• Turkmen president blasts sports chief over latest Olympic flop


    ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan: Turkmenistan’s president Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov gave his sports chief a public dressing-down on Tuesday after the Central Asian country’s athletes once more came home empty-handed from the Olympics. “It’s disappointing that even with all the facilities provided, you could not justify the trust of the nation,” Berdymukhamedov told the sports committee chief Kaakbay Seiidov in an angry encounter shown on state television. Oil-rich Turkmenistan, with a population of five million, has never won a single Olympic medal, unlike its four neighbours in ex-Soviet Central Asia.



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