This week, the FIFA President is making an official visit to four Central Asian countries: Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan.
On Tuesday, when he arrives in Ashgabat, capital of the former Soviet republic of Turkmenistan in Central Asia, Joseph S. Blatter will be met by the chairman of the Turkmen Football Association, Aman Yusupov. His schedule for the day will then consist of a short tour of the city, which boasts architecture allying modernism and tradition, followed by the official unveiling of the association's new headquarters.
President Blatter will then head northwards to the Uzbek capital Tashkent, one of the most ancient cities in Central Asia. There, he will be welcomed by the chairman of the Uzbekistan Football Association, Mirabror Usmanov. On Thursday, the FIFA delegation will meet with the country's president, Islom Karimov, before stopping off at the association's Football House. While in the country, the FIFA president will also pay a visit to a football academy.
The tour will then move on to Tajikistan, a country that shares a border with China. The chairman of the Tajikistan Football Association, Shukhrob Kosimov, will head the reception committee. In the capital Dushanbe on Friday, the FIFA President's programme comprises an official audience with the President of Tajikistan, Emomali Rakhmonov, together with the inauguration of one of two new football pitches, the creation of which Mr. Blatter has personally supported.
Lastly, the FIFA delegation will pay a visit to Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan, a country of stunningly beautiful mountainous landscapes. After an audience with the President of the Republic, Kurmanbek Bakiev, President Blatter will visit the new football centre, which has been built within the framework of the Goal project.