In Ashgabat the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) held the 70th meeting of Executive council on Tuesday, the website Ashgabat of 2017 reports.
- For me is a great honor to be here with sports family from the countries of Asia and Oceania, the International Olympic Committee, the International federations and other members of sports community, - the President the OCA, the sheikh Ahmad al Fahad al Sabah told.
- I express gratitude to the President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, the government of the country, National Olympic Committee and all citizens for warm welcome and support, that is huge honor for us, - the sheikh said.
The head the OCA added that athletes from the countries of Asia and Oceania for the first time gathered to compete at the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts games.
- We are very glad that the team of refugees could reach the final at these Games and win a gold medal, - the sheikh Ahmad told. - I hope, this experience begun at the initiative of the International Olympic Committee in Rio-2016 will be included into tradition for demonstration of our solidarity. We will follow the example of the International Olympic Committee.
The chairman of the OCA coordinating committee Mr. Tsunekazu Takeda shared: "The executive council of the OCA finished work on the program XVIII of Asian Games which will play next year in Indonesia where 462 competitive sessions on 40 sports will be provided".
The executive council heard reports of the vice-president and standing committee, and thanksgiving speeches to organizers of Asian Indoor and Martial Arts games for provision of such fine up-to-date complexes for athletes from the countries of Asia and Oceania, creating, thereby, really "fair" Games.
The next meeting of Executive council will take place in Sri Lanka, date of a meeting is not planned yet.