to find out how they plan to use sport as a launch pad.