Cookson boosts Turkmenistan's chances of hosting World Track Championships

President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov expresses his desire to host sporting events like the World Track Championships to raise the profile of the country

Brian Cookson, by Chris Auld

(Image credit: Chris Auld)

UCI president Brian Cookson has backed Turkmenistan in its bid to host the World Track Championships, but says the country may be best off hosting smaller events before aiming for the big one.

Turkmenistan president Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov told the Olympic Council of Asia that he wants to raise the profile of his country through sport, as shown by the development of a $5bn Olympic complex in the capital Ashgabat.

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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.