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Shining First Stars — Meet Akmyrat

01 September, 2017 (18:43)
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One of the biggest challenges for any organisers of major multi-sport events is accreditation, and with more than 25,000 people expecting ‘badges’ for the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games from 17–27 September, a talented workforce is required.

Akmyrat Yazmyradov is one of those young Turkmen men and women who have signed up to become First Stars, the 8,000-strong legion of volunteers that are going through extensive training to be ready.

The 21-year-old from Mary said the key to success is strong communication, a skill he has worked hard on since becoming a First Star. 

“I've learned to work from the heart,” said the 5th year software engineer student. “I think that's the big thing.” 

While his computer skills helped him during test events where he worked in Games Management Systems, at Ashgabat 2017 he will be working in Accreditation and is well aware of the challenge ahead.

“It's a very responsible job, but I am enjoying it a lot,” said Akmyrat, who knows all about responsibility with three younger sisters, one of whom, Guljahan, is set to be involved in the Opening Ceremony after he convinced her to take part.

Being a First Star has already broadened the young student’s horizons and taken him to pastures new.

“Last summer, I went to Yakurst, Russia, for the Children of Asia Games to improve my skills,” he said. “It was one of my favourite moments.”

And, like his fellow volunteers, he is learning skills that will support him for the rest of his life, a huge long lasting benefit for Turkmenistan as a whole.

“Ashgabat 2017 is improving my language and communication abilities which can only be a good thing for me and my country,” he said.

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