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Shining First Stars — Meet Muhammet

11 August, 2017 (10:04)
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When the Ashgabat 2017 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games kick off on 17 September at the Ashgabat Olympic Stadium, Muhammet Kadyrow will be viewing it with the critical eye of a journalist.

However, once competitions reach high gear, Muhammet, a fourth-year journalism student at the International University of Humanities and Development (IUHD), will give his reporter’s instincts a rest and instead focus on being an Event Services Supervisor.

The First Star, who has also been helping edit and print his school magazine — the IUHD News — since 2013, said he was honoured to be a part of the huge Ashgabat 2017 machinery.

“I’ve been assigned to be an Events Services Supervisor with ticketing and workforce and I’m very happy with my role. During Games time, every volunteer and manager becomes part of a huge operation. If all of us do our job well, Ashgabat 2017 will be a memorable event. I’m eagerly looking forward for it to start,” he said.

Muhammet, whose first volunteering experience came during the 34th General Assembly of the Olympic Council of Asia in 2015, said he was learning a lot on the job.

“I have so far taken part in seven test events for Ashgabat 2017 and haven’t had so much fun before. My college is currently closed for holidays and I’m making the most of the free time by visiting the Games offices and attending training sessions there,” he said.

Kadyrov, who travelled to Baku, Azerbaijan, as a volunteer last year for the European Formula One Grand Prix, spoke about an unforgettable incident involving his favourite racing star.

“Last year in Baku, I met German driver Nico Rosberg for the first time. I’ve always been a great fan and was lucky to get a picture with him. It may’ve been made easy by the fact I was managing the queue at the autograph section. I asked him for a photograph and he readily obliged,” he said.

Brushing shoulders with sports stars seems to have rubbed off well on the youngster. When asked about continuing his volunteering journey, the reply was almost instantaneous.

“I take great pleasure in being a volunteer for Ashgabat 2017. Why wouldn’t I continue doing something I love so much? Of course, I’d like to go on being a volunteer for future sports events,” he said.

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