Flag hoisting ceremony of national teams
The Olympic village hosted flag hoisting ceremony of five countries, which delegations have been already arrived in Turkmen capital for participation in V Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games.
Celebration atmosphere was reigning again at the square with the flag posts this evening where the State Flag of Turkmenistan and the Flag of Asian Olympic Council were hoisted on the day before. Honoured guests were welcomed with music, artists performances and traditional snacks. Leaders of the Executive Committee of Ashgabat 2017 Games have greeted the participants.
After, the soldiers of the Guards of Honour companies have started the ceremony paying tribute to national symbols of participating countries. First, the Flag of Guam was hoisted under the sound of national anthem of this country. Its blue canvas with red fringe is decorated with the symbol of this island state in the Pacific Ocean; the sailboat in the harbour of Hagatna, the capital of Guam, coast with palm tree, river and red sign “GUAM” in the centre.
Guam National Olympic Committee has sent the team of the sportsmen to Ashgabat who would compete in seven sports disciplines: basketball, Bowling, track and field athletics, short water swimming, taekwondo, power lifting and wrestling. Guam will join competitions on September 18 with men taekwondo tournaments.
Nest was the flag of Lebanon hoisted under the sounds of national anthem song of this country. The flag is represented by two red stripes on top and bottom and white one in the middle and green cedar of Lebanon in the centre. The red colour symbolize the fight for the independence and white one the peace and purity.
After, the flags of the Federative Flags of Micronesia and Syria with red, white and black colours and green stars traditional for the flags of Arabic countries were hoisted is respective honours. The ceremony was accomplished by hoisting the Flag of Yemen. Black, white and red flag of this south-western Asian republic was raised under the sound of national anthem.
The captains of national teams received the presents, beautiful Turkmen carpets, from the hosts. Congratulations and words of encouragement, wishes of success and bright victories were addressed to the sportsmen.