Most of us in the U.S. probably don't pay much attention to Tajikistan,
but the central Asian nation, which borders Afghanistan and China, is
strategically crucial. Fortunately, the U.S. Embassy in Tajikistan
understands the importance of the U.S.-Tajik relationship and has a
brilliant new strategy to strengthen our cultural bonds: Body building
competitions. The U.S. Embassy sends
out this press release
announcing a sponsored walk-off on Sunday:
Yesterday the Chief of the International
Narcotics and Law Enforcement Office of the U.S. Embassy in Tajikistan,
Anne Carson, President of the Bodybuilding and Fitness federation of
Tajikistan, Toleh Kholnazarov, and Chairman of the Committee on Youth,
Sports and Tourism, Maliksho Nematov awarded prizes to the winners of
the body building championship dedicated to drug demand reduction and
promoting a healthy lifestyle among young people in Tajikistan. The
championship was conducted by the Body Building and Fitness Federation
of Tajikistan and sponsored by the Drug Demand Reduction Project of the
International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Section of the United States
Embassy in Tajikistan.
The U.S. Embassy reports 60
contestants from around Tajikistan, of which 21 were awarded prizes.
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