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Turkmen President's Heart Set On Ice Hockey Glory

Turkmen president Gurbanguly BerdymukhammedovTurkmen president Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov
Turkmen president Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov
Turkmen president Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov
By RFE/RL's Turkmen Service
ASHGABAT -- Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov has ordered state institutions to establish their own ice hockey teams.

The official daily "Neitralny Turkmenistan" quoted Berdymukhammedov as saying it was "necessary to provide efficient material incentives for sportsmen who would win first places at Olympic Games and other international competitions."

The capital of Ashgabat, where summer temperatures often hover around 45 degrees Celsius, has two ice palaces for winter sports.

Earlier this month, youth teams took part in Berdymukhammedov’s first ice hockey tournament, during what the president declared to be a Week of Health and Happiness.

The winner was awarded a $20,000 prize.

With reporting by Reuters
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by: Eugene from: Vienna
April 11, 2012 12:42
Marxism-Lukashism has finally made it to Central Asia

by: mario from: taklamakan
April 12, 2012 11:01
i am really admire to him, how a genius shepherd, how a step feodal leader, wear - speak - live like west. but manage like an eastern tyrant. he orders "make it ! be quick ! " and nobody can ask him "ooo our great gogo-mahamad ! why must we do ? ", gurban-gogo-mahamad is a model für all europe. do it ! because i want it. turks believe their leader(tyrant) is taking orders from god.

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