Date : 15 Apr 2019
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, April 15, 2019: The President of the International Sambo Federation (FIAS), Vasily Shestakov, met with the President of Turkmenistan, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow, in the Olympic Village of Ashgabat on April 7. The parties discussed the prospects for cooperation in the field of sambo development in Turkmenistan.
The head of state thanked the FIAS for the right to host the World Sambo Championships in Turkmenistan in 2020.
“These international competitions will be another contribution of Turkmenistan to the development of sports diplomacy in the region and globally,” said the FIAS head.
The Turkmen President added: “We view the staging of these world championships as a sign of high confidence in Turkmenistan from the international sports community and recognition of our country's services in the development and promotion of physical culture and sports.”
The two leaders also discussed the accessibility of Ashgabat for participants in the 2020 World Sambo Championships, the possibility of conducting training seminars at sports camps in the Caspian region and the use of the ultra-modern sports infrastructure for staging the Olympic Council of Asia’s 2017 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games.
The FIAS President awarded the Turkmen leader a Certificate of Appreciation from the International Federation for his contribution to the development of sambo, a commemorative token and a personal sambist uniform.
The Turkmen leader, in turn, presented Shestakov with a souvenir “Vepaly” - the country's sports mascot decorated with the flag of the International Sambo Federation.
Following the meeting with the President of the country, Vasily Shestakov also talked with sambists and coaches of the Turkmenistan national team.
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