Turkmenistan Not Playing With Its Showcase Sports Event

Turkmenistan’s President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov sings his song titled “Forward, Forward, Only Forward My Beloved Turkmenistan” in early April. The song was declared the official anthem for the upcoming 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games. The games appear primarily intended not so much to celebrate sport as to further burnish the president’s reputation. (Photo: Neutral Turkmenistan)

Late one evening in early April, the president of Turkmenistan emerged, dressed in a bright red tracksuit, on a garishly lit stage in the boondoggle Caspian holiday resort of Awaza.
 

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Turkmenistan Not Playing With Its Showcase Sports Event

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