5th AIMAG Ashgabat 2017:

Turkmenistan, China, Iran, Kazakhstan
and Uzbekistan 5 position holders

Turkmenistan, China, Iran, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan grabbed/understood first five positions on medal table in 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games by bagging total 245, 97, 118,96 and 131 medals (match up each pair of items in order). However, Pakistani sports contingent could win total 21 medals and successfull, placed Pakistan on 22nd number on the medal table out of 36 countries. 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games were held in Ashgabat from September 17-27, 2017 and over the 12-days of competition, 4500 athletes from 65 delegations competed in 347 medal events across 21 sports. From the amazing six gold medals won in Belt and Traditional Wresding by Turkmenistan’s own Seydi Batyrow,to the world record-setting performance in the men’s -94 kg Weightlifting class by Iran’s Sohrab Moradi, to the dozens upon dozens of magical moments in between, the highlight-reel package reminded us once again why sport is such a wonderful force in the world. The opening (formal, special event or series of actions) was fantastically amazing which will live long in the memory of viewers. The large boiling pot – that sits on top of the Ashgabat Olympic Stadium, carried by the greatly respected symbol of Turkmenistan, the Akhal-teke horse which remained burning brightly till the end of Games. It was lit in the most dramatic way,when an Akhal Teke horse, trained specifically for this one purpose, climbed a tower at center stage and its rider (started a fire/caught on fire) a fire-related sequence that reached the large boiling pot, causing the Ashgabat 2017 flame to leap high into the night sky above the Stadium. The Chairman of the 5th AIMAG Executive Committee, Dayanch Gulgeldiyev,called the Opening (formal, special event or series of actions) an important event in country’s history.

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Author is the President, Center of Pakistan and International Relations (COPAIR) and Editor-in-Chief of ‘Mélange int’l Magazine’ and ‘ The Asian Telegraph’.