The Amul-Hazar 2018 International rally, held on the initiative of the President of Turkmenistan, completed. The two teams from Turkmenistan took the third place of the competition that aroused keen interest all around the world. As is known, the President of Turkmenistan participated in the international tournament at the start, driving vehicle No. 100. The crew, driving vehicle No. 100 won the third place. The driver of this car – Hodjaguly Annamammedov – is a driver at the motor transport enterprise of the Administration of the President of Turkmenistan, sportsman of the motor sports centre of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Turkmenistan; the co-pilot – sportsman Gaygysyz Akmyradov – the officer of the motor vehicle administration of the Ministry of Defense of Turkmenistan.
Sports car No. 104 driven by pilot – Guvanchmyrat Hommadov – a sportsman at the motor sports centre of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Turkmenistan and co-pilot Redjepniyaz Annaberdiev won the third place of the T2-2 international racing.
The state news agency of Turkmenistan
Grandiose project initiated by President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov – International rally Amul – Hazar 2018, is successfully finished. Welcoming ceremony of the participants of this legendary race was held in Avaza National tourist zone.
Amul – Hazar 2018 desert race, which route run along historical Silk Route, became the largest off-road race in Asia by its scale and importance. Grandiose sport competition united professionals and amateurs of one of the most captivating sports from France, Spain, Saudi Arabia, Czech Republic, Great Britain and other countries.
15 teams represented Turkmenistan in different categories. According to the specialists, the members of young Turkmen team demonstrated good results and claimed confidently to gain the victory.
Having started the race on the banks of Amudarya River in the ancient settlement of Amul, brave sportsmen drove more than 1.5 thousand kilometres across the country from east to west, having covered complicated parts on the space of the Karakums. Today, they drove 203 km of the fifth leg of eco rally raid. Finally, the participants of the competitions came to the finish line.
Harry Hunt (Great Britain) was the leader of this leg. Nani Roma (Spain) was the second while Mathew Serradori was the third to cross the finish arch. Nani Roma became the first in the overall rating, followed by Mroslav Zapletal and Sergey Vyzaovich (Belarus) on the third place.
Two Turkmen crews were the third in their categories: Hojaguly Annamammedov and Gaygusyz Akmyradov (No. 100 – MINI – T11.2) and Guvanch Hommadov and Rejep Annaberdiyev (No. 104 – TOYOTA – T22.2).
Award ceremony of winners of the rally took place on the square in front of the flagpole of Balkan Velayat where special podium was built.
Master of the ceremony was announcing the names of the racers, their team and countries. Prize winners in each category took their places on the pedestal of honour and received cherished trophies with Amul – Hazar 2018 sign, lift it above their heads demonstrating to the visitors. After the ceremony, they were taking pictures surrounding by their teammates and giving interviews to the representatives of mass media.
The crews drove on the podium in their vehicles flying their flags and greeting the public. Some of the motors were impressive indeed – one can find it only at similar competitions. They underwent serious test of construction solutions between the start and finish, there were breakdowns and flips but this is sports. Everybody tried to move up in the tournament table but only the best reached the finish. However, all teams took part in the final parade and every team member received memorable gift and souvenirs.
Powerful heavy trucks stopped near the podium. Celebration music was accompanied by roar of the engines, applauses and congratulations, joyful exclamations.
The name of the race, Amul – Hazar, highlights connecting role of our country for entire region of the Silk Road. The distance of the rally consisted of five special parts with overall length of more than 1,500 kilometres. Spectators enjoyed filigree driving technique of the pilots. Interesting but hard off-road track was serious challenge for both motors and people. The sand of Karakum Desert, dunes, plains, beauty of landscapes and strive to win inspired the participants of the raid, which became not only bright sport events but also significant input to development of international humanitarian cooperation, consolidation of friendship and understanding between the nations. Like in any other tournaments, this race had an atmosphere of competition, fight and high skills, however, in first, it was a triumph of sports uniting and consolidating by the idea of peace.
Celebration events were continued in the evening in the fountain park of Avaza National tourist zone.
President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, who also arrived there, has been met by the Speaker of the Mejlis, deputy Chairmen of the Cabinet of Ministers, heads of military and law enforcement agencies of Turkmenistan.
The Head of the State went to special place. Everything was ready for the beginning of the ceremony. Big stage lit decorated in sport vehicle design was lit up with bright beams of soffits. Big central circle depicts the steering wheel with ‘Turkmenistan’ sign inside and the silhouette of racing car with No.100 and image of Vepaly the alabay on the side. This was the vehicle, that the Head of the State drove opening the race competition. Other cars of Turkmenistan national team can be seen under the sign and on both side of the steering wheel in the circles drawn in the shape of wheels. Lower panel of the stage is represented by the monitor displaying the sea and the background of the circles is represented by animated symbols of Amul – Hazar 2018 raid.
Master of ceremony addressed the President of Turkmenistan asking to make a speech.
Welcoming the participants, the Head of the State noted that this year is held in the country under slogan “Turkmenistan – the Heart of the Great Silk Road” and marked in the country with big events and holidays.
Cycling and field and track races have started along the Silk Road from ancient Amul to Hazar in the beginning of the year and International rally Amul – Hazar 2018 has started few days ago.
These events in the year under slogan “Turkmenistan – the Heart of the Great Silk Road” have very deep meaning and historical importance. It serves as visual example of revival of this ancient caravan route, which unites the countries and people, in new format, the Leader of the Nation highlighted.
Sportsmen participating in this competition drove through all attractions of Turkmen desert starting from Amul and arrive in the Caspian coast. Today, the results of cycling, field and track and vehicle races have been summed up.
People say that Turkmens have holidays one after another. The award ceremonies of the winners of «Türkmeniň Altyn asyry» contest took place, number of cultural and art personnel were conferred with honoured titles, the President of Turkmenistan continued.
The culture is closely connected with our history. It united people from ancient time, the Head of the State said and congratulated art and cultural masters, who were awarded with prizes and honoured titles, having wished them new success.
Our sovereign state is recognized in the world as the country of health and inspiration, we do pay great attention to the improvement of health of the citizens, introduction of healthy life style principles, development of sports, the Head of the State highlighted. The development od sports is one of priority directions of our state policy. Healthy life gives inexhaustible sources of energy, power and inspiration to people.
International sport prestige of the country is growing steadily. At present tme, neutral Turkmenistan is known as sport state.
The winners of rally raid, cycling and field and track races from Amul to Hazar became known today. Having demonstrated their skills, they finished this way with victory.
President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov congratulated the participants and winners of the competitions along the Silk Road across Karakum Desert and finished in Avaza National tourist zone, having wished great sport success to everyone.
After, the floor was given to Jean Louis Schlesser, the General Director of Africa Eco Race, who noted the beauty of Avaza at first and cordial hospitality in Turkmenistan, in general. Wonderful sceneries, unique nature, interesting camping sites along the route, all of these is the demonstration of great culture, Schlesser said.
He also expressed the gratitude to the Head of the State and Turkmenistan team, which was represented by greatest number of the sportsmen and competing in four categories, having won the prizes.
The President of Turkmenistan is known in the world with his outstanding personal input to the sport development. In particular, Turkmen leader has played significant role in promotion of motorsport on the planet, the guest said, having noted that the Head of the State provided huge support in high-level organization of this rally. “ We will see you at new events and rallys in Turkmenistan next year!”, - Jean Louis Schlesser wished.
Finally, the moment came and the award ceremony of International rally Amul – Hazar 2018, the grandiose sport competition, which write new page in the history of this sport, has begun.
President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and Director of Africa Eco Race rally Jean Louis Schlesser were invited to the stage.
Together, they presented the winners of the competitions with special prizes – sets of memorable coins Amul – Hazar 2018 and gift sets of national Turkmen dress. The winners in their categories received traditional sheep fur coats and white fur headdress. These are gold winners Spanish Nani Roma and Aleks Haro who were the best driving their MINI, Belarusian MAZ team – pilot Sergey Vyazovich, co-pilot Pavel Garanin and engineer Andrey Zhigulin, Kazakhstan crew of NISSAN Kirill Chernenkpv and Alexey Mun, French crews Thierry Pitavi and Gillies Colombes, Ivan Pierre and Veronica Dart.
Those who were the second received red robes (don) and dark hur hats (telpek). Miroslav Zapletal and Marek Sikory from Czech Republic, Russian KAMAZ team of Ayrat Mardeyev, Dmitry Svistunov and Ahmet Gilyautdinov, British pilot Harry Hunt with his co-pilot Wouter Rosegaar were the silver winners of the race.
As it was mentioned above, two Turkmen crew won the third place. These are poilot Hojaguly Annamammedov, the driver of transport facility of the Office of the President of Turkmenistan, the sportsman of the Motorsport of the Minister of Interior of Turkmenistan and co-pilot Gaygysyz Akmyradov, the officer of transport department of the Defence Ministry of Turkmenistan as well as pilot Guvanch Hommadov, the sportsman of the Motorsport Centre of the Ministry of Interior of Turkmenistan and co-pilot Rejepniyaz Annaberdiyev.
Other KAMAZ representatives Dmitry Sotnikov, Ruslan Ahmadeyev and Ilgiz Ahmetzyanov, French racers Jean Claude Rufie Jerome Bosch, Dutch Gert Jan van der Valk and Branco Da Langa were among he bronze winners.
Receiving awards from Head of the State Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, the participants of the rally expressed sincere gratitude for the opportunity to come to beautiful Turkmenistan and take part in unprecedented rally race that has historical significance in revival of the Silk Road, which survived through the centuries and heads to the future.
Every participant put on the presented dress and took a picture for the memory. After, Jean Louis Schlesser expressed the gratitude to the Head of Turkmenistan on behalf of his organization and personally for the support and participation in the rally, for excellent gifts to the winners, which would be good memories about Turkmenistan.
He named President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov as true winner of the rally. For several months since the proposal on the rally was given, the organizers received huge support from the Head of the State, owing to which we achieved great results, Schlesser said. Today, we sums up these competitions in Avaza and it is great honour for us to sate the success, he said presenting award to the Leader of the Nation as to the real winner of the rally.
The ceremony was followed by celebration concert with the participation of Turkmen and foreign popular artists, dance and folk ensembles of our country. The public gave applauses to Turkish singer Hadisa Achikgyoz, Russian Igor Sarukhanov and Anjelika Sultanova, vocal and instrumental ensembles Alabina from France and Morandi from Romania.
After the concert, the President of Turkmenistan said warm goodbye to the participants of the ceremony dedicated to the completion of International rally Amul – Hazar 2018 and left the place of event.
Big firework, which lit up the sky above Avaza coast with colourful lights, was an excellent epilogue of the event.
The state news agency of Turkmenistan
In the morning, the participants of Maul – Hazar 2018 rally left ‘Mary’ camp located next to administrative territorial border of Lebap and Mary Velayat and went to the starting position of the second leg of the race.
The same evening, the participants of Amul – Hazar 2018 rally reached the second camping site located in Ahal Velayat – ‘The Karakums Glare’. 55 out of 75 vehicles started that morning for another 228 kilometres part of the rally.
As the racers told, the first part of the route was very difficult while the second one was much easier as the pilots got used to the sands of Karakum Desert and confidently reached ‘The Karakums Glare’ camp.
Spanish crew, Nani Roma and Alex Haro are the leaders in total team count, however, British pilot Harry Hunt and his co-pilot Wouter Rosgaar have taken over Spanish team in the finish and won the second day of the race. Turkmen crew, Hojaguly Annamemmedov and Gaygysyz Akmyradov, was the third. The leaders of the race are just few minutes behind each other.
In heavy trucks, two Russian KAMAZ driven by Ayrat Mardeyev and Dmitry Sotnikov were the first to cross the finish. Belarusian crew piloted by Sergey Vyzovich is in the third position.
Belarusian – Turkmen team composed of Alexander Vasilevsky, Dmitry Vikhrenko and Begnazar Nuryagdiyev are among the ten of the fastest trucks. They moved 5 position forward on the second day of the race.
The only female pilot, Yulia Migunova, with her co-pilot Igor Petenko has distinguished herself. Their Toyota was the first in T2 category.
Upon arrival to the camp, tired guest were expected with good dinner, cultural programme and opportunity to see one of the most popular attractions of our country.
At the camping site, organizer of the rally Jean Louis Schlesser was congratulated on his birthday. Legendary racer marked his 70th anniversary on Turkmen land.
‘The Karakums Glare’ is the world famous attraction site located in Ahal Velayat, Turkmenistan. The fire erupts from the huge crater located in the centre of the desert. The view of fire burning among white sands of the Karakums fascinates and intrigues even experienced travellers.
Approaching ‘The Karakums Glare’ in the daylight, you will not be able to understand why this place attracts the visitors. Desert landscapes, bright blue sky, all of these can be enjoyed without going too deep to the desert. But after the sun goes down, the air above the crater starts glimmering with various shades of crimson. The gas bursts out to the surface through the sandstone and ignites making surrounding air hotter. Look around this attraction early in the evening, the tourist enjoy captivating view of the crater sinking slowly to the darkness and orange flames on the background of the sun going down over the desert.
The race is continued and the third round is starting on September 13, the participants of the rally will have to drive 236 kilometres. After, they will have rest att eh camping site next to Altyn Asyr Turkmen Lake.
The state news agency of Turkmenistan
September 13. The participants of Amul – Hazar 2018 rally has reached the third camping at Altyn Asyr Turkmen Lake located in the centre of Karakum Desert. Racing crews have covered 236 kilometres of the route full of sand dunes and takyrs (saline soil flat pits).
Out of 46 vehicles participated in the third round of Amul – Hazar 2018 race, the sport car driven by Nani Roma and Aleks Haro was the first. The Spaniards are leading in interim and overall rating of the race making the gap bigger with every part of the route. KAMAZ driven by Ayrat Mardeyev was the second in this leg of the race, having arrived 17 minutes after. Miroslav Zapletali with his co-pilot Marek Sikora were the third to come to Turkmen artificial lake. Czech team is in the second position in overall rating.
Upon arrival to «Altyn asyr» türkmen köli» camo, the racers were warmly greeted by Turkmen artists. National tunes were harmonically combined with the sounds of nature in man-made oasis – the sound of wind was continued in the motifs of dutar and whispering of moving sand particles can be listened between the lines of traditional songs. The participants of the rally enjoyed concert programme and the dishes of Turkmen national cuisine.
There is another day and another leg of the race ahead. The sportsmen will have to cross the border of Balkan Velayat and come over difficult terrain of the region. Until the start of new round, the racers take rest and study legendary Altyn Asyr Turkmen Lake.
Altyn Asyr Turkmen Lake is a unique project proving that our country makes significant contribution to solution of universal problems related to protection of water resources of the planet. It is generally known that all countries located in the arid zones have problems with salinization of irrigated lands and diversion of subsoil water. Having good experience of farming and water use, Turkmenistan is on the top of scientific studies in this sphere and urges other states to use water resources rationally.
Implementation of large-scale and unique project of creation of artificial lake in the Karakums is under close attention of the Head of the State who regularly inspects the course and outcomes of construction works. In the result, the oasis preventing the discharge of drainage waters from the left bank to Amudarya River has been created. In the future, it will eliminate the discharge of drainage waters from arable lands of Turkmenistan, will improve sanitary conditions and water provision of the population, soil conditions of arable lands in Dashoguz velayat.
Therefore, emergency reserve of water, which can be used for agricultural complex needs like rational use of water resources, solution of diversion of drainage waters and soil salinization, development of new lands, expansion of pastures as well as for irrigation and technical needs due to natural filtration and application of modern technologies. In the future, the creation of Altyn Asyr Lake will allow using formed water pools and diversion collectors for development of fishery. It will also support the improvement of industrial fishery in fishpond facilities of the country.
Already today, Altyn Asyr Turkmen Lake makes new favourable ecological and forage conditions for migrating birds in the areas of collector network in Central and Eastern Karakums while the lakes located along the course of Dashoguz diversion channel attract the wetland habitats like ducks, geese, coots, cormorants and other birds.
It already has numerous new places for nesting and hibernation. The flooding of Central Karakums makes positive effect on the condition of the population of hoofed animals, many of which are listed in the Red Book of Turkmenistan, like argali, kulan, Central Asian gazelle. The number of fauna species habituating near water is also growing.
It is remarkable that 293 species of flora where 210 of them have medicinal features grow in Karakum Desert. Due to special attention paid by Turkmen leader to protection and popularization of unique sanctuary zones of Karakum Desert, the country works on inclusion of the desert to the UNESCO World Heritage List.
After the night at «Altyn asyr türkmen köli» camp, the participants of Amul – Hazar 2018 rally raid will set off along the fourth part of the racetrack to «Sport meýdançasy» camp located 409 km away from artificial lake on Gamyshlaja Plateau in Balkan Velayat.
This part of the route expects the participants of the competition with additional challenges. The outcomes of another leg will show who would be able to overcome these challenges.
The Amul – Hazar 2018 rally raid started in the administrative center of Lebap province. On the eve of the competition, the crews underwent administrative checks and technical inspections, reviewed the course and received the race map containing the route list and the map of the area crossed by the rally course.
Under the regulations of the rally raid, the parc fermé with restricted access was created in the paddock where the crews brought their vehicles early in the morning. Embarking on their journey towards the starting line, the participants began preparations for the prologue, a qualification round that determines the starting order at the first stage of the rally. The prologue covers the distance of 9 km.
The motorcade of the President of Turkmenistan arrived at the venue of the official start of the race where the crews, technical staff, event organizers and supervisors, reporters and numerous guests gathered. The chair of the National Parliament, vice premiers, heads of military and law enforcement authorities and the governor of Lebap province were among the attendees.
President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov congratulated everyone on the start of the rally and opened the prologue, racing with number 10 on his sports car along the special track to once again demonstrate his brilliant driving skills.
Then President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov spoke with the director general of the Africa Eco Race who was involved in implementing the Amul – Hazar 2018 project, Jean-Louis Schlesser.
Amul – Hazar 2018 rally has started in Lebap Velayat. As is known, this unprecedented race along the Silk Road has been initiated by President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.
The fact of conducting Amul – Hazar 2018 rally, where the races from all over the world wished to participate, is another evidence of high international authority of Turkmenistan and recognition of the policy of peace, friendship and good neighbourliness pursued steadily by the Leader of the Nation.
Owing to the attention and efforts of the Head of the State, this grandiose project has been implemented six month after the idea of its organization has been proposed. Finally, this day has come! Racers from more than 20 countries like Great Britain, France, Czech Republic, Germany, Spain, Italy, Saudi Arabia and other have come to the city of Amudarya River. Geographical scale of the journalists and reporters, dozens of competent news agencies and international channels, sports internet portals is even bigger. From today, foreign spectators would be able to see the races by TV with their own eyes.
On the day before, the crews underwent administrative and technical inspections and studied the route. They have received the road maps composed of the road summary and location map, which the route runs through. Safety regulations, terms of the competitions and other details have been explained to the leaders of the race at the briefing. Ceremonial parade of the participants of the race received by Turkmen leader took place in the evening.
According to the rules of the rally, the start zone is subject to enclosed parking mode (area with limited access) where the crews brought their vehicles early in the morning. Shortly, everybody went to the starting point where the preparation to the first qualification round, the preface races, which defines starting positions of the first leg of the rally. The distance of qualification leg is 9 kilometres.
Before going to the start position, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov has donned his racing gear and made technical preparation of the vehicle.
Having arrived in his starting position, the Head of the State opened qualification round having driven his vehicle No. 100 on special track.
Being experienced sportsman and supporter of healthy life style, the President gives personal inspiring example to his compatriots especially to the youth. On that day, the Head of the State has demonstrated again his outstanding sport driving skills – his vehicle with number ‘100’ on the side has run off-road without reducing the speed at the turns and taking over natural obstacles.
After the leg, the President of Turkmenistan has a conversation with General Director of Africa Eco Race rally who was involved in implementation of Amul – Hazar 2018 project Jean Louis Schlesser who asked the Head of the State to share his impressions about the preface round.
In return, Turkmen leader congratulated famous racer on this sport events that started on the banks of Amudarya River. “Speaking of the track, it is obvious that like any other sportsman I was completely concentrated on it”, - President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov said.
Jean Louis Schlesser asked the opinion of the Head of the State about this grandiose event – International rally Amul – Hazar 2018 with the participation of numerous guests and about general idea of these competitions.
- Sport is always good as it unites the nations and countries. This is stability and peace on the planet. Therefore, I think that current competitions, where numerous sportsmen from different countries came, is great holiday. Eco rally raid Amul – Hazar 2018 is very important. Its name speaks that Turkmenistan has always been the heart of the Silk Road, which is revived in new format in our days. The participants of the competition will see historical route from Amul to Hazar with their own eyes; they will enjoy the beauty f the nature and landscapes of Turkmen land, its ancient monuments. The main route runs across Karakum Desert, which exoticism will inspire and give power to our guests, as I think, - the Head of the State answered.
Special attention has been paid to ecological status of the rally during the conversation. As this type of competitions is related with harmful CO2 emission, all ecological issues have been outlined among priority aspects during organization of the rally, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov said. Turkmenistan always pays great attention to environment protection in its policy, the Head of the State said, having highlighted that the participants of Amul – Hazar 2018 rally were provided with environmentally friendly fuel ECO 5 produced in Turkmenistan.
We also plan to produce environmentally friendly synthetic gasoline from natural gas, which will allow providing future development of this sport. The processes on the planet like global warming, natural disasters, etc., cause the formation of ecological responsibility and principle of careful treatment of the environment in the society. In this context, Turkmen leader highlighted that the United Nations General Assembly adopted relative Resolutions initiated by Turkmenistan.
Jean Louis Schlesser assured the Head of the State in the readiness and high interest of Africa Eco Race Organization in cooperation with our country as well as in the intent to tell to the whole world about the efforts taken by Turkmenistan to solve environment protection problems.
- Together with you, we have touched upon the subjects of eco rally raid related to ecological issues and environment, which is very topical today around the world, - President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov mentioned. The route of the rally Amul – Hazar 2018 is another important aspect. We give birth to new Silk Road, which plays significant role in transport and transit corridors sphere, formation of multimodal system and creation of modal highway and this is the main thing, the Head of the State highlighted. This is a matter of geo-economy and geo-politics and our initiatives f transport and transit corridors field were supported by relative Resolutions of the United Nations General assembly, the Head of the State highlighted.
Having expressed Jean Louis Schlesser for his significant work, the President noted high professional level of organisation team of current international competitions, having addressed them gratitude and wished success, happy journey and new achievements to the sportsmen.
The Head of the State and Jean Louis Schlesser exchanged the visions of special features of the route of Amul – Hazar 2018 race. French professional stated high organizational level of the competitions, having expressed the gratitude again to Turkmen leader Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov for support and personal participation as well as for the time spared for the conversation.
In the meantime, qualification races took place.
Thereafter, the first leg of the competitions, which distance is 247 kilometres, has started.
The vehicles of the participants of the rally, all 83 crews, took their positions on the start line of the first part and shortly, headed their way in equal intervals. The race has started!
Peculiar journey to the history of Turkmen nation has started together with the race as beside sport component of the competitions, the project Amul – Hazar 2018 has very important cultural mission opening an excellent opportunity to introduce unique heritage of the country to the world. Ancient settlement of Amul located next to the entry to Turkmenabat became the starting point of the rally raid.
Once upon a time, it used to be rich trade city with loud bazaars and boiling life in caravansaries. One of the main directions of the Silk Road run via this place. Diplomatic, economic, scientific relations between the West and East countries were supported along the track. The caravans of camels loaded with various goods were the main means of international cooperation and were protected by the rulers as saturating the markets of the countries they supported economic development.
Amul appeared in the flood plain of great Amudarya River in I – IV centuries as one of strategically important locations of Kushan Empire. Event today, melted walls of its palace and stronghold, which was used just 100 years ago, raise above the plain. The development of the city falls on IX – XII centuries when its ‘rabad’ (trade and industrial district) has reached 175 hectares in size, having become the crossroad of the main trade routes of the region.
President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov notes in his book “Turkmenistan – the Heart of the Great Silk Road” that active international contacts could not help influencing the development of cultures of various nations, through which countries they were made. That is why the Silk Road was one of the most important achievements of ancient civilizations, which allowed connecting various nations on huge spaces from Europe to China in the history of humankind. Therefore, it is quite obvious that it is not a certain city or monument but the Silk Road itself as historical and cultural phenomenon and as series of facilities, which were proposed for nomination to the World Heritage List by the UNESCO Committee proposal. Each country participating in this nomination including Turkmenistan have chosen several dozens of caravansaries, ancient strongholds, local sanctuaries and other facilities related to the main caravan routes.
It includes Amul as well, to touch the history of which the participants of the rally are able, having left from this place as a caravans in the old days through the space and time to Ancient Merv and the country of Margush. Of course, the speeds are different today and capability of equipment grow every day but the concept of transport remains the same. This is the movement and unification! This is the opening of new horizons and opportunities! This is the intent to prosperity and progress! All these ideas have been laid into the foundation of transport policy of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.
Caravan of racing vehicles painted with the flags and emblems of Amul – Hazar 2018 rally will be another conductor of this policy, having announced about Turkmenistan to the world as the country willing for wide international cooperation and search for new ways of rapprochement, communication and solution of common universal objectives.
Undoubtedly, the sport is a core of the versatility of this project uniting various dimensions and concepts. Will to win and healthy spirit of the competitions, which are the main target of sport development in our country, is one of them.
The idea of International rally, mass field and track cross and cycling race along the Silk Road proposed by Turkmen leader was accepted enthusiastically by all compatriots but the sportsmen were the most enthusiastic and expressed deep gratitude to the Leader of the Nation for his care and attention. At this competition, our country was represented by 15 teams from the Motor Sports Centre of the Ministry of Interior and National Motor Sports Federation, which were selected during qualification round in May this year. The President of Turkmenistan took part in that races himself, having demonstrated an outstanding result.
The Head of the State pays utmost attention to the creation of necessary conditions in the country for big international competitions, giving them the role of events that unite the nations and cultures and able to support the consolidation of peace and friendship in the region and on the planet.
Large-scale work for formation of relative modern infrastructure is expanded in the country and at the same time, targeted measures for assertion of the principles of healthy and active life style, involvement of Turkmenistan citizens, especially the youth, to regular sports and physical training exercises are taken. In this context, the rally with the participation of the teams from many countries will not only support the enhancement of sport prestige of our country but also will popularize various sports including the motor sport.
Matters of further coordination of activities for provision of high level of organization of the competitions have been discussed at the session with the participation of the heads of the Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs, other structures and student voluntaries at S. Seydi Turkmen State Pedagogic Institute. Operational plans has been clarified in working order, duties and areas of responsibility of all assisting groups have been discussed.
Undoubtedly, Amul – Hazar 2018 race will be remembered for long time to numerous guests and will be another contribution of the country to the assertion of the roe of sports as a messenger of peace and friendship.
The participants of the race will be able to see natural beauties of Turkmenistan, its unique landscapes with their own eyes, to touch ethnographic originality of national culture and feel the breath of new dynamic time.
Four main camping sites are located along the route – camp ‘Mary’ in Mary Velayat, ‘Garagum ýalkymy’ in Ahal Velayat, ‘Altyn Asyr türkmen köli’ in Dashoguz Velayat and ‘Sport meýdançasy’ in Balkan Velayat. The finish is planned in Avaza National tourist zone. The length of entire route is 1,571 kilometres. Ambulance and fire service teams are on duty in technical service centres located along entire route. Landing pads for small aircrafts were built next to all camping sites.
Helicopters follow the crews on all parts of the distance. They not only broadcast the race but also monitor the situation in order to provide emergency response. Safety of people and environment is dominating principle of organization and conduct of Amul - Hazar rally. The fact that many famous teams and racers wanted to participate in this debut project gives reason to think that Turkmen rally will enter the calendar of prestigious motor sport events in the future.
Indeed, there are such world status series as Dakar – the most complicated high-rank competitions gathering the best pilots of the planet (it is not held in Africa any more). It was replaced with Africa Eco Race, which route runs across Morocco, Mauritania and Senegal. There is also the Silk Road rally raid, which was first held in 2009 by the initiative of Turkmen leader Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and today these competitions became some kind of European Championship. Amul – Hazar is able to take the place among these tournaments taking into account ecological approach, which has been successfully implemented by Jean Louis Schlesser in Africa Eco Race. Current race across the desert is qualification tour of African eco raid.
The participants of the raid had to drive along the first special section, which required not only the speed of the pilots but also the attention of the navigators. The result on the Karakum track mainly depended on their concentration.
The race running across unknown, sometime difficult terrain is a big challenge. But this is the way the abilities and character of the crews, their coordination as well as the durability of the vehicles are tested. Rally raid is the risk and adventure, which put the friendship, honour and team spirit above all. The winners considered to be everyone who reached the final and not only those who came first.
… The moment came and the vehicles started to come one after another to the finish line. The crew of the vehicle under No. 100 was the first!
Soon, the racers are expected at the camping site built next to administrative border of Lebap and Mary velayats, 250 km away from Mary. At the camping site, the participants of the rally were met with music and dances, they receive memorable gifts. They have also been accommodated and had tasty dinner.
In the meantime, mechanics started to inspect the vehicles. Their objective was to check and repair the vehicle shall it be necessary. Technical maintenance and service vehicles, organizers, journalists and support personnel have arrived there before the crews by normal roads.
The horsemen on Ahalteke horses lined up along the perimeter of the camp as if protecting huge herd of iron horses. The colours of oriental bazaar were added to the atmosphere of the camp by the tents with national decorative and applied art items. Exposition of bright ornamented carpets and original felt goods, hand-made embroideries, original souvenirs with ethnic motifs was continued by the exhibition of modern Turkmen textile.
In addition to gracious ahalteke horses, the foreign guests were conquered by alabay puppies, which they made friends with right away, having recognized cute image of Vepaly in them, which decorates the vehicles and numerous banners.
Other racing round will take place on the next day, September 12. The pilots will enter another leg of the race, having entered 228 kilometres part of the route. Next camping site will expect them in the centre of Turkmen desert in the place with poetic name “The Shine of the Karakums”
On the same day, after completion of the events, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov left for Ashgabat.
The Embassy of Turkmenistan in Georgia held a briefing dedicated to the International Rally “Amul -Hazar 2018”Friday, 10 August 2018 17:15
On August 10 , 2018, the Embassy of Turkmenistan in Georgia held the briefing dedicated to the grand sports event - International Rally “Amul-Hazar 2018”, which will be held on September 11-15, 2018 in Turkmenistan.
The briefing was attended by representatives of the “Georgian Business Week”, newspapers of ”Resonance”, “Multinational Georgia”, “Free Georgia”, international magazine “Geo Traveler”, “News Day Georgia” news agency, “Sputnik” international news agency, “TV-24” channel and others.
In his speech, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Turkmenistan in Georgia D. Muratov underlined that this year, which is held under the motto “Turkmenistan is the heart of the Great Silk Road, Turkmenistan has revived its significance as a key link of this ancient route. This grand sports event will be a unique opportunity to present both the past and the present of the Great Silk Road, which today, thanks to energetic efforts and constructive international policy of the Esteemed President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, is reborn again, connecting countries and peoples.
During the briefing, media representatives were provided with detailed information on the Rally “Amul-Hazar 2018”, on the enormous preparatory work, which is personally patronized by the Esteemed President of Turkmenistan.
It was mentioned that big competitions in Turkmenistan on one of the most spectacular and popular sports attract keen interest of the world community. This is indicated by the wish of the sportsmen and teams from various states to take part in the races, which route would run along the Silk Road and through magnificent Karakum Desert. This competition will be true historical event of Turkmen motorsport and will serve to the improvement of the world authority of Turkmenistan
At the end of the briefing, a video about the rally “Amul-Hazar 2018” was demonstrated. Representatives of the Georgian media expressed their gratitude to the Embassy of Turkmenistan and personally to the Ambassador of Turkmenistan in Georgia D. Muratov for organizing and conducting the briefing. Having noted that the competitions will contribute to widening the humanitarian dialogue and developing sports in general, they wished the Rally to be successful.
Up to 2,000 protesters attended a rally in Kyiv on Nov. 27 in support of early parliamentary elections and ex-Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili’s newly-created political movement, called the Movement of New Forces. Saakashvili resigned as governor of Odesa Oblast on Nov. 7, accusing President Petro Poroshenko of blocking his efforts to reduce corruption in the region’s law enforcement bodies, civil service and customs – a claim denied by the president’s representatives. Saakashvili later announced plans to launch a political party in an effort to come to power and replace Ukraine’s political establishment.
The speakers at the rally drew parallels with their movement and the 2014 EuroMaidan Revolution, which ousted ex-President Viktor Yanukovych, and used EuroMaidan slogans.
The place where the rally was held, the crossing of Hrushevsky Street and Muzeiny Alley, was the scene of violent clashes during the revolution in January 2014. It is also close to the office of Saakashvili’s movement.
“There are so many of us here in this place where citizens took power into their own hands three years ago,” said Denys Brodsky, a former reformist head of the National Civil Service Agency and moderator of the rally. “Right here the nation woke up… Your presence here proves that the Maidan’s cause has not been accomplished. Time is up – the last winter of this parliament is at hand.”
Saakashvili also alluded to Vyacheslav Chornovil, a leader of Ukraine’s 1990s independence movement with whom he had been acquainted, since the rally was held in front of a monument to him.
“We are launching a movement that will change the course of our country’s history,” Saakashvili said. “The oligarchic parliament does not reflect the people’s will, contradicts Ukraine’s national interests and threatens the future of our children.”
He called for changing the electoral law to make it easier for non-oligarchic parties to get into parliament, replacing the discredited Central Election Commission, abolishing parliamentary immunity from prosecution and holding snap parliamentary elections.
“(Those in power) know that a wave is rising that will wipe them from the face of the earth and will release the nation from their tentacles,” Saakashvili said.
He also argued that the fate of both Ukraine and Europe depended on whether the nation got rid of its corrupt elite and carried out reforms.
“Not only Ukraine’s independence is at stake but the freedom of the whole of Europe,” Saakashvili said. “Today Ukraine is an outpost of the free world.
The platform of Saakashvili’s movement, as announced by him, includes “uncompromising reforms, zero tolerance for corruption, a total purge of state institutions, jailing thieves in government, freeing the people and businesses from the regulatory burden, a steep cut in taxes and simplifying tax collection.” Other aspects include “fundamental judicial reform, radical liberalization of the old oligarchic economy, the reform of education, healthcare, and social policy and introducing law and order – at a lightning speed, uncompromisingly and – if necessary – very severely,” he said.
Yulia Marushevska, a Saakashvili ally and ex-head of Odesa Oblast’s customs, also spoke at the protest. She argued that “unfortunately corruption in this country is spearheaded by the president.” President Petro Poroshenko has denied the accusations.
Nazar Nagiev, a veteran of the war with Russia who attended the rally, told the Kyiv Post that “nothing is changing in this country.” “That’s why we decided to support him,” he said. We’re hoping for something new.” He also jokingly suggested sending the whole of the Ukrainian parliament as soldiers to the war zone. “Let them gobble worm-eaten porridge for half a year,” he said. “We, the war veterans, will drive all these scoundrels out.”
Despite all the attempt of National Movement to show us a huge wave of its supporters, they couldn’t do that yesterday- One of the leader of Georgian Dream Manana Kobakhidze said it at press conference. As she added, it is unfortunate that some of the citizens have been paid by National Movement to take part in the protest rally.
As Manana Kobakhidze stated, everyone has a right to hold a demonstration but the motivation is always important. “When people take money to attend a demonstration this means that people need money,”-she said.
The pre election protest rally organized by the United National Movement has begun at Rose Square. The partial leaders deliver speech to partial supporters.
There is a special scene at Rose Square where the leaders deliver speeches. Supporters of United National Movement from Tbilisi and regions are gathered there.