ASHGABAT 17 September 2017: The opening ceremony of the 5th Asian Indoor Games and Martial Arts kicked off in the capital of Turkmenistan, Ashgabat yesterday.
The games have attracted the participation of 5,000 athletes from 63 countries in Asia and Oceania and will continue through 27th September, said Wam.
During the parade ring of participating countries, Taleb Al Karbi, the world champion, player of national Jui Jitsu Team and holder of the black belt, was the UAE flag bearer.
The Olympic-size stadium hosted more than 7,500 participating performance and folklore teams as well as 200 musicians and 100 horses of the Akhal-Teke breed, an icon of the host country. The ceremony also included shows about the Turkmenistan civilisation and the use of optical technologies in delivering an array of cultural and historical messages.
The UAE National Olympic Committee delegation taking part in the event comprises 96 sportsmen and women, including 68 male and female athletes competing in seven sports namely, indoor football, Jiu Jitsu, athletics, cycling, bowling, chess, and billiards and snooker.
“The participation of the UAE in this vast continental gathering for the fifth running in a row reflects the growth of the UAE sport, thanks to the support accorded by our leadership to better represent the nation in various events,” said Dawood Al Hajri, Acting Secretary-General of the NOC.