2017 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games

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2017 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games
2017 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games logo.svg
Host cityAshgabat, Turkmenistan
MottoHealth, Inspiration, Friendship (Turkmen: Sagdynlyk, Ruhubelentlik, Dostluk)
Nations participating63
Athletes participating4012
Events348 in 21 sports
Opening ceremonySeptember 17
Closing ceremonySeptember 27
Officially opened byGurbanguly Berdimuhamedow[1]
President of Turkmenistan
Torch lighterPygy Baýramdurdyyew
Main venueOlympic Stadium
WebsiteOfficial website

The 2017 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games (Turkmen: Ýapyk binalarda we söweş sungaty boýunça V Aziýa oýunlary/Япык биналарда ве сөвеш сунгаты боюнча V Азия оюнлары), which is also counted as the 5th Asian Indoor Games, was held in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan in 2017.[2] It became the third city in the former Soviet countries to win the right of hosting an Olympic Council of Asia-sanctioned event, following Astana and Almaty in Kazakhstan, which jointly-hosted the 2011 Asian Winter Games. The host city was chosen in Kuwait on 19 December 2010.[3] On 6 July 2013 the flag of the Olympic Council of Asia was officially handed over to the mayor of the city of Ashgabat.[4]

Development and preparation[edit]


The Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games were 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 Berdimuhamedow.[5] On November 5, 2010, the Turkmen President took part in the official stone laying ceremony for the Olympic Village. Investment in the first phase amounted to nearly $2 billion.[6] The second phase of construction cost $3 billion.[7][8][9] 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 have all the necessary infrastructure including social, cultural and shopping centers, hotels, restaurants, cafes, shops, consumer services and car park. The campus are 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 Opening and closing 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

Test events[edit]

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


The Senior Asian Weightlifting Championships competition began 23 April and ended on 29 April at the Weightlifting Arena. Athletes competed for 144 medals which were 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]


The Martial Arts Arena hosted the Asian Kickboxing Championships between 26–30 April with athletes from up to 20 countries competing over the course of five days. The competition included 27 categories for men and 10 for women which were featured in the Ring and 28 categories for men and 16 for women on the Tatami. The event saw 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 consisted 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 competed across a number of individual and relay events on 26–27 April 2017.[10]


Opening ceremony[edit]

Opening Ceremony

The opening ceremony of the games took place on Sunday, 17 September 2017 at the newly built Olympic Stadium in Ashgabat. It was the third-largest Olympic-style ceremony ever held.[11]

Closing ceremony[edit]

The closing ceremony of the games took place on 27 September at the Olympic Stadium. There were live performances from international singers such Russian Nyusha, Lebanese Elissa, English John Newman and many other local musical performers.[12]

Participating National Olympic Committees[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 are attended by 17 Oceania National Olympic Committees.[13][14] Oceania countries will be under full participation, so they will be eligible for medals.

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


A total of 21 sports are represented for the Indoor and Martial Arts Games: seven Olympic sports (3-on-3 basketball, cycling, taekwondo, tennis, weightlifting and wrestling), four Olympic sports contested only in non-Olympic formats (athletics, equestrian, football, swimming) 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


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 1 Event finals CC Closing ceremony
September 2017 16th
Ceremonies OC CC
3x3 basketball pictogram.svg 3x3 basketball 2 2
Belt wrestling Alysh pictogram.svg Alysh 12 12 24
Belt wrestling pictogram.svg Belt wrestling 14 14 28
Kazakh kuresi pictogram.svg Kazakh kuresi 3 3
Pahlavani wrestling pictogram.svg Pahlavani wrestling 3 3
Bowling pictogram.svg Bowling 1 1 1 1 2 6
Chess pictogram.svg Chess 2 4 4 10
Cue sports pictogram.svg Cue sports 1 1 3 1 2 2 3 13
DanceSport pictogram.svg Dancesport 6 5 11
Equestrian pictogram.svg Equestrian 2 1 3
Futsal pictogram.svg Futsal 1 1 2
Indoor athletics pictogram.svg Indoor athletics 8 8 9 25
Jujitsu pictogram.svg Ju-jitsu 10 7 8 25
Kickboxing pictogram.svg Kickboxing 2 6 7 15
Kurash pictogram.svg Kurash 3 6 6 15
Muay Thai pictogram.svg Muaythai 14 14
Sambo pictogram.svg Sambo 9 7 7 23
Short course swimming pictogram.svg Short course swimming 8 7 8 7 30
Taekwondo pictogram.svg Taekwondo 3 4 4 3 4 18
Tennis pictogram.svg Tennis 1 3 1 5
Cycling (track) pictogram.svg Track cycling 1 1 1 3 3 9
Turkmen goresh pictogram.svg Turkmen goresh 13 13 26
Weightlifting pictogram.svg Weightlifting 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 16
Wrestling pictogram.svg Wrestling 6 8 8 22
Total gold medals 23 0 34 36 34 36 39 27 34 40 38 7 348
September 2017 16th
Electronic sports pictogram.svg Esports 2 2 4

Medal table[edit]

  *   Host nation (Turkmenistan)

1 Turkmenistan (TKM)*806785232
2 China (CHN)42322397
3 Iran (IRI)362359118
4 Kazakhstan (KAZ)28284096
5 Uzbekistan (UZB)243374131
6 Thailand (THA)21202970
7 South Korea (KOR)15111541
8 Vietnam (VIE)1381940
9 Kyrgyzstan (KGZ)12203769
10 Hong Kong (HKG)10111435
11 India (IND)9121940
12 Chinese Taipei (TPE)971228
13 Mongolia (MGL)5101530
14 United Arab Emirates (UAE)54817
15 Qatar (QAT)44311
16 Iraq (IRQ)43613
17 Tajikistan (TJK)3143451
18 Saudi Arabia (KSA)35210
19 Philippines (PHI)2141430
20 Japan (JPN)251017
21 Indonesia (INA)241420
22 Pakistan (PAK)231621
23 Bahrain (BRN)2013
24 Jordan (JOR)121417
25 Sri Lanka (SRI)1214
26 Afghanistan (AFG)111012
27 Fiji (FIJ)1102
28 Syria (SYR)1056
29 Malaysia (MAS)0101
 Marshall Islands (MHL)0101
31 Lebanon (LBN)0044
32 Australia (AUS)0022
33 Independent Olympic Athletes (IOA)0011
 Macau (MAC)0011
 Samoa (SAM)0011
 Singapore (SGP)0011
Totals (36 nations)3383465891273


What follows is a list of all the athletes that have tested positive for a banned substance during the Games. Any medals listed were revoked.

Name NOC Sport Banned substance Medals Ref
Dinara Hallyýewa  Turkmenistan Alysh Meldonium 1st place, gold medalist(s) (Women's classic style 65 kg)
2nd place, silver medalist(s) (Women's freestyle 65 kg)
Belt wrestling 1st place, gold medalist(s) (Women's freestyle 65 kg)
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) (Women's classic style 65 kg)
Turkmen goresh 2nd place, silver medalist(s) (Women's freestyle 63 kg)
Gülnar Haýytbaýewa  Turkmenistan Alysh Methylhexaneamine and 1,3-Dimethylbutylamine 1st place, gold medalist(s) (Women's freestyle 65 kg) [16]
Belt wrestling 1st place, gold medalist(s) (Women's classic style 65 kg)
2nd place, silver medalist(s) (Women's freestyle 65 kg)
Turkmen goresh 1st place, gold medalist(s) (Women's freestyle 63 kg)
1st place, gold medalist(s) (Women's classic style 63 kg)
Rejepaly Orazalyýew  Turkmenistan Belt wrestling Oxandrolone [17]
Turkmen goresh 1st place, gold medalist(s) (Men's freestyle +100 kg)
1st place, gold medalist(s) (Men's classic style +100 kg)
Muhammet Altybaýew  Turkmenistan Kickboxing Meldonium and Luteinizing hormone 1st place, gold medalist(s) (Men's low kick 63.5 kg) [18]
Zhamalbek Asylbek Uulu  Kyrgyzstan Sambo Meldonium 1st place, gold medalist(s) (Men's sport 82 kg) [19]
Ahmed Salah  Iraq Wrestling Methasterone [20]

Marketing, branding and design[edit]

"Wepaly" the Central Asian Shepherd Dog, the official mascot of the games.

Brand look[edit]

Brand look and all design related works of the Games made by Belli Creative Studio[21]


The emblem of the 2017 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games is the image of Akhal-teke, the national horse of Turkmenistan which is renowned for its speed, endurance and intelligence that represents Health. Surrounding the horse were the green Moon that represents Inspiration and the sun, the symbol of the Olympic Council of Asia, which represents friendship.


The 2017 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games Mascot is a Central Asian Shepherd Dog named Wepaly – meaning loyal friend in Turkmen. Locally known as Alabai, the Central Asian Shepherd Dog is renowned as a courageous animal in Turkmenistan for many centuries has helped Turkmen shepherds to safeguard flocks of cattle in heavy conditions in the sandy desert. Wepaly wears traditional ceremonial dress and a white telpek fur hat while waving the State Flag of Turkmenistan and the symbol of the Olympic Council of Asia.[22][23] The mascot was unveiled 200 days before the games and was originally coloured green, but Turkmenistan's president Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow ordered a last minute makeover possibly due to poor public reception.[24][25]


The medals of the 2017 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games were revealed on February 16, 2017 and were designed by Singaporean company Eng Leong Medallic Industries. The medals shaped like eight pointed Oguz Khan Stars, the national emblem of the host nation and featured elements like olive branches and the five traditional carpet motifs on its obverse and the games' emblem on its reverse. The olive branches symbolising peace, the country's neutrality status and its commitment to peaceful development of international relations, while the five traditional carpet motifs represent the provinces of the country and the traditionally warm Turkmen hospitality. A total of 2,000 medals were produced for the Games, weighing 721 kilograms all-together.[26]


Official Partners [27] Turkmenistan Airlines,[28] Petronas, Dragon Oil, China National Petroleum Corporation,[29] Atos,[30] Hos Zaman,[31] Turkmentelecom
Official Supporters[32] Coca-Cola, LG Electronics, MasterCard,[33] Hyundai Engineering & Construction,[34] Turkmen Ak Yol,[35] Turkmen State Bank for Foreign Economic Affairs, Deyhan Bank, Senagat Bank, Turkman Business Bank, The State Commercial Bank of Turkmenistan, Turkmenistan Bank, HalkBank, Huawei,[36] Kamil Market

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "OCA signs host agreement with Turkmenistan". 19 December 2010. Archived from the original on 24 September 2017. Retrieved 31 October 2015.
  3. ^ "В 2017 году Туркменистан примет V Азиатские игры в закрытых помещениях". 20 December 2010.
  4. ^ "Туркменистан встречает флаг Олимпийского Совета Азии и чествует победителей Азиады-2013". 7 July 2013.
  5. ^ "Ускоряя темпы развития спорта высших достижений". 14 September 2012.
  6. ^ "Президент Гурбангулы Бердымухамедов совершил рабочую поездку по Ашхабаду". 13 September 2012.
  7. ^ "Президент Туркмении ознакомился с новыми проектами застройки Ашхабада". 14 September 2012.
  8. ^ "Презентация строительства второй очереди Олимпийского городка". 26 May 2012.
  9. ^ "В Ашхабаде прошла презентация строительства второй очереди Олимпийского городка". 27 May 2012.
  10. ^ a b c d "Test events". Archived from the original on 12 April 2017. Retrieved 8 April 2017.
  11. ^ Opening Ceremony 5th Asian Indoor & Martial Arts Games | Ashgabat2017 YouTube (https://www.youtube.com). Retrieved on 2017-09-30.
  12. ^ Ashgabat 2017 Closing Ceremony a dazzling finale
  13. ^ "Memorandum on the participation of Oceania in the V Asian Games signed". 28 November 2014.
  14. ^ "Turkmenistan President claims Ashgabat 2017 will open "new page in history" of world sport". 8 April 2017.
  15. ^ "Decision Case Ms Dinara Hallyyeva" (PDF). United World Wrestling. Retrieved 26 November 2019.
  16. ^ "Decision Case Ms Gulnar Hayytvavyeva" (PDF). United World Wrestling. Retrieved 26 November 2019.
  17. ^ "Decision Rejepaly Orazalyyev (TKM)" (PDF). United World Wrestling. Retrieved 26 November 2019.
  18. ^ "Disqualified Athletes". WAKO. Retrieved 27 November 2019.
  19. ^ "ADRV Sanctions & ADRV Provisionally Suspended Athletes" (PDF). FIAS. Retrieved 27 November 2019.
  20. ^ "Decision Ahmed Salah Al-Jamie (IRQ)" (PDF). United World Wrestling. Retrieved 27 November 2019.
  21. ^ "«Ashgabat 2017» brand look". belli.studio. Retrieved 2019-08-22.
  22. ^ "Mascot".
  23. ^ "About the games". Hong Kong Delegation.
  24. ^ "Ashgabat 2017 unveil mascot with 200 days to go". Inside the Games. 1 March 2017.
  25. ^ "Turkmen Asian Games mascot gets makeover". BBC. 27 March 2017.
  26. ^ Max Winters (16 February 2017). "Ashgabat 2017 unveils medal design for Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games". Inside the Games.
  27. ^ "Official Partners - About us - Ashgabat 2017". www.ashgabat2017.com.
  28. ^ Ashgabat 2017 signs up Turkmenistan Airlines as official partner
  29. ^ Ashgabat 2017 strike deal with China National Petroleum Corporation
  30. ^ Ashgabat 2017 announce deal with Atos
  31. ^ Egg and poultry business latest Ashgabat 2017 sponsor
  32. ^ "Official Supporters - About us - Ashgabat 2017". www.ashgabat2017.com.
  33. ^ Ashgabat 2017 agree sponsorship deal with Mastercard
  34. ^ Hyundai Engineering named official supporter of Ashgabat 2017
  35. ^ Ashgabat 2017 sign deal with logistics company Turkmen Ak Yol
  36. ^ Ashgabat 2017 announce Huawei as official supporter

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games

II Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games (2017)
Succeeded by
Bangkok and Chonburi