Brunswick Bowling has signed a deal to supply and install all of the bowling equipment for the 32-lane National Bowling Stadium of Turkmenistan, currently under construction in the capital city of Ashgabat.
The stadium is slated to be one of 12 world-class competition venues that will comprise the Ashgabat Olympic Complex, the host site for the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games (AIMAG). The 2017 edition of these Games is scheduled to pit 62 competing nations (the most ever) in19 sports ranging from tennis to cycling to bowling, and jujitsu to kickboxing to basketball.
The Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games are one of several major international sporting events organized by the Olympic Council of Asia (OAC), which is the governing body of sports in Asia. The upcoming 5th AIMAG will be the first such event held in a Central Asian country.
According to Azat Muradov, the Turkmenistan National Olympic Committee General Secretary, hosting the AIMAG will be “an effective tool to improve the country’s international reputation and build a healthy society.
“Our nation’s ultimate goal will be hosting the Asian Games in the future,” added Muradov, referring to the OAC’s most prestigious event. The fact that bowling is the only sport played at both the AIMAG and the flagship Asian Games makes that strategy all the more viable.
Bowling’s inclusion in high-profile international games such as the AIMAG may also bode well for getting the sport included in the quadrennial summer (or winter) Olympic Games. This view is held most prominently by Kevin Dornberger, President of World Bowling.
“Having bowling included at major international competitions such as the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games is critical to the sport’s path to the Olympics,” said Dornberger. “Brunswick continues to be our valued ‘Friends of Bowling’ partner in the Olympic effort. They have played a key role in advancing our sport internationally for many decades now — and their efforts will be instrumental to our success moving forward.”
“We’re honored and delighted to win this contract,” said Brunswick Bowling President Brent Perrier. “The AIMAG organizing committee is committed to building only the finest, world-class competition venues to host these prestigious Games, and we are thrilled that they have selected our equipment for their facility.”
Turkmenistan is located in Central Asia, and is bordered by Kazakhstan to the northwest, Uzbekistan to the north and east, Afghanistan to the southeast, Iran to the south and southwest, and the Caspian Sea to the west.