5th Asian Indoor & Martial Arts Games Opening Ceremony launches Ashgabat 2017 Games in style

17 September, 2017 (23:30)
Tags: TurkmenistanCeremonies

A creative, inspiring and breathtaking telling of Turkmenistan’s story has opened the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in the most fantastic way imaginable, with a show that will live long in the memory of all who witnessed it. 

The cauldron – that sits atop the Ashgabat Olympic Stadium, carried by the revered symbol of Turkmenistan, the Akhal-teke horse – now burns brightly until the Games end, on September 27.

The Parade had a fresh and creative element, with the procedure featuring flag projections onto the central cylinder. 

The Ceremony, developed by industry-leading Balich Worldwide Shows and directed by Francisco Negrin, represented Turkmenistan’s enormous cultural richness and depth, and set the tone for what is to be the biggest sporting event ever held in Central Asia. 

This was the moment the entire nation of Turkmenistan had looked forward to since being awarded the Games, in December 2010.

Ms. Osisang Chilton led the Palau delegation as the nation's flag bearer at the Opening ceremony in the 5th Asia Indoor & Martial Arts Games in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan from 17th - 27th 2017. This is the nation's first invitational appearance in the Asian Indoor & Martial Arts Games.

Ms. Chilton is a senior national swimmer and has competed in numerous regional swimming competitions and events. She began her swimming career when she was 7 years old and today she currently holds 9 individual national records.

Ten athletes, seven men and three women, were selected to represent Palau in the respected events in athletics, swimming, and wrestling.


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