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Turkmen President Orders a Last-minute Makeover of Country's Asian Games Mascot

  • As per reports, Turkmen autocratic President Kurbanguly Berdymukhamedov has ordered the Academy of Arts for a last-minute makeover of this year’s Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games Turkmen mascot. He thinks the Turkmen mascot, a Central Asian Shepherd Dog called Wepaly, does not look traditional enough.

    He reportedly mentioned at the cabinet meeting that athletes who will be visiting the country for the Games in September should have the opportunity to know about the country’s culture as well as venerable traditions. He further added that the symbols of the Games should reflect their rich spiritual and material culture.

    The order came as a surprise to the mascot designer as the president himself signed off on the original version in January. The mascot has already been promoted in adverts and souvenirs.