Turkmenistan, Ashgabat. Aug.17 /Trend H.Hasanov/
President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdymuhamedov has dismissed the chairman of the State Committee for Tourism and Sport Ferhat Ardzhanova for serious shortcomings in his work, the Turkmen government said.
The president pointed to "many omissions" in the activities of the State Committee. Furthermore, noting that the committee is unable to cope with its tasks, Berdymuhamedov announced the decision to abolish the committee and create a separate state committee on sport on its base.
Batyr Orazov was appointed chairman of the newly established State Committee for Sport.
The Head of the State noted that assignments related to the development of such popular sports as cycling, archery, fencing, water sports, boating, and other Olympic and international sports in addition to other sport discipline was carried out slowly.
It was noted that the former State Committee did not cope with the work on investment development. Only 69 million manat of capital investment was utilised during the first half of the year, which is 36 per cent less than in the corresponding period last year.
Berdymuhamedov emphasised that the development of sport is one of the priorities of Turkmenistan's policy which has all the sports facilities for training athletes of international class. In particular, an Olympic Village has been built in Ashgabat.
"But despite this, there were many shortcomings in the activity of the State Committee for Tourism and Sport," Berdymuhamedov stated.
Turkmen sportsmen, participating in prestigious international competitions are unable to achieve top places. Performance of the team at the Olympics can be an example of this.
"Despite the fact that all the conditions and opportunities for our athletes for successful performance at the Olympics have been created they have shown poor results and failed to win any prizes," the Turkmen leader said.
In his view, it is due to the fact that not enough attention was paid to the preparation of athletes for international competitions.