DAILY NEWS HERALD
DAILY NEWS HERALD #164
Public Relations and Mass Media Department of the MFA
August 25, 2018
VISIT OF THE PRESIDENT OF UZBEKISTAN TO TURKMENISTAN.. 1
Regional cooperation in solving the Aral problem comes to a new level 1
Uzbekistan: Investments in Production. 4
Uzbekistan: Local Crudes for Road Construction. 4
Central Asia - the priority of foreign policy of Uzbekistan.. 5
Uzbekistan entrepreneurs took part at the International Exhibition. 5
International relationships. 5
Meetings of the russian delegation. 5
Uzbekistan – Belarus cooperation expands. 5
Uzbekistan: Special Attitude to a Sensitive Sphere. 6
Asian Games: Athletes of Uzbekistan are among the best 8
VISIT OF THE PRESIDENT OF UZBEKISTAN TO TURKMENISTAN
Regional cooperation in solving the Aral problem comes to a new level
The President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev arrived in the city of Turkmenbashi to attend the meeting of the Council of Heads of the Founder States of the International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea.
Officials led by Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers of Turkmenistan E.Orazgeldyev met the President of Uzbekistan at Turkmenbashi international airport.
As previously reported, the leaders of Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan will attend the regular meeting of the Council of Heads of the Founder States of the International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea, which will be held at Avaza tourism zone.
At the summit, the heads of states will consider current issues of cooperation of the Central Asian countries on improving the ecological state of the Aral Sea basin in the context of global climate change.
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The President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev met with the President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov in Avaza tourism zone of the city of Turkmenbashi.
Uzbekistan – Turkmenistan relations are developing rapidly. An important role in this first of all is played by sincere friendship, mutual trust and support between the heads of the two states.
Regular summits testify to the actively developing interstate relations. Thus, the state visit of the Head of Turkmenistan to Uzbekistan in April this year gave a new dynamic to cooperation between the two countries.
The current meeting of the heads of states has become a logical continuation of a mutually beneficial, fruitful and active dialogue.
Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov welcomed the President of Uzbekistan in the Turkmen land and noted that the summit of the heads of the Founder States of the International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea is a good opportunity to discuss both bilateral and multilateral cooperation.
Shavkat Mirziyoyev highly appreciated the initiatives implemented during Turkmenistan’s chairmanship in the International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea and noted that the projects and efforts of Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan in this sphere complement each other.
The current state and prospects of bilateral cooperation was discussed at the meeting. It was noted that the state visit of the President of Turkmenistan to Uzbekistan in April of this year brought the multifaceted cooperation to a qualitatively new level.
Attention has also been paid to implementation of the agreements reached earlier. Issues of strengthening relations of strategic partnership, development of cooperation in political, trade-economic, transport-communication, industrial, cultural-humanitarian and other spheres have been considered.
The sides exchanged views on the issues of regional and international agenda, which are of mutual interest.
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Meeting of the Council of Heads of the Founder States of the International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea has started in Avaza tourism zone in the city of Turkmenbashi.
Heads of the Founder States of the IFAS held a meeting in a narrow format. President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev, President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, President of the Republic of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon, President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev, President of the Kyrgyz Republic Sooronbay Jeenbekov attended the meeting.
Issues of improving activities of the fund, improving the environmental situation in the region, coordinated water resources management, strengthening cooperation of Central Asian countries in this direction were discussed at the meeting.
The International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea is a regional organization established by Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan in order to eliminate the ecological crisis and improve the socio-economic situation in the Aral Sea basin. The founder states alternately chair the fund for a three-year period, and the President of the International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea is alternately elected from among the heads of states of Central Asia. Turkmenistan chairs the Fund from 2017 to 2019.
It should be noted that this summit began after the 2009 historic meeting of the fund in Tashkent. At Tashkent meeting of the heads of the founder states, measures were identified on implementation of important efforts for preventing an environmental catastrophe in the region.
Today, when the ecological situation in the Aral Sea region becomes irreparable and the negative impact of which is increasingly expanding, the unity of opinions and views of the heads of states in issues of ensuring social, economic and environmental security is of particular importance.
Over the past period, a number of treaties and agreements on cooperation for addressing complex water management issues in the region, water distribution, joint management, use and protection of water resources in the Aral Sea basin have been signed within the framework of the IFAS.
Uzbekistan implemented large-scale projects on stabilizing the environmental situation, improving the living conditions of the population in the Aral Sea area. About 350 thousand hectares of protective plantings of saxaul and other salt tolerant plants are planted on the drained area of the Aral Sea. The total area of such territories is about 700 thousand hectares.
More than 500 projects have been implemented within the framework of Comprehensive Program of Measures on mitigating the consequences of the Aral catastrophe and development of the Aral Sea region, designed for 2013-2017. More than half of them are of national character.
Investment projects are being implemented on improving the socio-economic situation, improving living standards, mitigating the consequences of the environmental disaster in the Aral Sea area within the framework of the State Program on Development of the Aral Sea region for 2018-2021, adopted on the initiative of President Shavkat Mirziyoyev.
The Aral Sea Region Development Fund has been created under the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Uzbekistan, to which over 200 billion sums have been allocated. Due to these funds, measures are being taken on improvement of water supply, living conditions of the population of the Republic of Karakalpakstan and Khorezm region.
At the meeting, it was noted that water cooperation in Central Asia has significantly increased, bilateral and multilateral projects on the use and management of water resources in the countries of the region are being implemented. Issues of consolidating the efforts of the Central Asian countries on mitigating the consequences of the Aral problem, saving water and improving the ecological situation in the region, attracting foreign investment in development and introduction of environmentally friendly technologies for the Aral Sea region were discussed.
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After the meeting in a narrow format, a meeting of the Heads of the Founder States of the International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea was held in an expanded format. It was attended by members of the delegations of Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, representatives of international organizations and financial institutions, experts for ecology and water management issues.
The President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev addressed the meeting.
The President of Uzbekistan noted that under the chairmanship of Turkmenistan a large-scale activity is carried out on improvement and development of activities of this multilateral structure, raising its international authority.
– The current historic meeting of the heads of the founder states of the fund, which takes place after a nearly ten-year break, will open a new page in activities of our organization, will give a powerful impetus to the regional partnership in Central Asia. Today we reaffirm our readiness for cooperation, – said Shavkat Mirziyoyev.
It was noted that consequences of the drying up of the Aral Sea are exacerbated, the desert that has arisen there continues to capture the Aral Sea region, which leads to a shortage of water resources, a decrease in the quality of drinking water, land degradation, a sharp decrease in biodiversity and other serious environmental changes. In this regard, this summit is important for combining efforts to overcome the consequences of this catastrophe and improve the socio-economic situation in the Aral Sea area, to solve the water and environmental problems of the region, taking into account the common interests of our countries.
The International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea is the only regional organization in this direction and today it can become an effective mechanism for cooperation between our countries. I am confident that we will be able to achieve a balance of interests of all countries of the region within the organization, because our common future is in our hands, the Head of the state said.
The President of Uzbekistan forwarded important proposals on improving activities of the International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea, attracting innovative solutions and foreign investment in the region, developing a green economy, carrying out scientific research and other issues.
At the meeting, the heads of states noted that ensuring security and stability in Central Asia is directly related to issues of sharing common water resources, weighted solutions in this direction will serve the well-being of the countries of the region. It was emphasized that this problem cannot be solved without taking into account the interests of all countries and people of the region.
At the meeting with representatives of the mass media, the Presidents noted that this summit started a new stage in activities of the fund, implementation of proposals forwarded at the meeting will serve to further development of multifaceted relations aimed at improving the life of people of Central Asia.
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Following the results of the meeting of the Council of Heads of the Founder States of the International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea, held in the city of Turkmenbashi, a briefing was held for representatives of the mass media.
This has been reported by the Press Service of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan.
The heads of states noted that the parties agreed to work together for overcoming the consequences of the Aral tragedy, improving the socio-economic situation in the Aral Sea region, addressing water and environmental problems in the region.
Shavkat Mirziyoyev noted that the Aral problem is an urgent issue concerning the life and future of the whole region, issues that have been accumulated over a long period of time were openly and constructively discussed during the negotiations, it has been decided to switch from words to practical action.
Proposals and projects forwarded by Uzbekistan were supported by the founder states.
Uzbekistan: Investments in Production
The company Chiroqchi Dala Shpatli Quartz in the Kashkadarya region receives from the sand extracted from the bottom of rivers and mountain streams, an important raw material for industry - feldspar. In the near future, it intends not only to increase the volume and range of products, but also export them.
Feldspar is used by companies specializing in the supply of drinking water, as a special filter for its purification from various impurities. In addition, it is an important raw material in the production of various building materials, in particular, sewer pipes, clay, glassware and other goods.
“The enterprise started work in 2011,” says its CEO Shomurod Kilichev. “Our products are in good demand in the foreign market. For example, last year we sold products worth more than 1 billion soums (currency rates of CB RU from 25.08.2018, 1$= 7803.79 soums) in the domestic market, while goods worth $ 40,000 were exported to Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan. We have big plans. We want to establish the production of glass products. If this project is implemented, hundreds of new jobs will be created. We intend to implement this project on the territory of the district quarter Yettitom. Currently we are studying the experience of foreign glass manufacturing enterprises. Having thoroughly developed the project, we will choose the finest option and proceed to construction. At the same time, we are actively working to further increase the production capacity of feldspar, attract new customers.
The process of working at the enterprise is simple: the sand brought from the Kumdaryo River is cleared of clay and passed through a special sieve. Then, at the request of the customer, it is crushed into pieces of various sizes. The whole process is carried out with the help of special equipment. Thus, 60 tons of sand are processed every day and 20 tons of finished raw materials is produced. Currently, the company employs 20 people. All the necessary conditions have been created for their effective work.”
(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)
Uzbekistan: Local Crudes for Road Construction
A number of promising projects are under implementation in the Kanimekh district of Navoi region. Production of activated mineral powder for manufacturing asphalt-concrete mixture is among those schemes.
After the commissioning of an industrial facility, built by a limited liability company Riverstone Powders, the region will expand the possibilities of processing rocks, hard materials, waste and minerals. The powder produced here increases the strength of the asphalt-concrete mixture and allows achieving savings of bitumen by 10%.
At the initiative of the head of our state, in the regions, especially in remote villages and mahallas, large-scale construction of modern medical and educational institutions, facilities of trade and consumer services, tourist infrastructure is under way. In view of the growing need for asphalt concrete, the initiators of the project decided to produce mineral powder.
“Our enterprise will be outfitted with modern equipment and will be able to produce up to 200 tons of goods per year,” says the head of company Sh. Ruziev. “This will significantly reduce the cost of asphalt. Most importantly, we will provide 20 young specialists with a permanent job. In the future, we plan to export some of the products.”
It is worth mentioning that Navoi region authorities pay much attention to the scheduled and capital repair of public roads, as well as national and international ones. As a result, the appearance of rural areas and the state of their roads are improving. The new enterprise will also help to further these goals.
(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)
Central Asia - the priority of foreign policy of Uzbekistan
Uzbekistan entrepreneurs took part at the International Exhibition
Almaty hosted international specialized exhibition of children’s goods “Childhood – 2018”. Uzbekistan manufacturers, who successfully participated at this exhibition, signed contracts for supply of their products to such countries as Russia, Kazakhstan and others in the amount of more than 600 thousand US dollars.
Small Businesses’ and Private Entrepreneurship’s Export Promotion Fund under the NBU contributed to the expansion of business, which organized a collective stand with a total area of 50 square meters, where domestic textile companies such as Lorat Textile, Bultex Eurostar, Azalium, Santex and Kolibri Textile presented a wide range of qualitative goods of Uzbekistan’s light industry.
Participation of domestic light industry enterprises in this event will undoubtedly allow them to take a stable position in the international markets of children's products, as well as provide an opportunity to present their products, show new products, get acquainted with market and find new partners. At the exhibition, representatives of foreign companies, large retail chains, wholesalers visited the national stand of Uzbekistan, which attracted attention of buyers with high-quality goods. Currently, negotiations are underway to increase the volume of products supplied to foreign partners.
It should be noted that by the end of 2018, Small Businesses’ and Private Entrepreneurship’s Export Promotion Fund under the NBU plans to involve local entrepreneurs in a number of international events. Preparatory activity is underway to create national pavilions at the exhibitions, which will be held in such major cities as Dubai, Istanbul, Beijing, Riga.
Meetings of the russian delegation
On August 24, Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation Maxim Oreshkin met with the Minister of Economy of the Republic of Uzbekistan Botir Khodjayev.
Issues of cooperation in trade-economic, investment, agricultural, energy, oil and gas and other spheres, implementation of joint projects were discussed at the meeting.
Attention was paid to continuing active dialogue between the regions of the two countries and organizing the first Uzbekistan – Russia interregional forum in Tashkent this autumn.
At the meeting, held at the Ministry of Finance, it was emphasized that the visit of President Shavkat Mirziyoyev to Russia opened a new page in bilateral cooperation and in the field of finance.
Issues of financial cooperation between the ministries and departments of the two countries, implementation of promising projects in such areas as investment, energy, agriculture, organization of labor activity were discussed.
During the meeting at the Ministry for Foreign Trade, preparation for the forthcoming meeting of Uzbekistan – Russia intergovernmental commission on economic cooperation scheduled for September this year was considered. Proposals on strengthening the interaction between national institutions specializing in export support were studied.
Members of the Russian delegation also held negotiations in a number of other ministries and agencies.
Uzbekistan – Belarus cooperation expands
A meeting of the Joint Intergovernmental Commission on bilateral cooperation between the Republic of Uzbekistan and Belarus was held at the International business center within the framework of the visit of the delegation led by Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Belarus Mikhail Rusy to Uzbekistan.
The event was attended by heads of ministries and agencies, companies of the two countries responsible for such areas as foreign economic relations, trade, industry, investment, banking and financial sector, agriculture and water management, food processing, tourism, pharmaceuticals, healthcare and electrical engineering.
Activities of the Joint Intergovernmental Commission on bilateral cooperation have a special place in development of trade, economic, cultural and humanitarian relations, the meetings of which are important for bringing Uzbekistan – Belarus cooperation to a qualitatively new level, filling it with concrete content.
The sides discussed current issues of cooperation in trade-economic, tourism, cultural-humanitarian, and a number of other areas.
Following the meeting, a Protocol was signed and a plan of measures on further strengthening relations between the Republic of Uzbekistan and the Republic of Belarus for 2019-2020 was approved.
Uzbekistan: Special Attitude to a Sensitive Sphere
Our guest today is the first Deputy Chairman of the Senate of Uzbekistan’s Oliy Majlis Sadik Safayev.
- Senator Safaev, as a member of governmental delegation you recently visited Washington DC to attend an international forum on religious freedoms. Please tell us about the outcomes of the trip.
- That was a very serious event, with about 600 representatives from 80 countries taking part at the level of foreign ministers, as well as heads of international organizations, religious leaders and civil society activists. The event was closely watched by the broad world community and the media.
In addition to me, our delegation included Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov, member of the Legislative Chamber of Oliy Majlis and head of the National Center for Human Rights Akmal Saidov, Justice Minister Ruslanbek Davletov. Considering that Uzbekistan has a centuries-old history of tolerance and respect for various religions and confessional groups inhabiting the country, the forum participants listened to our speeches with great interest.
We told them about new approaches to ensuring religious freedom, interfaith peace and harmony in Uzbekistan, because this sphere is one of the most important areas of the program of large-scale reforms developed and implemented by the President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev. It affects all aspects of the socio-political, economic and social life of the country.
- Which track in this area was of particular interest to them?
- Of course, the topic of enlightened Islam, in particular, the initiative of the leader of the country to spread the ideas of enlightened Islam, the establishment of the Imam Al-Bukhari International Research Center, the Center for Islamic Civilization, and the Islamic Academy.
By the way, Uzbekistan became the only country that was highly appreciated at this forum for consistently providing such fundamental human rights as freedom of religion. Citing Uzbekistan as an example, US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo noted thus: When religious freedom flourishes, flourishes the nation. We welcome the steps taken by Uzbekistan to build a freer society.
In the opinion of the highest-ranking US diplomat, the policy of the new leadership of Uzbekistan in this very sensitive sphere is of great international importance. “We are deeply convinced,” said Pompeo, “that the decisions taken in Uzbekistan on religious freedoms will as never before have a positive effect on the country, its public and in general the entire region.”
- In today’s world, the significance of promoting religious freedoms does not cause any doubt, on the one hand, but on the other, it is again a very sensitive issue...
- You know, the conference participants spoke a lot about the importance of promoting religious freedoms in the modern world. And we all know that freedom of religion is the fundamental human right, and where this right is violated, radicalism and violence are born. At the same time, according to the estimates released by the forum, 83% of the world’s population lives currently in countries where religious freedom is undermined or under threat.
While at the National Press Club in Washington, we organized a special briefing under the title “A New Era of Religious Freedoms in Uzbekistan”, which aroused great interest among the representatives of the expert community. There we shared our own experience in promoting the ideas of enlightened Islam and maintaining the secular nature of society. Participants of the briefing were pleasantly surprised at the peaceful livelihood in Uzbekistan of representatives of 140 ethnic groups and 16 faiths who actively participate in the political and social life of the country.
In this context, the president of the Institute for Global Engagement, J. Chen, stressed that today, representatives from different countries mainly point to the growth of religious persecution and the reduction of freedoms around the world. Against this background, “Uzbekistan becomes the only glimmer of hope and the source of good news” in this area.
White House spokesman J. Colbert said at a briefing that “since the start of Shavkat Mirziyoyev’s presidential term, Uzbekistan has made tremendous progress in the areas of human rights, the elimination of child labor, the implementation of reforms in the establishment of social justice, and the opening of society to new ideas.” According to him, Uzbekistan of 2018 is a model of state that has the political will to solve such complex issues as ensuring freedom of religion.
- Do you think the solution to these complex issues can have an effect the business component of our country?
- I think yes. And this, by the way, was noted by J.Colbert who said that “such transformations allow not only to establish strong social stability, but also to increase the investment attractiveness of the country for American business.”
The same conclusion was confirmed by the American ambassador at large for religious freedom S.Brownback. In his opinion, many problems associated with attracting investments were primarily due to fears of companies to discredit their reputation by carrying out their business in countries where human rights are violated. “Today, when the image of the new Uzbekistan is being created, unprecedented opportunities have arisen to attract business circles from the US and the world to this country. It is now time to enter the capital markets of the US and actively participate in raising funds,” he noted.
- So, the image of Uzbekistan on the world stage is changing for the better?
“I think it’s already changed. For the first time our republic received an invitation to participate in such an event as an international conference on religious freedoms. And this is another manifestation of the formation of a new image of the country in the international arena and the recognition by the world community of the positive changes taking place in our country. And the fact that Uzbekistan was mentioned in the reports as a “positive example of implementing reforms in this area” is of priority importance for raising the country’s rating and will certainly have a positive impact, including on the growth of the investment attractiveness of our nation.
(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)
Asian Games: Athletes of Uzbekistan are among the best
The 18th Asian Games began on August 18 in the Indonesian cities of Jakarta and Palembang. More than 11 thousand athletes from 45 countries of the continent, including those representing Uzbekistan, vie for 476 medals in 40 sports.
The sports festival began with the traditional Indonesian dance, Saman. It is listed in the intangible cultural heritage of UNESCO. The scenery on the main stage resembled a giant waterfall and a jungle. The ceremony culminated in the completion of the torch relay games. The torchbearers ascended to the top of the mountain and lit... a volcano.
The Asian Games will last 15 days, through to September 2. It is held every four years. Along with traditional sports, medals are played in bowling, squash, sambo and other types.
The delegation of Uzbekistan comprises 230 athletes who compete in 28 types of sports. Also, over 100 officials (trainers, doctors, managers, media workers) are active during the Games.
Competitions on wrestling have already ended, where six representatives of Uzbekistan were able to rise onto the podium. In such complex competitions legionaries happened to usually bring us medals. As a vivid example, one can cite Artur Taimazov, Alexander Dokturashvili, Soslan Tigiev, Magomed Ibragimov.
In Jakarta, we saw a different picture: in these contests the gold medals to the national team of Uzbekistan were brought by our compatriots.
Freestyle wrestler Behzod Abdurahmanov earned the gold medal, and thus became a two-time champion of the Asian Games. In the Greco-Roman style, Muminjon Abdullayev also secured the medal of the highest standard. The gold award of the Asian Games was the first in his career. The Association of Wrestling Sports of Uzbekistan, in order to create favorable conditions for a decent performance of our youth, has done a great job, especially before the start of the tournament in Indonesia. Success in the Asian Games is a positive result of the reforms.
The rest of our wrestlers became prizewinners of the tournament: Rustam Assakalov (silver), Magomed Ibragimov (bronze) and Davit Modzmanashvili (bronze).
The Uzbek national wrestling team has earned 6 medals in total.
The football tournament started before the official opening of the Asian Games. It involves youth teams from 25 countries. At the group round, the Uzbek national team (U-23) under the leadership of Ravshan Khaidarov confidently beat all of their rivals – from Bangladesh, Qatar and Thailand, and came first in the group.
In the 1/8 finals, our guys beat Hong Kong, 3:0. The victory was ensured without any difficulty, the Uzbek footballers unconditionally owned the advantage during the entire match. Left in minority in the second half, Hong Kong athletes dreamed only of how to minimize the incoming goals. Statistics is simply staggering: our players surpassed their opponents in completing attacks more than 10 times! This is an overwhelming superiority that could and should have been realized in an even greater number of goals scored. But they scored only three. Nevertheless, that was enough for triumph.
Rivals of our team in the quarterfinals have become known. In the confrontation of the 1/8 finals, South Korea defeated Iran, 2:0, and will perform against Uzbekistan in the quarterfinals. The match is due August 27 and to start at 2 pm Tashkent time.
The taekwondo player of Uzbekistan, Nikita Rafalovich, in the category of up to 80 kg, in the finals confronted the South Korea’s Hwa Jun Lee. Having triumphed in a tense duel, our athlete earned the gold of the Asian Games!
Uzbekistan’s other renowned taekwondo player, Dmitry Shokin, in the category of over 80 kg, also reached the finals of the Games, where he opposed an Iranian counterpart. Our athlete conceded to the antagonist and became a silver medalist. It turned out to be a sad defeat, because Dmitry lost the initiative just in the last seconds, 2:3. It should be noted that in 2014, at the Asian Games in Incheon, Shokin also had secured silver.
Palembang hosted rowing competitions. Our athletes won three medals. In the doubles competitions Shahboz Abdujabborov and Shahboz Kholmurzaev became the first in the finals. The duet of Sardor Tulkinkhujayev and Alisher Turdiyev earned the silver medal. The team (crew) of eight came second. The silver medals went to Alisher Yarov, Dostonjon Bahriev, Islam Mambetnazarov, Dostonjon Hursanov, Shohjahon Najmiyev, Otamurod Rahimov, Shehroz Hakimov, Zafar Usmonov, Anatoly Krasnov.
The unfading sportswoman of Uzbekistan, the 43-year-old Oksana Chusovitina, won the silver medal of the Asian Games in gymnastics. In the base jump with a score of 14.287 points, Chusovitina came second. She continues to amaze the sports world with her longevity and high results. As you may know, the famous gymnast is going to perform at the Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2020.
In tennis, many of our athletes have already dropped out of the fight. But the best player of Uzbekistan, Denis Istomin, in the quarterfinals of the competition performed against the representative of Kazakhstan, Alexander Bublik. In the first batch of the fight Denis proved best with a score 6:1. In the second game, when the score was 3:0 in favor of our compatriot, his rival announced that he could not continue the game. Istomin is in the semi-finals of the Asian Games!
The piggy bank of our team at the Games was replenished with one more medal. In ushu taulu, the representative of our country Daria Latysheva was able to book ticket to the closing round. In the finals, with 12 athletes competing, Latysheva came second and won a silver medal. It should be noted that in the history of Asian Games, the Uzbek team’s medal in this type of sports is for the first time.
Following six competitive days, our national team wields 20 medals, including four gold. Is this a lot or a little?
To be sure, if we compare it with the result of Chinese athletes, who have 123 awards, including 60 medals with a golden tint, the successes of our boys and girls may seem modest. But one should not forget that China is a world sports power.
Yes, we are in the 10th position in the medal standings, far behind not only Chinese athletes, but also Japan and Korea, ranked second and third, respectively. But the gap with the Iranian national team, which is in the fourth place, is not that big. After all, our boxers have entered the competition, which will undoubtedly bring a good harvest of awards to our team. Thus, for the time being it is a bit early to sum up the results, and the major drama of the Asian Games is yet to come.
(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)