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Turkmen President’s Son Named 'Honorary Coach'

Serdar Berdymukhammedov (file photo)
Serdar Berdymukhammedov (file photo)

Serdar Berdymukhammedov, the son of Turkmenistan's president, has been awarded with the title of the country's "honorary coach," although it was not clear which sports the award refers to.

The Turkmen government's website says the title was given to President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov’s son at a parliamentary session on September 28.

Dozens of other people were given the titles of "honorary athlete" or "honorary coach" with a full description of the sports they were involved in.

But no sports were specified in the case of the president's son.

The award said he was being given the title "to mark his personal contribution in developing and raising the international image of Turkmenistan's sports, the popularization of sports, and the preparation of athletes" for international competitions.

The titles were awarded to mark Turkmenistan's winning the largest haul of medals in the September 17-27 fifth international Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games (AIMAG), which were held in Ashgabat.

Berdymukhammedov, 60, has been ruling the former Soviet republic since 2006.

His only son, Serdar, previously worked at a senior position in the State Agency for Energy Resources until that governmental body was dissolved by the president in July 2016.

In November, Serdar Berdymukhammedov became a member of Turkmenistan's parliament.

President Berdymukhammedov also has three daughters and four grandchildren.

With reporting by

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