After the dramatized prologue with the participation of dance teams and an impressive laser show, the opening of the World Weightlifting Championships in the Olympic city of Ashgabat continued with a parade of flags of all the countries participating in the competitions.
The state flags of 100 countries were brought to the arena of the Complex of sports games in alphabetical order. The ceremony ended with the entry of the flag of the host country of the championship – Turkmenistan.
Then, the Minister of Sports and Youth Policy of Turkmenistan Dayanch Gulguldyev and the President of the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) Tomash Ayan addressed to the audience, numerously dtating the word “Fantastic”!
After this, the World Weightlifting Championships was declared open. And the Turkmen pop stars sang to the audience with the song “Forward, Forward, Only Forward, the Native Land of Turkmenistan!” Written by President Berdimuhamedov and considered to be the country’s unofficial anthem.
We present to your attention a small set of photos from the scene. Later wait for a detailed photo report and video.