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AKIPRESS.COM - 200 days before the start of the 2017 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games, official mascot Alabai dog called Vepaly, was presented in Ashgabat on March 1.
The official mascot of the Games is a green Alabai dressed in the Turkmen national suit.
The mascot was approved by President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimukhamedov, reports the state news agency of Turkmenistan.
Alabai is Turkmen type of the Central Asian shepherd dog breed.
The presentation of the official mascot was organized by the Executive Committee set up for carrying out preparations for the 2017 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games and the National Olympic Committee.
5th Asian Indoor Games will be held in Ashgabat in September 2017. Ashgabat, first in the former Soviet Central Asian region, won the right to host the Asian Indoor Games. The host city was chosen in Kuwait on 19 December 2010. On 6 July 2013 the flag of the Olympic Council of Asia was officially handed over to the mayor of the city of Ashgabat.