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ASHGABAT, Oct. 8—In August 2008, the president of Turkmenistan approved the project for the largest world class Olympic sport complex in Central Asia, which will be built in the southern part of the capital on an area of approximately 100 square hectares.
The present Olympic Stadium with 30,000 seats will become the centre of a future sports city. There are plans for its renovation, after which the grandstands will hold up to 50,000 spectators. Some 20 additional sport sites are planned around the stadium.
A covered tennis court for 3,000 spectators with two training areas and a training hall will be located in the northern part of the city. Adjoining it will be 10 open courts. There will also be a water complex for 5,000 spectators with open and enclosed swimming pools for racing, diving, synchronised swimming and water polo.
Despite convenient climatic conditions that make it possible to take part in cycling and to compete under the open sky practically year round, the complex will have an enclosed bicycle track with seating for 3,000. Halls for martial arts, weightlifting and fencing will have the same capacity.
For the first time in Turkmen history, provisions will also be made to support Paralympic competition.
“What is especially satisfying is that the plan for the new sports city envisages living quarters for the athletes. This will give them the opportunity to come for long-term gatherings and to live in comfortable conditions,” said Turkmen sports trainer Ikram Matkarimov.