Turkmenistan celebrates the World Health Day
Together with international community, Turkmenistan widely celebrated the World Health Day. Mass cycling race as well as numerous other sport activities involving the whole country and uniting thousands of people around the idea of healthy life style were timed to this date.
Traditional climbing of the Path of Health, various sport competitions, health improving and cultural events were organized on the spring day listed in the register of remarkable dates of national calendar.
President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov arrived to the place of the event. The celebration was opened by the performance of the arts masters of the country.
The President said that the World Health Day is celebrated widely all around the country and various sport competitions and many other events were timed to that day. It is based on the care of people and on the intent to improve the health of the nation.
Our main target is to protect and improve the health of the nation, to implement healthy life style to the society, Turkmen leader highlighted.
After, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov started mass cycling race, having taken the lead of the column. The Head of the State was followed by the rows of the government officials, students of the universities of the capital, representatives of labor collectives, organizations and departments that have their own teams provided with necessary gears.
Bicycle rides are one of the most popular forms of social events held in many countries to support various social, sport and ecological projects and ideas and it became traditional in Turkmenistan and unites the residents of the cities and rural areas, old and young generations. Participation of the Head of the State in such events highlights the status of not only the event itself but also all projects related to health protection of the nation and serves as vivid evidence that the formation of national system of physical, spiritual and moral improvement is the state political dominant.
Saying goodbye to the participants of the event, President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov congratulated again everybody on the World Health Day and wished strong health, family wealth and immense success in work and left the place of the event.
Physical training and sports are integral part of the life of the society. The participation of Turkmen sportsmen in the world sport movement is growing.
Modern sport complexes, stadiums, specialized sport schools, etc. were built in the capital and all regions of the country. National equestrian games become more and more popular; the equestrian complexes were built in all velayats and technical sports are developed.
Undoubtedly, large-scale event “Amul – Hazar 2018” initiated by the Head of the State gives special impulse to these processes. It has already attracted the attention of the world community.
Foreign participants of the rally would be able not only to know about the heritage of Turkmen nation but also to see new life that comes to these legendary places with fundamental social and economic changes, scientific and technical progress and industrial development of the regions of the country, which improves its role of important transportation hub on the Silk Road in modern age.
Bike rides, track and field races and other sport and celebration events were held not only in the capital but in all velayats as well.
Personal example of practicing various sports
Following the standing rule to find time in his busy schedule for sports, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov ascended the Path of Health.
The comprehensive concern about the people’s well-being, the steady improves of the living conditions, the physical and spiritual health of people, the upbringing of physically strong and broad-minded youth ranks among the important state tasks in Turkmenistan.
In the framework of the National Programme for the Support and Development of Physical Culture and Sports in Turkmenistan for 2011-2020, an unprecedented work has been done in the country to create the modern sports and recreation infrastructure. The magnificent sports complexes, stadiums, equestrian complexes, motordromes, and specialized sports schools were built in the capital and the regions of the country.
The children's health-improving centers constructed in the picturesque surroundings of the capital – the Gokdere settlement, as well as in the Avaza National Tourist Zone on the environmentally friendly Turkmen coast of the Caspian Sea - have excellent conditions for active leisure. There are sports halls and grounds equipped with the necessary inventory in all educational and preschool institutions - schools, universities.
In close cooperation with the International Olympic Committee and sports federations, various sports, including new ones for Turkmenistan such as motor racing, hockey, figure skating, water sports are developing in the country. In recent years, our athletes take an active part in the international competitions and win prizes. That is vividly proved by the triumphant performance of Turkmen athletes in the V Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games.
This year under the motto "Turkmenistan is the heart of the Great Silk Road" is marked for our country by the major event "Amul-Hazar 2018" that includes the track and field athletics cross-country, bike ride and international rally.
The decision of the Executive Council of the International Weightlifting Federation to hold the 2018 World Weightlifting Championship in Ashgabat testifies to the high international authority of Turkmenistan as a sports power.
The Path of Health, located at the foothills of the Kopetdag Mountains, symbolizes the state policy of Turkmenistan in the sphere of the popularization of healthy lifestyle. This footpath is one of the favorite places of leisure activities of Ashgabat citizens, the venue for large-scale sports events and cultural actions.
When ascending the Path of Health, the Turkmen leader walked many kilometers, as usual, and jogged along some sections of the route.
The beauty of the local landscape should harmoniously blend with the numerous trees and flowers planted along and around the Path of Health that maintains the environmental situation in the foothills of the mountains.
Upon completion of the training session, the Turkmen leader once again underlined the necessity to keep the issues related to the popularization and development of sports and physical culture under the rigorous control.