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. 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. On 6 July 2013 the flag of the Olympic Council of Asia was officially handed over to the mayor of the city of Ashgabat.
|Host city||Ashgabat, Turkmenistan|
|Motto||Health, Inspiration, Friendship (Turkmen: Sagdynlyk, Ruhubelentlik, Dostluk)|
|Events||348 in 21 sports|
|Opened by||Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow|
President of Turkmenistan
|Torch lighter||Pygy Baýramdurdyyew|
|Main venue||Olympic Stadium|
Development and preparationEdit
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. 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. The second phase of construction cost $3 billion. 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, the 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 use the brand-new sports facilities built for the Games in the future.
|Olympic Stadium||Opening and closing ceremonies||45,000|
|Billiard Arena||Cue sports||1,000|
|Taekwondo and Dancesport Arena||Dancesport, Taekwondo||1,000|
|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|
|Main Indoor Arena||Wrestling, Belt wrestling, Traditional wrestling||15,000|
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
The opening ceremony of the games took place on Sunday, 17 September 2017 at the newly built Olympic Stadium in Ashgabat.
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.
Participating National Olympic CommitteesEdit
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. Oceania countries will be under full participation, so they will be eligible for medals.
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.
- 3x3 basketball (2) ( )
- Belt wrestling
- Alysh (24) ( )
- Belt wrestling (28) ( )
- Kazakh kuresi (3) ( )
- Pahlavani wrestling (3) ( )
- Bowling (6) ( )
- Chess (10) ( )
- Cue sports (13) ( )
- Dancesport (11) ( )
- Equestrian (3) ( )
- Futsal (2) ( )
- Indoor athletics (25) ( )
- Ju-jitsu (25) ( )
- Kickboxing (15) ( )
- Kurash (15) ( )
- Muaythai (14) ( )
- Sambo (23) ( )
- Short course swimming (30) ( )
- Taekwondo (18) ( )
- Tennis (5) ( )
- Track cycling (9) ( )
- Turkmen goresh (26) ( )
- Weightlifting (16) ( )
- Wrestling (22) ( )
- Demonstration sports
- Esports (4) ( )
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|
|Short course swimming||8||7||8||7||30|
|Total gold medals||23||0||34||36||34||36||39||27||34||40||38||7||348|
* Host nation (Turkmenistan)
|7||South Korea (KOR)||15||11||15||41|
|10||Hong Kong (HKG)||10||11||14||35|
|12||Chinese Taipei (TPE)||9||7||12||28|
|14||United Arab Emirates (UAE)||5||4||8||17|
|18||Saudi Arabia (KSA)||3||5||2||10|
|25||Sri Lanka (SRI)||1||2||1||4|
|Marshall Islands (MHL)||0||1||0||1|
|33||Independent Olympic Athletes (IOA)||0||0||1||1|
|Totals (36 entries)||332||346||588||1266|
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.
|Dinara Hallyýewa||Turkmenistan||Alysh||Meldonium|| (Women's classic style 65 kg)
(Women's freestyle 65 kg)
|Belt wrestling|| (Women's freestyle 65 kg)|
(Women's classic style 65 kg)
|Turkmen goresh||(Women's freestyle 63 kg)|
|Gülnar Haýytbaýewa||Turkmenistan||Alysh||Methylhexaneamine and 1,3-Dimethylbutylamine||(Women's freestyle 65 kg)|||
|Belt wrestling|| (Women's classic style 65 kg)|
(Women's freestyle 65 kg)
|Turkmen goresh|| (Women's freestyle 63 kg)|
(Women's classic style 63 kg)
|Nasiba Surkiýewa||Turkmenistan||Alysh||Methylhexaneamine and 1,3-Dimethylbutylamine||(Women's freestyle 75 kg)|||
|Belt wrestling|| (Women's freestyle 70 kg)|
(Women's classic style 70 kg)
|Turkmen goresh|| (Women's freestyle 70 kg)|
(Women's classic style 70 kg)
|Rejepaly Orazalyýew||Turkmenistan||Belt wrestling||Oxandrolone|||
|Turkmen goresh|| (Men's freestyle +100 kg)|
(Men's classic style +100 kg)
|Ahmed Mansoor Shebeeb||Bahrain||Ju-jitsu||Mesterolone||(Men's ne-waza 77 kg)|||
|Muhammet Altybaýew||Turkmenistan||Kickboxing||Meldonium and Luteinizing hormone||(Men's low kick 63.5 kg)|||
|Zhamalbek Asylbek Uulu||Kyrgyzstan||Sambo||Meldonium||(Men's sport 82 kg)|||
|Murgapgeldi Atdaýew||Turkmenistan||Turkmen goresh||Methylhexaneamine and 1,3-Dimethylbutylamine||(Men's classic style 90 kg)|||
Marketing, branding and designEdit
Brand look and all design related works of the Games made by Belli Creative Studio
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. 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.
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.
|Official partners ||Turkmenistan Airlines, Petronas, Dragon Oil, China National Petroleum Corporation, Atos, Hos Zaman, Turkmentelecom|
|Official supporters||Coca-Cola, LG International Corp., MasterCard, Hyundai Engineering & Construction, Turkmen Ak Yol, Turkmen State Bank for Foreign Economic Affairs, Deyhan Bank, Senagat Bank, Turkman Business Bank, The State Commercial Bank of Turkmenistan, Turkmenistan Bank, HalkBank, Huawei, Kamil Market|
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