The backstory: 2017 V. Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in Ashgabat
On December 19, 2010 in the capital of Kuwait - Kuwait City, the Olympic Council of Asia, the National Olympic Committee of Turkmenistan and the administration of Ashgabat city signed an agreement "On conducting the V Asian indoor and martial arts games in the capital of Turkmenistan city of Ashgabat in year 2017".
On November 5, 2010 in the turkmen capital the foundation for the Olympic Village was laid - the arenas where the V Asian Games in year 2017 will be held. The largest in the region Olympic Village will be located on an area of 157 hectares.
This complex includes over 30 different facilities, including social-living, transportation and other infrastructures. Total cost of the facilities is 5 billion dollars.
Construction of the village is carried out in three stages. In 2014 the first stage of construction was completed and in December 2015 - the second.
In January 2013, President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov signed a decree on the establishment of the Organizing Committee of the 2017 V Asian indoor and martial arts games.
Photo: President of Turkmenistan, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, President of OCA, Sheikh Ahmad Al Fahad Al-Sabah