Ceremonial final of V Asian Games in Ashgabat
Official ceremony of the closing of V Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games took place in Turkmen capital with participation of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.
Conducting the events of such level and scale is a huge responsibility, however, Ashgabat deservingly managed it, having outstandingly accomplished the mission of peace-maker city, the centre of the dialog of cultures and nations. The whole country has been preparing thoroughly for this remarkable event in modern history and came out very good!
Turkmen team has broken through to the leaders of the competitions from the first days and never went down from the first position of tournament table, having consolidated firmly the first total count position. Turkmen sportsmen won 245 medals including 89 gold, 70 silver and 86 bronze ones!
National teams of Asia and the Oceania, who took the first 10 Places:
- People, s Republic of China
- Islamic Republic of China
- Republic of Korea
- Hong Kong, China
More than 1.5 thousand reporters and observers from 82 countries were highlighting V Asian Games in media, speaking not only of the results of sport competitions but od Turkmenistan as well and its beautiful capital, sharing the admiration and opening new outlook at our hospitable and generous country to the world.
We would do everything possible to conduct V Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in Ashgabat in 2017 on the highest level and put maximum efforts for the participants of this Games to feel hospitality and cordiality of our people on Turkmen land, - the Leader of the Nation said back then.
… Ceremonial march of national teams of Asian Games started on the field of the stadium. As is known, the competitions have brought together around 6 thousand representatives of 64 countries of Asia, Oceania and refugee team, which took part in the Asian Games for the first time. The adoption of the Declaration on Encouragement of Valuable Contribution of the Olympic Refugee Teams in Consolidation of Peace and Human Rights adopted at the recent session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva by the initiative of Turkmenistan is another success of Ashgabat 2017 Games.
The master of the ceremony announced about the arrival of President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and President of the Olympic Council of Asia Sheikh Ahmad Al Fahad Al Sabah.
The floor was given to the Leader of the OCA.
“Ashgabat 2017 Games have come to an end but we would never forget wonderful time spent here”, - Sheikh Ahmad Al Fatah Al Sabah has said. He spoke with sincere admiration of the beauty of Turkmen capital and its world-class sports facilities and hospitality of Turkmen people.
The Games had a great success and all of these is owing to foreseeing and attention of His Excellency the President of Turkmenistan, high-rank guest highlighted, having expressed the confidence that Ashgabat would be capable to organize even large competitions. -
We were the witnesses of wonderful Games and we would leave with the best memories, - the Sheikh has continued.
Sheikh Ahmad Al Fahad Al Sabah expressed Turkmen athletes who demonstrated high level of skills and won large number of gold medals. “You made your fans happy and rendered warm hospitality to the sportsmen from other countries”, - he said.
The Head of the OCA expressed special gratitude to the volunteers. “You have made a lot of people happy by your smiles. You have continued the traditions of hospitality inherited from your ancestors from the time of the Great Silk Road, which is already 200 years old”, - the President of the Olympic Council of Asia noted, having added that historical phenomenon of this Road as linking the countries and nations together might revive in modern Ashgabat.
Ashgabat 2017 Games will be remembered as wonderful journey across your country and capital, Sheikh Al Sabah said speaking to Turkmenistan citizens and Turkmen leader:
“Kindly accept my congratulations on the best Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games that was ever took place! Today, the Games have finished but our friendship and cooperation have not. Ashgabat, we will see you soon as we love you!”
On behalf of the Olympic Council of Asia, the Head of this organizations expressed deep gratitude to President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov, all Turkmen people and organizers of the Games.
After, the floor was given to the President of Turkmenistan.
Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov congratulated cordially all sportsmen and coaches on successful performance at the Games and wished them new success and bright sport victories.
The Head of the State announced Ashgabat 2017 Games closed.
The march of the Olympic Council of Asia was played under its sounds the Flag of the OCA was ceremonially lowered and taken away from the stadium.
Sad moment of extinguishing the Torch of the Games that was burning in the bowl above giant sculpture of the horse for all ten days. The seconds of time countdown unanimously carried on by the visitors stands flew fast.
Laser silhouettes of horses increasing their galloping appear from mysteriously glowing tangle inside the sphere. The shadows of the horses as if running after the clouds start rushing across the field of the stadium. It feels like the horses accelerate the planet making it spins…
The field turns into either chessboard or volleyball ground, tennis court, dance floor or ring, racing track or bowling line by light projection. The artists demonstrate the elements of different sports included to the programme of Ashgabat 2017 Games presenting them to the spectators not only as physical exercises for endurance, power and speed but also like real art. The art of transformation of human and human relations.
Cycling racers show has also impressed the spectators. Its directors devised and made an interesting effect that used the combination of rhythmic music, light, colour and rotating neon wheels with spokes. This bright and cheerful march became an original embodiment that cycling becomes more popular in our country.
After, video capture of the famous historical and cultural monuments of Turkmenistan, original national heritage was demonstrated on the screen.
This video about the achievements of Turkmenistan is replaced by the captures presenting the best and brightest moments of passed competitions.
500 girls with large cotton boll come out to the field. The artists make giant burst flower, according to the authors’ idea, the cotton turned into thick cumulus clouds that went up the sky. The wind started to blow and the sound of the first raindrops was heard.
This poetry scene conveyed eternal cycle of the nature when the land is brought to life filled with spring rain and sharing its generous gifts with people. The girls in the images of bright flowers perform lyrical dance symbolizing the prosperity of Turkmen land. The clouds have parted and large air balloon decorated with the pictures of the talisman of Ashgabat 2017 Games rises to the sky. There are people in the basket who watch how native land is changing.
In the next, the marine part of the performance, blue light fills the stadium and melody of waves sounds. The girl rides one of the waves and her tender song is accompanied by caressing surf running onto sandy beach. This is Awaza – our resort pearl…
After, the arena is turned into Turkmen carpet with typical rich and expressive ornaments. The screen in the center is lowered down again and displays the image of Vepaly the alabay – the symbol of Ashgabat Games.
It is time to say goodbye to friendly character that all this time inspired the sportsmen for the victory and pleased the spectators, always met the guests with the smile making joyful and happy atmosphere. He waves the flags on the background of national symbols of the countries participating in the Games flying behind his back as if saying :”Goodbye! Happy journey! See you, my Friends!”
Official part of the closing ceremony of Ashgabat 2017 Games finishes on this moment. The celebration is continued by large concert of local and foreign pop celebrities at the Olympic stadium.
At the end of the concert, the participants of events sang the anthem of Ashgabat 2017 Games.
The bursts of fireworks sounded right after music final above the Olympic stadium in Ashgabat. Light show lasted for seven minutes turning evening sky into cascade of flaming fountains of multi-coloured fire.