By Mazani Chan Yat Sin
KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 14 (Bernama) -- Ashgabat, the city that will host the 2017 Asian Indoor and Martial Art Games (V AIMAG 2017) in Turkmenistan, will be spending a whopping USD5 billion (RM15.98 billion) to build new state-of-the-art sports facilities and complex.
An official of the Turkmenistan Embassy in Malaysia said phase one of the Ashgabat Olympic Complex had been completed and while the second and third phase would be completed before 2017 at a total cost of approximately US$5 billion (RM15.98 billion).
Build on a 157 ha land, Phase one comprise an indoor velodrome, training halls, indoor arena, medical rehabilitation centre, hotel, press centre, business centre, restaurant, training for track and field, outdoor team sports fields, lake, outdoor cafes, car parks, monorail stations and transformers.
The official noted that the Turkmenistan government had picked a Turkey-based construction company, Polimeks, to build the complex, comprising state-of-the-art facilities and sports equipment for the convenience of the contingents and officials competing in the games.
"The decision to pick Polimeks was based on their ability to meet our requirements and their proven track record in the constructing of other buildings in our country such as the unique Turkmenistan TV Tower as well as the Wedding Palace," the official told Bernama in an exclusive interview here, recently.....