Zagreb, June 25th, 2014 - President and Secretary General of the COC Zlatko Matesa and Josip Cop hosted, together with their associates, the delegation of Turkmenistan Olympic Committee (TOO), the Ministry of Sports of Turkmenistan and Organizing Committee of the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games.

The preparations of Turkmenistan and its capital Ashgabat for the organization of the Asian Continental Games, which will be held in Turkmenistan in 2017 was one of the topics where the guests could hear practical experiences of Croatian sports architecture and environmental protection, presented by the architect Kresimir Ivanis, multiple awardwinner, doyen of sports architecture and longtime president of the COC Commission.

Ivan Varvodic, Head of Department for Research and Improvement of Development Programs, talked about development programs for athletes and coaches, while Dragan Milanovic, regular professor of the Faculty of kinesiology at the University of Zagreb, and Zoran Manojlovic, Head of the Office for Antidoping at the Croatian Institute for Toxicology, presented the guests the close cooperation of these institutions in the scientific approach to sports development and protection of athletes from doping manipulation.
Exchange of experience in these _elds will be the basis for future bilateral cooperation agreement between the COC and Olympic Committee of Turkmenistan, while the Secretary General of Turkmenistan Olympic Committee, Azat Muradov, invited the hosts to return visit. _e meeting was attended by the COC Head of Department for International Cooperation Ljiljana Ujlaki Subic and Ozren Muller, former athlete and alpine skiing coach, today PR consultant in sports. (hoo/olimp)