In September 2017 the 5th edition of the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games will be held in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.
According to the organizers, the Olympic Complex in which the Games will take place encompasses 30 buildings, 15 of them consist of sports facilities like the main arena, taekwondo and dancesport arena, aquatics centre, indoor athletics arena, martial arts arena, basket arena, billiards arena, bowling centre, equestrian centre, ice palace, weightlifting arena, muay thai and ju-jitsu arena, chess centre, indoor tennis centre and a velodrome . Also, the Complex holds an Olympic Village and a Medical Rehabilitation Centre for Paralympics.
The total cost for the construction of the Olympic Village was 5 billion USD , and the necessary infrastructure includes social and cultural facilities, commercial centers, hotels, restaurants, cafes, shops, consumer services and parking lots. The whole complex has a capacity of over 100000 spectators, with the Olympic Stadium having a capacity of 45000 people.
21 events will be included: 5 olympic sports (velodrome, equestrian, taekwondo, weightlifting and wrestling), 5 olympic sports contested only in non-Olympic formats (3×3 basket, futsal, indoor athletics, swimming, indoor tennis) and 11 non-Olympic events (bowling, chess, billiards, dancesport, ju-jitsu, kickboxing, kurash, muay thai, sambo, belt wrestling and traditional wrestling). In addition, there will be a video game competition as a demonstration sport .
At the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in 2017 all 45 members of the Olympic Council of Asia will participate, and, for the first time, 19 members of the National Olympic Committee of Oceania will attend as well . The Olympic Committee of Kuwait was suspended in October 2015 for political reasons, so their representatives will be competing under the Olympic flag as independent Olympic athletes .
The following countries will participate from the Olympic Council of Asia: Afghanistan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, China, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Independent Olympic Athletes, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Macau, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Mongolia, Nepal, North Korea, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Philippines, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Syria, Tajikistan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Yemen.
Oceania National Olympic Committee members consist of American Samoa, Australia, Cook Islands, Micronesia, Fiji, French Polynesia, Guam, Kirbati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.
A total number of over 2000 medals weighing a total of 721 kg will be prepared for this edition .
The current version of the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games was first introduced in 2013 at Incheon, South Korea. This version appeared by merging two events, the Asian Indoor Games, which took place once every two years and the Asian Martial Arts Games which took place once every four years. However, the 2017 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in Ashgabat will be counted as the 5th edition of the games because of its history. The Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games are considered the second most important multi-sport event in Asia, after the Asian Games.
The Turkmen president himself Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov took a personal interest in the organization of this national project. In November of 2010 he participated to the opening ceremony for the project, laying down the first stone, an action symbolizing the Olympic Complex’s foundation.
Later that same year, in December, through the signing of the agreement between the Olympic Council of Asia and the National Olympic Committee of Turkmenistan the host nation effectively undertook the responsibility of organizing the event at Ashgabat in September 2017 .
Turkmenistan becomes the first country of Central Asia which organizes a multi-sport event of such caliber. As such, the country is attracting attention to itself in a positive way and positions itself among the important regional actors in Central Asia.