President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov answers the questions of Turkmen journalists

President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov who is currently on his leave in Caspian coast, reviewed the preparation of International rally Amul - Hazar 2018 and inspected the works at final stage of the races.

Early in the morning, the Head of the State came to the starting point of the final section of coming rally where he was met by the representatives of the press.

Having greeted mass media personnel, the Head of the State made special mention of international significance of coming competitions. While being an important historical event in the life of the country, rally Amul – Hazar 2018 also indicates growing authority of the country in the world arena. Continuing the subject, the President of Turkmenistan told about the features of the route and about its difficult parts, having noted natural and landscape originality of its sections in each region it runs through.

After, the Head of the State answered the questions of the journalists. The first question was about the importance of the rally and its relation with policy in the sports sphere of Turkmenistan.

President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted that we would continue trying to make every citizen follow healthy life style. Our success in sport sphere improve international authority of the Motherland and we all are witnessing this. Turkmens are friendly and peaceful nation and it is known in all continents. Last year, V Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games, which by its scale can be compared to the Olympic Games, were successfully held in Ashgabat on the highest level. Asian Games 2017 has aroused wide response in the world. I think that our future is physically fit generation, which has to make significant input to large-scale reforms in the country, the Head of the State highlighted.

Answering the questions about the route of the race running across golden sand spaces of the Karakums and if the Head of the State has already driven along that track, Turkmen leader noted that this is new road for him. President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov said that being both the theorist and practitioner at the same time, first, he studies the route in details to find the best solutions for successful overcome. Using the map, the Head of the State explained the complications of this part of the route followed from natural features of area. The track runs along the Caspian coast and has several hard turns, one of which is at the finish. So to speak, one wheel will be in the sea while another in the desert. The distance is 18 kilometres and everything will be clear once on the road.

The next question was about new vehicle presented there. At the same time, it was highlighted that Turkmenistan citizens sincerely love virtuosic skills of the Leader of the Nation in driving racing car and led by example, which is indicated by numerous mail and phone calls to mass media.

In this regard, the Head of the State highlighted again that it is necessary to study all specifications of this vehicle that was delivered from Germany before making any statements. It participated in Dakkar races and won the gold several times.

Answering the question on the idea of his own assembly of high-speed car, the President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted that having tried his vehicle driving on the sand, he understood that there are some technical problems, which need to be corrected. First, the engine is heating up a lot in our weather, which requires the improvement of the cooling system protecting the engine from overheating. Second, it is necessary to make something to stop the wheels being stuck in the sand. The Head of the State said that taking into account technical requirements of the vehicle, the referees considered that the vehicle has not been yet ready for the races. However, it would be able to be used in a month or so as it has very good potential as making the first drawings of new construction of off-road vehicle, which would be able to take over the sands, all important parameters like the complexity of landscape, trajectory of the track, etc. were accounted. It turned to be good vehicle for desert roads after all mathematic and geometric calculations and technical improvements.

The next question of the journalist was about the active holiday of the Head of the State. Even now, despite the leave, the President of Turkmenistan combines the rest with the state affairs dedicating all his time to care of people, sports, youth and future of the country. Turkmen citizens feel the efficiency of the policy “The State for Human!” every day and hour writing new pages to the chronicles of the Motherland.

President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted that individual has always be on the move – he can work and rest and be always involved in some activity. Only in this case, the life becomes interesting. Turkmens are very wise, hardworking and sensible nation. They have a saying “Who wake up early can finish everything”. Man should get used to the work from early ages. Then his life will be interesting and he will appreciate this. For example, we used to go to the countryside when we were children, we used to like to work with shovel early in the morning ploughing the soil. I think the ability to work hard and have a good rest is the greatest happiness, the President said.

The next question from the representatives of the press touched upon the subject of international significance of Amul – Hazar 2018 races, which were forestalled by Kazan – Ashgabat races back in 2009 as well as on the succession of sport events.

Speaking of the difference of coming rally from other international analogues including the Dakar series, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov highlighted that Turkmenistan pays attention to the open door policy and ecological aspect, which is directly related to the strategy of the country’s development including its industrialization. Project of construction of new plant for production of synthetic gasoline, which is thought to be the most friendly from environmental point of view, is aimed at the achievement of the objective for ecological prosperity.

Great attention is also paid today to the electronics. Therefore, the Head of the State continued, we need some time to test the electric vehicles. Taking into account their specification in arid zone especially in Turkmenistan. The Head of the State noted that earlier, he has spoken several times about the necessity of profile scientific and technical researches, which outcomes would be implemented in our country’s conditions. The future is in ecology, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov highlighted, having expressed the confidence that rally Amul – Hazar 2018 would prove again the importance of the relations between ecological factor with any events including international motorsport competitions. By the way, we call coming competitions as echo – rally – ride, what speaks if itself.

This is seen very appropriate in the light of the initiative of the Head of the State on inclusion of Karakum Desert to the UNESCO World Heritage List.

In this context, the subject of ecological prosperity and improvement of the biosphere of Caspian Sea, which would be discussed during the summit of Caspian states on August 12, is very important. It is worth mentioning here that our rally finishes at the coast of Caspian Sea, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov said.