World Health Day is widely celebrated in Turkmenistan. In honor of the significant date, sports, fitness and other events took place. In the morning, the Turkmen leader Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov visited the Presidential Akhal-Teke equestrian complex, where he spent "paradise" horses. The head of state also visited the Olympic town.
In his congratulatory Address to compatriots on the occasion of World Health Day, the President emphasized that, as part of the implementation of the national transformational programs, great successes were achieved in organizing a mass physical-health-improving movement and developing sports, in promoting the principles of a healthy lifestyle, and in educating a physically strong and spiritually strong generation.
Concentration of efforts in the social sphere is a characteristic feature of the policy of the head of state. Based on the idea that the health of each person is not only individual, but also of social value, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov initiated large-scale projects to form the appropriate infrastructure, including both medical and sports facilities.
The country has created all the conditions for the development of various sports, while at the same time, traditional types such as equestrian sports are preserved. Thanks to the asceticism of the head of state, the national horse breeding industry has reached a new height, unprecedented measures are being taken to modernize its material and technical base, enhance international cooperation in this area, and promote the Turkmen riding school.
A lot of work is being done in the Akhal-Teke equestrian complex of the President of Turkmenistan to breed purebred breed “paradise” horses, to improve their exterior and the best sports qualities.
Having visited a horse named Gyratym, the head of state brought him to the arena for training. Gyratym readily carried out various commands, sensitively capturing every sign given. In the interaction of man and horse the main thing is trust.
The head of state, as is known, pays special attention to the further growth of the world prestige of the Akhal-Teke horses - national pride and the heritage of the Turkmen people. With the direct participation of the President, our country has become a center for international events to address the development of the Akhal-Teke horse breeding.
Large foreign organizations involved in breeding the Akhal-Teke breed of horses, well-known horse breeders, specialists in this industry come to the original homeland of famous horses and discuss issues of breed breeding, maintaining its purity and distribution in the world.
Having once played the most important role in the fate of the Turkmens, the Akhal-Teke horse, a phenomenon of national and world culture, still remains the talisman of the successes of our country, the image of the dream of its people, a symbol of aspiration for progress.
After training with Gyrat, the head of state left the Presidential Akhal-Teke equestrian complex. Then the Turkmen leader, along with his son Serdar Berdimuhamedov, went on bicycles towards the Olympic town, where he made a bike ride.
Attaching great importance to the formation of a modern sports infrastructure, the President brought the work carried out in this direction to the rank of state policy priorities. As an illustrative example, we can cite the construction in our capital of an Olympic town that has no analogues in the region. He has repeatedly hosted large-scale competitions with the participation of athletes from dozens of states. But the main thing, which is especially emphasized by the President of Turkmenistan, the appearance of this town gave a powerful impetus to the development of mass sports in the country.
The Olympic town, which structure includes about 40 different sports facilities, has become a decoration of Ashgabat and the pride of its inhabitants. All the buildings of the complex are distinguished by their expressive aesthetic appearance, and its most outstanding element is the artistic and monumental image of a horse ascended above the main arena and entered the Guinness Book of Records.
In the Olympic town, the head of state visited an indoor cycle track and completed a training race on a bicycle on a racetrack.
This bike track in all respects meets international standards and modern requirements for objects of this kind. The conditions created here allow for international competitions. The cycle track has spectator stands for 6 thousand seats, all the necessary infrastructure is provided, which provides comfort for athletes and coaches, technical and maintenance personnel, and, of course, for fans who like cycling.
With the commissioning of the cycle track on the basis of the Olympic town, a new page in the history of the national cycling movement also began, since a construction of this type was first constructed in Turkmenistan. The quality of the facility was appreciated by specialists of the International Union of Cyclists.
Sport today has become an integral part of society. The participation of our athletes in the world sports movement, their medals and awards of various tournaments and championships is expanding - convincing evidence of the enormous attention that the President pays to the development of sports and its infrastructure, creating all conditions for identifying talents and enhancing the skills of athletes.
The fact that sport is a way of health is demonstrated by the President of Turkmenistan. He regularly trains, runs, rides a bicycle, equally brilliantly drives a sports car and a horse.
Further, the head of state and his associates discussed issues of popularizing the principles of a healthy lifestyle and sports, mass physical-health-improving movement.
As is known, the Turkmen leader keeps in the center of constant attention issues related to sports and the health of the people. Tournaments held in recent years with the participation of athletes from dozens of countries of the world have strengthened the status of Turkmenistan as an important international sports center.
The resolution on the proclamation of June 3 as World Cycling Day, adopted on the initiative of Turkmenistan in 2018 at the 82nd meeting of the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly, was a reflection of the high appreciation by the world community of the proposals of the Turkmen side on the development of sports and fitness movement carried out on increasing cooperation between states and peoples in this area, raising the environmental level in society.
As President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted, the first society of cyclists in Ashgabat was created in 1894. A year after its creation, the first cycling competition was organized, which launched its development in Turkmenistan. Currently, the bike has not lost its relevance. On the contrary - acquired new forms, forms and functions. Most of humanity uses a bicycle in its daily life as an alternative eco-friendly transport. And in our country, this trend is only gaining momentum.
The announcement of June 3 as World Bicycle Day is indisputable evidence of recognition of the initiatives of our neutral state aimed at strengthening peace, friendly and fruitful relations, including building up international cooperation in the field of sports.
As you know, in Ashgabat, in honor of World Bicycle Day, a monument is being erected in the guise of which the rich history and modern achievements of our people will be reflected.
Today in Turkmenistan, the number of people involved in sports has significantly increased, its importance and importance in society have increased. The main goal of the strategy for the development of national sport and the strengthening of the principles of a healthy lifestyle in society is to increase the number of supporters of sports and physical education, especially children, boys and girls.
Sports and fitness and sports activities are a combination of the efforts of the state and society. In this regard, Turkmenistan is setting a positive example for other states in successfully taking active steps aimed at developing and promoting a healthy lifestyle, physical education and sports - both in the short and long term.
The granting by the International Cyclists Union of the right to host the World Cycling Track Championship in Ashgabat in 2021 is a confirmation of the high confidence shown in our country and the huge success of sports policy implemented by President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.
It should be noted with particular pride that Turkmenistan has been included in the Guinness Book of Records in areas related to cycling. As you know, in June 2018, a cycling training was held at the Ashgabat multifunctional metropolitan stadium, which the representatives of the Guinness Book of Records announced as the most massive educational lesson on cycling in the world. 3 thousand 246 people became participants in a large-scale bicycle action.
A year later, in June 2019, the longest cycling parade on one line was held in the Olympic town of Ashgabat and the world record was again updated. Participants in a large-scale bicycle action lined up at a certain distance from each other and cycled around the Olympic town, covering a distance of 3300 meters. And this fact was included in the Guinness Book of Records.
The life-affirming force of aspiration for physical and spiritual perfection brought today - on World Health Day - to the starts of numerous lovers of a healthy lifestyle throughout Turkmenistan, who followed the example of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov. At a time when the situation with coronavirus remains tense in many countries of the world, a calm epidemiological situation is ensured in Turkmenistan thanks to timely measures.
As a result of a farsighted policy, including in the healthcare system, cases of importation of infection were prevented in our country and preventive measures are being continued. That is why the celebration of the wide scope of World Health Day is of great importance.
In this context, it is necessary to emphasize the effectiveness of the State Health Program, within the framework of which modern medical centers, sanatoriums, pharmaceutical enterprises and other related facilities have been built, which have brought the national health system to a new level.
The state spends huge funds on expanding the modern sports and recreational infrastructure, as well as on ensuring compliance with international standards. Projects of all educational and pre-school institutions being built in the country include well-equipped gyms, basketball and volleyball courts, swimming pools, tennis courts and others.
In the children's health centers in the resort town of Geokdere, in all the provinces and in the Avaza national tourist zone, excellent conditions have been created for active recreation. All this is another evidence that a person is the highest value of our state.
During the conversation, the head of Turkmenistan focused on the development of physical culture, which is an important condition for maintaining and strengthening the health of the people.
In this regard, focusing on the education of the young generation, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov emphasized the need to involve sports and work in this process.
Forming the integrity of the physical, spiritual and intellectual-professional development of young people is a complex educational process that requires joint efforts from the family, education and other social institutions of the society, the President of Turkmenistan said, instructing to keep under constant control the implementation of tasks related to the adoption of the principles of a healthy lifestyle of life. In their decision, it is important to effectively use sports complexes and facilities, sports grounds.
The head of state wished his comrades good health, family well-being, success in work and left the scene.
State News Agency of Turkmenistan