Date of Release: September 26, 2017
The delegation of the Organizing Committee for the 19th Asian Games (HAGOC) attended the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) General Assembly in Ashgabat, capital of Turkmenistan from September 18 to 20. At the General Assembly, the delegation made presentations on the proposed Sports Program, venue plan and progress of the preparatory work for the Games. A promotional video was also screened. The unique charm and excellence of Hangzhou were greatly appreciated by OCA and attending delegates.
The HAGOC delegation addressed issues of most concerns for OCA in three presentations. With consideration to both competition and recreation of participating athletes, HAGOC selected the location of Athletes’ Village based on professional research and scientific comparison and is making efforts to launch the construction before the year ends. A total of 34 sports comprise the proposed Sports Program of the Asian Games 2022, including both Olympic sports and non-Olympic ones. In venue arrangement, the existing venues will be fully utilized and utmost convenience will be provided to facilitate athletes’ participation in the Games. In its presentations, the delegation stressed that the Chinese governments at all levels attach great importance to the Asian Games.
Atthe meetings of the OCA Executive Board and the General Assembly, OCA President Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah said that Hangzhou was a beautiful and prosperous city and all the preparatory work was being carried out in a well-planned manner. During his visit in April this year, he inspected the venues and facilities for the Asian Games, listened to the work report of the Organizing Committee and attended the inauguration ceremony of HAGOC office building. He said that he was deeply impressed by Hangzhou’s beauty and vibrancy as well as the venues and facilities. He is convinced that with the strong support of the Chinese government Hangzhou will successfully host the Asian Games.
Headed by Chen Guomei, Deputy Mayor of Hangzhou, the delegation also held the first round of talks with the OCA on the provisions of the Host City Contract for the 19th Asian Games, arriving at initial consensus on marketing.