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Shining First Stars – Meet Meret

07 September, 2017 (16:59)
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The 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games is the realisation of a dream for an entire generation of Turkmen people.

When competitions kick off at various indoor venues within the massive Ashgabat Olympic Complex, the world’s eyes will be on the action where intense media coverage means even the slightest mistake could be amplified manifold.

But it will be people like Meret Meredov who will ensure that nothing of the sort happens on the Field of Play (FOP) from the organisational side.

The youngster, who is a FOP Team Leader at the Multifunctional Sport venue where Futsal will be played, is ready.

“We’ve gone through intense training sessions and have looked at various ‘worst case scenarios’,“ he said. “I’m ready for the competition and I’ll strive to make this event a memorable one for my country.”

This is not Meredov’s first stint as a member of a FOP team.

“Since 2014, I’ve been a part of several competitions and many of them were as a FOP volunteer. So I know exactly what’s involved. I’ve also been trained to meet any eventuality. The last few months have been really interesting because I learnt a lot and applied it in real-life scenarios too,” said Meredov, a fifth year student at the International Oil and Gas University.

He recalled his first stint as a volunteer.

“In November 2014, Turkmenistan organised the Ninth World Belt Wresting Championships. I was then in my first year of college. One of my teachers said the organisers were looking for volunteers. But for us, volunteering was a very new concept,” he said.

“So I searched the internet to find out more about it. I liked what I read and decided to sign up. I enjoyed the experience immensely and continued with it. Three years later, I’m a part of Ashgabat 2017,” he said.

So what did he learn from being a volunteer? His answer was precise.

“The first thing I learnt was discipline. I also learned how to listen to people and solve problems. The best thing about the whole experience is that I made a lot of new acquaintances, from different countries,” he said.

“When I started, I was the only one to volunteer from class. But I used to speak so much about it that my friends got inspired to give it a try. Now, six of my classmates are also volunteering for Ashgabat 2017.”

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