2017 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games

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V Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games
2017 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games logo.svg
Host city Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
Motto Health, Inspiration, Friendship
Nations participating 62
Events 21
Opening ceremony September 17
Closing ceremony September 27
Officially opened by Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow
President of Turkmenistan
Main venue Olympic Stadium
Website Official website
2013 2021  >

The 2017 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games, which is also counted as the 5th Asian Indoor Games will be held in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan in 2017.[1] Ashgabat, first in the former Soviet Central Asian region, won the right to host the Asian Indoor Games. The host city was chosen in Kuwait on 19 December 2010.[2] On 6 July 2013 the flag of the Olympic Council of Asia was officially handed over to the mayor of the city of Ashgabat.[3]

Development and preparation[edit]

Venues[edit]

The Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games will be held at the Ashgabat Olympic Complex, which is a unique facility which has no parallel in the Central Asian region. The Complex boasts of over 30 structures, which also includes 15 competition venues, an Athletes' Village and a Paralympic Rehabilitation Medical Center. The construction was launched by the President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.[4] On November 5, 2010, the Turkmenistan President took part in the official stone laying ceremony for the Olympic Village. Investment in the first phase amounted to nearly $2 billion.[5] The second phase of construction cost $3 billion.[6][7][8] The total cost of the Olympic Village was $5 billion and the construction was carried by Turkish construction company Polimeks.

For the convenience of athletes and spectators, the Olympic village will have all necessary infrastructure including social, cultural and shopping centers, hotels, restaurants, cafes, shops, consumer services and car park. The campus will be laid with new pedestrian crossings and a monorail.

Several national higher educational institutions are located right next to the Olympic village. The Turkmen State Institute of Economics and Management, Institute of Culture, the State Border Service Academy of Turkmenistan and the National Institute of Sports and Tourism all have their campuses nearby. These universities will make use of the brand new sports facilities, built for the Games, in the future.

Venue Sports Capacity
Olympic Stadium Ceremonies 45,000
Bowling Centre Bowling 500
Chess Arena Chess 500
Billiard Arena Cue sports 1,000
Velodrome Cycling 6,000
Taekwondo and Dancesport Arena Dancesport, Taekwondo 1,000
Equestrian Centre Equestrian 645
Ice Palace Futsal 10,300
Indoor Athletics Arena Indoor athletics 5,000
Tennis Centre Indoor tennis 4,000
Muay and Ju-jitsu Arena Ju-jitsu, Muaythai 861
Martial Arts Arena Kickboxing, Kurash, Sambo 5,000
Aquatics Centre Short course swimming 5,000
Weightlifting Arena Weightlifting 861
Main Indoor Arena Wrestling, Belt wrestling, Traditional wrestling 15,000

Medals[edit]

The medal design was revealed on February 16, 2017. The unique design was created by Eng Leong Medallic Industries. The gold, silver and bronze medals have been described as a lasting legacy of the event’s hospitality received in true Turkmen style. A total of 2,000 medals will be produced for the Games, weighing 721 kilograms all-together.[9]

Test events[edit]

The Senior Asian Weightlifting Championship, the WAKO Asian Kickboxing Championships, and the Central Asian Short Course Swimming Championships will all be taking place concurrently as part of the Inspiring Ashgabat Test Event Series.[10]

Weightlifting

The Senior Asian Weightlifting Championships competition starts on 23 April and runs through to 29 April at the Weightlifting Arena. Athletes will compete for 144 medals which will be awarded for snatch, clean & jerk and total in each bodyweight category. Asia has a strong pedigree in weightlifting with 31 of the 45 medals at the Rio 2016 Olympics being awarded to Asian countries.[10]

Kickboxing

The Martial Arts Arena will host the Asian Kickboxing Championships between 26–30 April with athletes from up to 20 countries expected to compete over the course of the five days. The competition includes 27 categories for men and 10 for women which will feature in the Ring and 28 categories for men and 16 for women on the Tatami. The event will see up to 354 medals awarded.[10]

Short course swimming

In addition to these international competitions the Aquatics Federation of Turkmenistan have organised the first ever Central Asian Short Course Swimming Tournament which will consist of an invitational short course (25) competition in the new Indoor Aquatics Centre. Athletes from neighbouring countries Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Iran and Afghanistan will be competing across a number of individual and relay events on 26–27 April 2017.[10]

The Games[edit]

Opening ceremony[edit]

The opening ceremony of the games will take place on 17 September at the Olympic Stadium. The show will include a performance by the South Korean girl group 2NE1, Australian opera singer Monica Oriel, Japanese jazz band JABBERLOOP, British electrópop band Years & Years, famous Spanish tap dancer Francisco Negrin, Filipina soprano Gerphil Flores Uzbek singer Janob Rasul and Turkmen pop stars such as Maral Ibragimova, Hamra Hasanov.

Closing ceremony[edit]

The closing ceremony of the games will take place on 27 September at the Olympic Stadium.

Participating nations[edit]

All 45 member countries of the Olympic Council of Asia were invited to compete at these Games. For the first time in the Asian Games will be attended by 19 Oceania National Olympic Committees.[11][12] Oceania countries will be under full participation, so they will be eligible for medals.

The Kuwait Olympic Committee was suspended in October 2015, due to political interference. Therefore, the athletes from the country is scheduled to compete under the Olympic flag as Independent Olympic Athletes.[13][14]

Participating National Olympic Committees
Olympic Council of Asia members
Oceania National Olympic Committees members

Sports[edit]

A total of 21 sports will be represented: five Olympic sports (cycling, equestrian, taekwondo, weightlifting and wrestling), five Olympic sports contested only in non-Olympic formats (basketball, athletics, football, swimming and tennis) and eleven non-Olympic sports (bowling, chess, cue sports, dancesport, ju-jitsu, kickboxing, kurash, muaythai, sambo, belt wrestling and traditional wrestling)

Numbers in parentheses indicate the number of medal events contested in each sports discipline.

Demonstration sports[edit]

Calendar[edit]

In the following calendar for the 2017 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games, each blue box represents an event competition, such as a qualification round, on that day. The yellow boxes represent days during which medal-awarding finals for a sport were held, which numeric representing the number of finals that were contested on that day. On the left the calendar lists each sport with events held during the Games, and at the right how many gold medals were won in that sport. There is a key at the top of the calendar to aid the reader.

OC Opening ceremony Event competitions Demonstration events 1 Event finals CC Closing ceremony
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3-on-3 basketball pictogram.svg 3-on-3 basketball 2
Indoor athletics pictogram.svg Indoor athletics 26
Bowling pictogram.svg Bowling 6
Chess pictogram.svg Chess 10
Cycling (track) pictogram.svg Track cycling 10
Cue sports pictogram.svg Cue sports 13
Dancesport pictogram.svg Dancesport 11
Equestrian pictogram.svg Equestrian 2
Futsal pictogram.svg Futsal 2
Judo pictogram.svg Ju-jitsu 17
Kickboxing pictogram.svg Kickboxing 15
Judo pictogram.svg Kurash 15
Muay pictogram.svg Muaythai 14
Sambo pictogram.svg Sambo 23
Short course swimming pictogram.svg Short course swimming 30
Taekwondo pictogram.svg Taekwondo 18
Indoor tennis pictogram.svg Indoor tennis 5
Weightlifting pictogram.svg Weightlifting 16
Wrestling pictogram.svg Wrestling 18
Belt wrestling pictogram.svg Belt wrestling 58
Wrestling pictogram.svg Traditional wrestling 26
Total events 337
Cumulative total
Ceremonies OC CC
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Electronic sports pictogram.svg Electronic sports
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Marketing[edit]

Emblem[edit]

Theme Song[edit]

Newzealander Singer Lizzie Marvelly, Korean singer Kim Ryeowook, Turken singer Mähri Pirgulyýewa, filpino-american rapper apl.de.ap, Indian singer Sonu Nigam and Lebanese singer Haifa Wehbe as song One of Party.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "OCA signs host agreement with Turkmenistan". 19 December 2010. 
  2. ^ "В 2017 году Туркменистан примет V Азиатские игры в закрытых помещениях". 20 December 2010. 
  3. ^ "Туркменистан встречает флаг Олимпийского Совета Азии и чествует победителей Азиады-2013". 7 July 2013. 
  4. ^ "Ускоряя темпы развития спорта высших достижений". 14 September 2012. 
  5. ^ "Президент Гурбангулы Бердымухамедов совершил рабочую поездку по Ашхабаду". 13 September 2012. 
  6. ^ "Президент Туркмении ознакомился с новыми проектами застройки Ашхабада". 14 September 2012. 
  7. ^ "Презентация строительства второй очереди Олимпийского городка". 26 May 2012. 
  8. ^ "В Ашхабаде прошла презентация строительства второй очереди Олимпийского городка". 27 May 2012. 
  9. ^ Winters, Max (16 February 2017). "Ashgabat 2017 unveils medal design for Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games". Insidethegames.biz. Retrieved 16 April 2017. 
  10. ^ a b c d "Test events". Retrieved 8 April 2017. 
  11. ^ "Memorandum on the participation of Oceania in the V Asian Games signed". 28 November 2014. 
  12. ^ "Turkmenistan President claims Ashgabat 2017 will open "new page in history" of world sport". 8 April 2017. 
  13. ^ "Suspension of the Kuwait Olympic Committee". www.olympic.org. International Olympic Committee. 27 October 2015. Retrieved 8 April 2017. 
  14. ^ "IOC bans Kuwait over government interference in Olympic movement". The Guardian. London, United Kingdom. 27 October 2015. Retrieved 8 April 2017. 

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