April 2-4, 2015


Ashgabat, Turkmenistan


2 Full Days


By Expert Speakers

Welcome / Turkmenistan International Sports Media Forum 2015

The 5th Asian Indoor Martial Arts Games Executive Committee and Turkmenistan National Olympic Committee are delighted to be welcoming the world’s media back to Ashgabat to attend the 2nd Turkmenistan International Sports Media Forum, from April 2-4 2015. This high profile Forum is part of a three-year series of media and sports-related events taking place over the next three years in the build up to Turkmenistan hosting the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games (AIMAG) in 2017.

The Turkmenistan International Sports Media Forum 2015 is a two-day event taking place in the country’s capital – Ashgabat. Delegates will participate in thought-provoking discussions and debates across a diverse range of topics surrounding planning for a major sports event in the 21st century. The trip will close with a visit to the brand new, state-of-the-art Ashgabat Olympic Complex, where delegates will be able to visit the outstanding 157-hectare development and hear about its construction.

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About / Turkmenistan International Sports Media Forum 2015

The Turkmenistan International Sports Media Forum 2015 (TISMF 2015) is a two-day event taking place in Ashgabat from April 2-4 2015. Following the worldwide success of the launch event in 2013, Turkmenistan continues to open its doors to the international media offering journalists from around the world the opportunity to visit the country and hear about its plans for hosting the 5th Asian and Indoor and Martial Arts Games (AIMAG) in 2017.

TISMF 2015 is the perfect opportunity for the international media to experience first-hand Turkmenistan's developments in sports infrastructure and hear about the country's visions and future goals in sport.

Delegates will be welcomed to Ashgabat and taken on a guided tour of the city on the afternoon of arrival. This tour will be an opportunity to visit some of the local museums and monuments making it the ideal way to learn about the country’s history, culture and traditions.

Day one will commence with an Opening Ceremony involving traditional Turkmen music and martial arts performances. This will be followed by VIP access to the Asiada-2017 conference, where delegates will hear about the role of Turkmenistan in the development of sport for progress and peace. This prestigious event is supported by the UN and will be attended by Mr Wilfried Lemke, Special Adviser to the UN Secretary General on Sport for Development and Peace. In addition to attending this conference there may also be an opportunity to interview Mr Lemke and other VIP speakers.

In the afternoon, TISMF 2015 will take place. The Forum will consist of a range of presentations and panel discussions led by industry experts and Olympic family representatives. A diverse range of topics will be covered, including:

  • What makes a 21st century sports capital?
  • The impact of sport: securing legacy for new mega-event hosts
  • Redrawing the sports map: hosting mega-events in a connected 21st century
  • Re-writing the rules: Olympic Agenda 2020 and its impact on global sport

Day one will end with delegates attending a local sports match.

After a light breakfast on the morning of day two, delegates will be taken on a private tour of the Olympic Complex, where they will be some of the first in the world to walk around the newly completed stadiums and venues. This guided tour will provide a good understanding of the development that the country is making in preparation for hosting the AIMAG 2017 and other major sporting events.

In the afternoon of day two delegates will have free time to explore Ashgabat further by visiting the newly opened Berkarar Shopping Mall - the largest in the capital.

Day two will end with a Gala Dinner where delegates will have the chance to experience the local Turkmen culture and traditions and sample some of the traditional gourmet food that Turkmenistan has to offer.

Objectives / TISMF 2015 has the following objectives:

To use sport as a window to the world for Turkmenistan

  • By presenting the brand new, state-of-the-art Ashgabat Olympic Complex which will host the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in 2017
  • By communicating Turkmenistan’s developments in sport infrastructure and athlete investment
  • By sharing Turkmenistan’s plans and visions for the future as a world-class host of international sport

To continue to build and develop strong, positive relationships with the world’s media

  • By recognising the importance of the media in world sport
  • By involving the media in Turkmenistan’s sporting journey
  • By showing the media what Turkmenistan truly has to offer as a host of international sport

To continue to be a host of high-level, engaging events in the lead-up to Ashgabat hosting the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in 2017

  • By hosting TISMF 2015, which will involve cutting-edge discussions on planning for a major sports event in the 21st century, led by industry experts
  • By engaging increasingly with the Olympic family and wider sporting world
  • By developing Turkmenistan’s credentials as a host of international events

To share Turkmenistan’s sporting and cultural riches with the world

  • By giving the world’s media an opportunity to experience Turkmenistan’s warm hospitality, rich culture and traditions
  • By building awareness of Turkmenistan’s future visions and future goals within sport
  • By demonstrating the real passion for sport which exists in Turkmenistan

Provisional Agenda / Please be advised that the agenda is subject to change and will be updated regularly.

Media arrive in Ashgabat


Cultural tour and activities

Free time


End of day 1



Opening Ceremony for the Asiada-2017 Conference

Asiada-2017 Conference

Coffee Break

Asiada-2017 Conference continues


Tour of Olympic Complex

Free time


End of day one


Opening Ceremony for TISMF 2015

Opening Remarks

Welcome Speech

Session 1: How Hosting Major International Sporting Events can propel nations onto the world’s sporting stage

Session 2: Olympic Agenda – Rewriting the Rules

Session 3: Kazan – a City of Great Sporting Opportunities

Session 4: Panel Discussion - Sport's Brave New World

Coffee break

TISMF 2015 recommences

Session 5: A New Vision for Peace and Sport through Sport Peace Corps

Session 6: The Importance of University Sport in Modern Society: Tendencies and Opportunities

Session 7: Brands, Fans and the Digital Dimension

Session 8: Panel Discussion - More Than A Game

Closing Remarks

Turkmenistan International Sports Media Forum 2015 closes


Depart to watch sports match

Visit to Berkerar Shopping Mall

Gala Dinner

End of day two


Media depart Ashgabat

Event Sponsors / Turkmenistan International Sports Media Forum 2015

Event Speakers / Meet our experts

Elena Anikina

Director of International Cooperation, Russian Olympic Committee

Chungwon Choue

President, World Taekwondo Federation

Jim Glover

Deputy Chairman, CSM

Azat Kadyrov

Director General, ANO "Executive Directorate for Sports Projects"

Oleg Matytsin

First Vice President, FISU

Gianni Merlo

President, AIPS

Kevin Roberts

Founding Editor, SportBusiness

Jon Tibbs

Chairman, JTA

Event Location

Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

Contact Us / Any enquiries