ACBS President Mubarak al Khayarin is among the high-profile guests invited to the opening of the new Ashgabat International Airport in Asghabat, Turkmenistan. The event, which will be held from September 16 to 18, will also have on the sidelines the official unveiling of the One-Year-Countdown to the 5th Asian Indoor Martial Arts Games which will be held in the Central Asian city in 2017. Over 60 Asian and, for the first time, Oceania countries will participate in 21 sport disciplines, with Billiard Sports featuring prominently, in the 10-day Olympic-styled event holding from September 15 to 24 next year. “I am happy that out sport is taking its right of place at the Asian Indoor Games. Billiard Sports is much loved in the continent and we equally boast of some of the best players in the world. I believe the competition will be another opportunity for our large pool of great talents to showcase their skills and further promote the sports,” said Khayarin. “I am confident that it won’t be long before Billiard Sports become an Olympic sport as well. Globally, the sport is growing rapidly and it has become one of the most famous discipline of all time with a large global following,” added the ACBS president. The foundation for the Olympic Village, the hosting venue of the Games, was laid on November 5, 2010. Built on a total area of 157 hectares at $5 billion, the village is the largest in the region. It houses over 30 different facilities, including social-living, transportation, Paralympic Rehabilitation Medical Center and other infrastructures. Construction of the village was carried out in three stages with the first stage completed in 2014, while the second phase was handed over in December 2015.