AKIPRESS.COM - President of Turkmenistan Serdar Berdimuhamedov on June 24 received Vice President of the International Cycling Union (UCI), President of the Asian Cycling Confederation Osama Al Shafar, the Foreign Ministry reported.
The head of state expressed confidence that he would have an opportunity to discuss the current state and prospects for cooperation in the field of cycling during the current visit, as well as get acquainted with the development of cycling in Turkmenistan.
The parties exchanged views on further areas of cooperation in the field of cycling. According to Berdimuhamedov, Turkmenistan pays great attention to the development of the sports and recreation movement, which is facilitated by the construction of modern sports and recreation complexes, multifunctional stadiums, and sports schools.
The President noted that in 2018, at the initiative of Turkmenistan, a Resolution was adopted to proclaim June 3 as World Bicycle Day at the initiative of Turkmenistan in 2018. He also stressed the fruitful interaction of the National Olympic Committee of Turkmenistan and sports federations with the International Olympic Committee and other sports structures.
Berdimuhamedov emphasized the V Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games successfully held in Ashgabat in 2017 by the Olympic Council of Asia. According to the President, the country has all the conditions for holding major international competitions in various disciplines of cycling and is ready to consider the possibility of using a modern indoor cycle track in the Olympic village of Ashgabat.
In turn, Osama Al Shafar noted the experience of Turkmenistan in the organization of large-scale sports competitions.
The sides also exchanged views on priority issues of bilateral cooperation. Noting that Osama Al Shafar is also a co-chair of the Inter-Parliamentary Friendship Group of the Parliament of Turkmenistan and the Federal National Council of the United Arab Emirates, the head of state expressed interest in strengthening relations between the peoples of the two states.