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By The Golden Age Online Newspaper

Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, January 20, 2017: Turkmenistan’s men’s ice hockey team will make its debut at the Olympic Council of Asia’s 8th Asian Winter Games in Sapporo, Japan, next month, and part of the build-up included the Ministry of Internal Affairs Cup at the National Winter Sports Centre in Ashgabat. Seven teams, divided into two groups, took part in the competition, which ended with Galkan beating Shir in the final.

Galkan forward Eziz Akmuhammedov, who scored five goals in the final, was named best forward of the tournament. Iliya Veliyev (Shir) and Kerimly Chariyev (Galkan) were named best defenseman and best goalie, respectively.

Chariyev plays for the national team and will be on the roster for the OCA’s 8th Asian Winter Games in Sapporo from February 19-26, when Turkmenistan will play in Division Two Group B against Malaysia, Macau-China, Indonesia and Iran.

It will be the first time for Turkmenistan’s hockey players to compete in such a prestigious international tournament.