White marble-cladded Ashgabat is regarded as the pearl of the Central Asia. Actually, Ashgabat bears several titles such as the Pearl City of Turkmenistan, the White-Marble City, the City of Love etc. The most recent title of Ashgabat is the City of Health, Inspiration and Friendship because the city is becoming a sports hub.
Year by year the number and level of international sporting events hosted by Ashgabat is increasing. These days Ashgabat is preparing to welcome the World Weightlifting Championship. The 2018 IWF World Championships will be held on 1 November - 10 November at the excellent sports facilities of the top-class Ashgabat Olympic Complex.
These facilities have already proved themselves as full-scale venues to organize top-tier sports events, by successfully hosting international sporting events, such as 2017 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games.
In order to make sure that the WWC is held at the highest level, the Organizing Committee is putting great efforts during the last several months. According to the current schedule, more than 1000 athletes and coaches from over 100 countries, as well as, hundreds of officials from the International Weightlifting Federation, other sports organizations and mass media are expected to join the championship event. Currently, Sport Hotel and athlete hotels of Olympic Complex are planned for their comfortable accommodation. At the same time, Sport Hotel will host the Congress of the International Weightlifting Federation and the conferences and other meetings of the relevant IWF committees.
Events will take place at the Martial Arts Arena, which is one of the facilities of the Olympic Complex with rich sporting history. All favorable conditions will be established there for athletes, technical officials, mass media and spectators, which is the largest customer group of the event. Overlay and facilities will be set up for more than 1700 spectators, athletes and accredited sports officials. There will be media offices, VIP, lounges, meeting rooms, medical offices, anti-doping center, warm-up zone, lodges and other amenities of high quality.
The Organizing Committee of World Weightlifting Championship will make every effort to ensure the world-class organization of the event.