20 September 2016, the heads of international structures of sports journalism and media representatives, who arrived in Ashgabat at the Sports Media Forum, participated in a ceremony honoring the Turkmen athletes who distinguished themselves at the II World Nomads Games held in Kyrgyzstan. President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov made a speech at the ceremony, who stressed that the development of sports in the country and the strengthening of a healthy lifestyle is one of the main priorities of Turkmenistan’s state policy.
The participants of the Media Forum expressed their sincere gratitude to the President of Turkmenistan for his constant attention to the development of sport, to create conditions for fruitful work of journalists and the business community, and congratulated the Turkmen athletes with the achieved success.
Then, in the conference hall of the hotel “Sport”, the opening of the international Sports Media Forum, dedicated to the Day of Asian sports journalists and promotion of V Asian Indoor Games and Martial Arts in 2017 had started.
Conducting a regular Media Forum is a clear confirmation of the desire of our country to open Turkmenistan through sport around the world. The forum is attended by the representatives of foreign mass media, experts from sports sphere from 29 countries, as well as representatives of relevant departments and mass media of Turkmenistan.
At the beginning of the media forum a congratulatory greetings of the President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov addressed the participants of the media forum was read out, dedicated to the Day of sports journalists of Asia and V Asian Games.
In the first three sessions of the forum well-known experts, representing the International Sports Press Association (AIPS), the Asian Sports Press Association, Federation of Sports Journalism in a number of countries, the TV channels «Al Jazeera», «Eurasia TV” and other authoritative organizations discussed the role of the media in the process of preparation and organization of high-level sporting events, as well as the improvement of the efficiency of measures taken together to prepare for the Asian games. Since the beginning of the forum, many participants highlighted in their editions the awarding ceremony of the Turkmen sportsmen; detailed reports on the issues discussed at the forum, and praised the level of preparation of Asian Games-2017. (Refer to Websites «atavatan-turkmenistan.com» and «aipsmedia.com»).
Today, on September 21, during the final, fourth plenary session will be continued the discussions of questions relating to the organization of effective activity of mass media in sports games, the role of the broadcast coverage of campaigns in the competition. The forum participants will be shown performances on sports included in the program V Asian Games.
Tomorrow, on the Day of Asian sports journalists at the media forum there will be an awarding ceremony of journalists for their contribution to the development of sports coverage by the Asian Association of international sports press. The participants of the Media Forum will visit the state historical and cultural reserve “Nisa” underground lake “Kov-Ata” and picturesque mountainous township Gokdere.