The Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) held the first Asian Indoor Games in 2005 in Bangkok, which marked a milestone for Muaythai, as it was included in this exciting sporting development. The second AIG was held in Macau in 2007 and the third AIG in Hanoi in 2009.
Simultaneously, the OCA developed the Asian Martial Arts Games, held for the first time in 2009 in Bangkok, Thailand.
After three editions of the Asian Indoor Games and one edition of the Asian Martial Arts Games, the OCA decided to merge the two events, creating the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games, which will be held every four years starting from 2013.
The 4th Asian Indoor & Martial Arts Games will take place in Incheon, Korea from 29 June to 6 July, 2013, as a test event for the 17th Asian Games in 2014. IFMA and its Asian continental association FAMA, along with the Korean National Muaythai Federation, are all working hard in preparation for an uplifting sporting experience.
The 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games will be held in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, in 2017. This will be the first OCA Games to be held in the Central Asian country. The host city contract signing ceremony took place in Kuwait on December 19, 2010.
The Indoor Games feature popular, TV and viewer-friendly sports which are not on the Olympic Games programme, for example dance sport and electronic gaming (E-Sports).
The 5th AIMAG will take place in the Olympic Village, a multi-purpose sports facility which is being constructed in the capital. The complex will feature 30 venues, and the first phase of construction is estimated at USD2 billion..
In addition to the 45 NOCs of the OCA, the following 17 NOCs from Oceania will participate in the Games:
Australia, Cook Islands, Fiji, Guam, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, New Zealand, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu.
At the Royal World Cup 2015 representatives of the organising committee of AIMAG2017 and National Olympic Committee of Turkmenistan gave an extended presentation on the upcoming event and the process of preparation. Projects of the state of the art facilities have been shown to IFMA Executive Board. AIMAG2017 promises to let athletes experience the event of the highest level.
Seven associate members of ONOC will also compete: New Caledonia, Tokelau, Niue, Norfolk Island, Tahiti, Wallis and Futuna, Northern Marianas.
The following sports will be included for the 5th AIMAG:
Chess, Futsal, Tennis, Muaythai, Sambo, Kurash, Jiu Jitsu, Bowling, Cycling (track), Swimming, Indoor Athletics, Weightlifting (Powerlifting), Basketball, Taekwondo (WTF), Dance Sport, Kickboxing, Belt Wrestling, Wrestling (FS/Greco Roman), Cue Sport (Billiards and Snooker).
The OCA President said other sports would be considered in order to promote the Olympic sports movement in Turkmenistan.