Today, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov visited the Motorsport center of the Ministry of internal Affairs of the country, located in the Northern part of the capital.
The Turkmen leader, being an adherent and propagandist of an active lifestyle, regularly devotes his free time to physical exercises and various sports in his busy work schedule. Today, after completing physical exercises, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov took up Nordic walking, which is considered a good way to maintain muscle tone, the state news Agency of Turkmenistan reports.
Then, at the Motorsport center of the Ministry of internal Affairs, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov held a working meeting with the participation of interior Minister Mammethan Chakyev and Minister of sports and youth policy Gulmyrat Agamyradov.
The head of state asked about the main activities of the Motorsport Center and the measures taken to enhance international cooperation in this area, as well as issues of strengthening the material and technical base.
The head of the Ministry of internal Affairs reported on the organization of training work in the Center, the steps being taken to develop domestic motor sports and bring it to the world level. A separate topic of the report was the preparation for holding the Championships of Turkmenistan in the team type of Motorsport "Volkicar" and single "Volkicar-drift" in honor of the 25th anniversary of the country's permanent neutrality.
It was also reported that karting competitions and other events are being organized to promote the transition to a qualitatively new level of motor sports.
Minister of sports and youth policy G. Agamyradov reported on preparations for the national rally championship "Garagum-yalkym" ("Karakum Radiance"), dedicated to the 25th anniversary of Turkmenistan's neutrality. From the fiery crater that has been burning for decades in the Karakum desert, a route of about 100 kilometers has been laid.
The Ministry of internal Affairs and the Ministry of sports and youth policy are the organizers of the upcoming competitions. The Ministry of industry and construction acts as a sponsor of these competitions.
It should be noted that Turkmenistan has accumulated positive experience in conducting such competitions. At the international rally "Amul-Khazar 2018", which was organized on the initiative of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, Turkmen motorcycle racers demonstrated their skills in driving sports cars and showed high results.
In the course of the meeting, the head of state was informed that the Motorsport Center has received a new type of sports cars.
In recent years, the country has paid great attention to the development of motor sports, which are popular all over the world, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted, stressing that in the future all conditions will be created for both the training process and the organization of competitions of various levels.
In conclusion, the heads of the ministries asked the head of state to test one of the new model racing cars. The President addressed a number of specific instructions to the relevant managers to ensure a high organizational level of the competition and familiarized himself with the new models of sports cars presented on the Territory of the center.
Then the head of state tested one of the new cars. Masterfully driving a high-speed car, the President performed a series of sharp turns.
The state information Agency reminds that the excellent sports skills of the head of state are the result of many years of physical education and sports. Even in his school and youth years, the President was engaged in classical and freestyle wrestling, participated in various competitions, achieved high results and victories, becoming the champion of Ashgabat in 1972 in classical wrestling, and in 1973 – the national champion in bench shooting.
It should also be noted that President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov won the 6th Dan black belt in karate in 2008, and was awarded the Order of honor of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) in 2009.
In March 2010, the head of state was awarded the certificate of honorary member of the all-Japan Karate-do Federation, and in April of the same year – the certificate of the holder of the 7th degree black belt in Taekwondo, and in September 2012-the diploma of the holder of the 10th Dan in karate.
In addition, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov was awarded the honorary title of "Master jockey-mentor of Turkmenistan" in 2014 for his outstanding achievements in reviving the glory of Turkmen horses, increasing the prestige and popularization of the racing art of our people in the world, in the development of equestrian sports and the horse breeding industry, broad international cooperation in this field, as well as for high horsemanship.
After completing the test of the new sports car, the President of Turkmenistan blessed the holding of Motorsport Championships in our country and donated the car to the Motorsport Center of the Ministry of internal Affairs.