19.08.2018. 18 August. Early in the morning President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov arrived to one of the places in Karakum desert for vehicle driving training in real conditions.
The Head of the State arrived by sport car, made necessary preparations and drove the distance across capricious sands of the Karakums.
As is known, taking into consideration the features of Turkmen desert, Turkmen leader with his son Serdar Berdimuhamedov used some vehicle modifications, having re-constructed it according to his own drawings, owing to which the characteristics of racing vehicle have been improved. During this work, the President of Turkmenistan has also increased the engine power of the vehicle. That day, the Head of the State focused on the design of sport car, having highlighted that it has to reflect the images of Turkmen nature and symbols of International rally Amul – Hazar 2018.
Now, the vehicle entirely meets international requirement for racing cars. President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov made a test drive across the desert, which are beautiful in its virgin shape.
These international competitions gain special importance in the context that it will run along the Silk Road, on which the people of different regions and civilizations used to meet from the ancient time. from this point of view, the organization of the race from Amul to Hazar is the symbol of active promotion of transport initiatives of Turkmenistan that have regional and global significance and are aimed at the rapprochement of the states and the nations, expansion of trade, economic and humanitarian relations and universal progress.

19.08.2018. Sportsmen from Turkmenistan took part in free style wrestling and swimming competitions in the first day of the XVIII Summer Asian Games, which opening ceremony was held at Bung Karno Stadium in Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia.

The best result in free style wrestling among our athletes was demonstrated by Batry Borjakov, who was in the step away from bronze medal in the weight category up to 65 kilograms. In the 1/8 final, our wrestler took over the opponent from Indonesia with clear advantage 12:2 before the end of the fight, however, quarter final fight, he yielded to Japanese representative. In additional round with the athlete from Pakistan, it took less than two and half minute for our sportsman to win but the referees stopped the fight due to big difference in scores 10:1. Unfortunately, B. Borjakov lost in the bronze fight to the opponent from Kazakhstan.

Merdan Atayev was in the best ten in 100 m backstroke, having covered the distance in 56.20 seconds. Totally, 28 sportsmen from 17 countries took part in this discipline. Swimming and free style wrestling competitions are to be continued on the next day.

State News Agency of Turkmenistan

19.08.2018. The Mukams Palace of the State Cultural Centre hosted the final round of TV young performers contest «Ýaňlan, Diýarym!».

The Ministry of Culture, the State Committee of Turkmenistan for Television, Radio and Cinematography, hykimliks of all velayats and the capital were the organizers of artistic marathon.

More than 800 singers took part in the rounds of the contest marathon. According to the rules of the contest, various genres of vocal performance have been presented to the jury. The participants were able to demonstrate their talents in classical, folk and author songs performance. The jury judged the contesters by such criteria as vocal, skills and originality of performance as well as by an artistic presentation. The artistic marathon became the celebration of song for the spectators, which introduced young talents – the future of our vocal art, to them.

12 best singers – 8 young men and 4 young women, got the opportunity to take part in the final gala concert of the contest. The concert programme of this year, which is held under slogan “Turkmenistan – the Heart of the Great Silk Road” reflected the subject of succession of the traditions of national art.

In their songs, the finalists glorified the Motherland, history of Turkmen nation and modern achievements. The songs about the beauty of homeland and beauty of Turkmen capital have also been sung.

18.08.2018. 24 transactions have been registered at the trades of the State Commodity and Raw Materials Exchange of Turkmenistan.

For foreign currency, the entrepreneurs from Turkey, Uzbekistan and other countries have bought petroleum road bitumen and aggregated petroleum coke produced at Turkmenbashy Refinery Complex. Technical sulphur (the State Concern Turkmengas) was the subjects of transactions of Russian business circles. In addition, the Portland cement, colourless flat glass and cotton yarn have been sold to Russian, Turkey, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan for foreign currency. Total amount of transactions exceeded 13,485,000 US dollars.

Businessmen from Turkey, UAE and Pakistan have purchased cotton yarn to total amount of more than 1,575,000 manats.

State News Agency of Turkmenistan

18.08.2018. Representatives of sport delegation of Turkmenistan took part in the opening ceremony of XVIII Summer Asian Games. It was held at eh Bung Carno Stadium of Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia.
Turkmen sportsmen among the parade of the athletes have greeted numerous spectators of this remarkable event. Free style wrestler Ziyamuhammet Saparov, the young but titled athlete, was honoured to bear the standard. Last year, the foster of Coach Gandym Gajiyev won two medals in the age category up to 18 years old in the weigh category up to 97 kg – the bronze at the World Championship in Athens (Greece) and the silver at the Asian Championship in Bangkok (Thailand). The sportsman is numerous prize winner of international junior tournaments.
The mountain with thick tropical vegetation built in the middle of the stadium and symbolizing Indonesia with big waterfall and volcano on the top was the main feature of the ceremony. Local singers and artists performed on the background of these grandiose decorations demonstrating modern life of this place and historical moments of the country.
Finishing of the games torch relay was the culmination of the ceremony after the speeches of the Presidents of Indonesia and Asian Olympic Union. The torch bearers went up to the top of the mountain and lit up the volcano. Flags hoisting ceremony took place afterwards and Summer Asian Games were officially opened.

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