Turkmenistan at the Olympics

The oil-rich nation of Turkmenistan first competed at the Olympic Games in 1996. Prior to this, athletes from the region of Turkmenistan have competed at the Olympic Games under the former country of the Soviet Union. After the dissolution of the Soviet Union, they were part of the Unified Team in 1992.

Unfortunately the nation is the only ex-Soviet republic that hasn’t won a medal at the Olympics just yet. And to add salt to the Turkemenistan’s Olympic woes, the nation’s capital, Ashgabat, comes with an Olympic Stadium although the venue hasn’t hosted the Olympiad.

The president of Tukmenistan, Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov lashed out on the nation’s NOC after the nation failed to win a single medal at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Olympic Games. None of its nine athletes went past the qualification rounds in their respective events. The president was disappointed at the lackadaisical performance of the athletes even though they were provided with all the facilities they needed.


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