28 Nov 2014
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan: The Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) and Oceania National Olympic Committees (ONOC) signed a Memorandum on Friday, November 28, for joint participation in the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games (AIMAG) in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, in 2017.
The Memorandum was signed by the President of Turkmenistan, HE Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, who is also President of the 5th AIMAG Organising Committee; the OCA President, HE Sheikh Ahmad Al Fahad Al-Sabah; and by Dr Robin Mitchell, President of onOC.
OCA, in consultation with the NOC of Turkmenistan and the 5th AIMAG Organising Committee, has decided to include the 17 National Olympic Committees of Oceania in the sports programme of the 5th AIMAG.
In addition to the 45 NOCs of the OCA, the following 17 NOCs from Oceania will participate in the Games:
Australia, Cook Islands, Fiji, Guam, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, New Zealand, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu.
Seven associate members of onOC will also compete: New Caledonia, Tokelau, Niue, Norfolk Island, Tahiti, Wallis and Futuna, Northern Marianas.
The following sports will be included for the 5th AIMAG:
Chess, Futsal, Tennis, Muay Thai, Sambo, Kurash, Jiu Jitsu, Bowling, Cycling (track), Swimming, Indoor Athletics, Weightlifting (Powerlifting), Basketball, Taekwondo (WTF), Dance Sport, Kickboxing, Belt Wrestling, Wrestling (FS/Greco Roman), Cue Sport (Billiards and Snooker).
The OCA President said other sports would be considered in order to promote the Olympic sports movement in Turkmenistan.