Ashgabat Turkmenistan Events
The Asian Indoor Martial Arts Games were announced as the most important event in Turkmenistan's history. The 1,139-mile gas pipeline from Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan to China's Xinjiang province has been inaugurated and declared open. The presidents of Iran, Kazakhstan and Turkmanistan attended the opening of the railway line linking Central Asia with the Persian Gulf. A group of more than 2,000 people, mostly from China, Russia and Iran, gathered for the first time since a new pipeline was built in 2010 at the Saman - Depe gas field in Turkmensistan.
It was the opening of the Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, which was divided into two sections, with a longer segment celebrating local history and culture. The other section celebrated modern Turkmanistan and consisted of Ber Dumhamhamed, who observed the construction of the Turkmensistan - Kazakhstan - Iran railway line, the first of its kind in Central Asia.
The earthquake continued in Ashgabat, which could be rebuilt later after the Mongolian hordes had crossed the region in the 13th century, but could not continue after the reconstruction. The ancient cities of the past, reminiscent of the Silk Road, and the Karakum Desert, which was announced as the birthplace of Turkmen culture, were included. Konjikala grew from a small wine village - which became a traffic hub of the Silk Road in the 2nd century.
The last significant resistance on Turkmen territory was defeated in 1881 in the Battle of Geok Tepe and after the Russians ceded the territory to the Russian Empire, they began to develop the area. Ashgabat arose and grew again, but the last of the large cities in the Karakum desert, Konjikala, arose. In 1884 Turkmanistan was incorporated into the Russian Empire together with the adjacent Uzbek territory. Over the next half-century, it remained on the course of the great world events, playing a certain economic role and an important player in international politics.
The proposal for a nuclear-free zone was originally presented in 1997 by Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan, but progress has been blocked by the division of internal and external texts. The Nuclear Weapons Free Zone Treaty was signed on 9 September, but it did not take away Russia's right to transport and deploy nuclear weapons there under certain circumstances.
Turkmenistan has somehow negotiated to host a $5 billion (£3.8 billion) village it is building for official Olympic events. The ceremony will take place in the packed 45,000-seat stadium, which has been specially renovated for the Games and includes the largest athletics stadium in the world as well as an indoor swimming pool.
Ashgabat will also host the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympic Games in athletics, gymnastics, judo, swimming and other sports, which will attract more than 1.5 million athletes from around the world who will compete in 21 sports. There are plans for a second Olympic Village, Turkmenistan's Olympic and Paralympic Complex, which will host a number of events, including men's and women's basketball, volleyball, tennis and wrestling competitions, and will also be located within the Olympic Complex.
The vision of the Games will serve as a catalyst for the city of Ashgabat and the country as a whole to host major sporting events of the future at international level. The Games will underscore the importance of Turkmenistan by showcasing the tradition of modern artifacts and buildings, brands on a journey along the Silk Road, and a mascot that is distinctive and unique to Turkmanistan.
At the southern end of Independence Park is the gold-domed Palace of Knowledge, home to the Turkmenbashi Museum, which houses all the gifts ever given to the eccentric president. The Ruhyyet Palace is located in the middle of the square, where all official state events take place.
Walking through the park you will find a statue of Saparmurat Niyazov, better known as Turkmenbashi, and a hand-woven carpet woven into it to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of the Turkmen in the early 20th century. On 30 March, Alexander Lukashenko and Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov attended a ceremony in Independence Park in support of their country's independence. It is symbolic that on 30 April, Russian President Vladimir Putin and his wife, President Ilham Aliyev, as well as the heads of state of Kazakhstan, Belarus, Armenia and Belarus will also be taking part.
A group of Turkmen volunteers has been sent to Baku, Azerbaijan, to participate in the first European Games of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) of the European Union (EU), where they will participate in the 3x3 basketball test event from 5 to 6 November 2016. The Asian Indoor Martial Arts Games, which originally comprised 19 sports, were expanded to include a competition schedule.
In March, Russia announced it would send 800 test kits for 80,000 tests to nearly a dozen countries in the region, including Turkmenistan, for the first time in its history. The report follows reports that 32 men and transgender women in eight countries have undergone tests that ban same-sex behaviour.