HAGOC confident about Asian Games to be a success although postponed
en.hangzhou.com.cn   2022-05-12 10:18   Source:hangzhoufeel

Hangzhou Asian Games Organizing Committee(HAGOC) on May 6 made an announcement that becomes the subject of Asia's concern.

The announcement reads:

Following detailed discussions with all parties concerned, the OCA Executive Board today announced that it has decided to postpone the 19th Asian Games, which was scheduled to be held in Hangzhou from 10 to 25 September 2022. The name and the emblem of the Games will remain unchanged. The new dates for the Games will be announced after further discussions between the OCA, the Chinese Olympic Committee (COC) and HAGOC.

Since winning the bid to host the 19th Asian Games, Zhejiang province has been making steady progress in its preparations for the Games, with help from, and under the guidance of, the OCA and the COC, despite the challenges brought about by COVID-19. With the support from both organizations, we will continue our preparations in all respects. We remain confident that the postponed Hangzhou Asian Games will be a success with the joint efforts of all parties.

For pre-admitted volunteers who are unable to continue volunteering at the Games due to graduation or work conflicts, HAGOC will issue appropriate certificates to thank them for their support in the preparation of the Games.

Preparations in full swing

Despite the postponement, all the 56 venues for Hangzhou Asian Games and Hangzhou Asian Para Games have been declared fit for purpose after nearly five years' construction. They are ready for a Green, Smart, Economical and Ethical Games, among which 12 are newly built, 9 are reconstructed, 26 are renovated, and 9 are temporarily built. In addition, 31 training venues, one Asian Games Village and four Asian Games Sub-villages (athlete sub-villages) have been completed.

All the competition venues for Hangzhou Asian Games will be open to the public gradually as planned.

Hangzhou has speeded up the urban infrastructure upgrading as the Asian Games draws near. In April, 3 expressway projects and 15 roads that were rebuilt due to the metro construction had been completed. More roads are expected to be completed in May.

"Exciting Hangzhou" series competitions have been held in various venues for Hangzhou Asian Games since 2021. From May 4 to 6, the "Exciting Hangzhou" 2022 Zhejiang Watersports Grand Tournament Invitational was held at Fuyang Water Sports Centre, which was also the first competition held after the Centre was built.

Seventy-six athletes from nine teams competed in 14 events, including the Men's Open Class 2000m Single Sculls, Women's Open Class 2000m Single Sculls and Men's Light Weight 2000m Double Sculls. During Hangzhou Asian Games, 30 gold medals in Rowing, Canoe Sprint and Canoe Slalom will be awarded here.

Moreover, the "Exciting Hangzhou" 2022 National Modern Pentathlon Championship will be held at Fuyang Yinhu Sports Centre from May 23 to 27. Modern Pentathlon was first incorporated into the Asian Games in 1994, which concludes a 3km cross country run, epee fencing, 200m freestyle swimming, a show jumping course on horseback, and a pistol shooting event.

Hangzhou Asian Games Fun Run Starts

The Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) and HAGOC jointly held a press conference in the form of a remote connection between Kuwait and Hangzhou on May 3. Mr. Husain Al Musallam, the director general of the OCA introduced Fun Run of the previous Asian Games and of the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games, which will start its first stop in Kuwait.

Since the 2006 Doha Asian Games, Fun Run has been an important part of the OCA's promotion of the Games. In May 2018, the China station of the Jakarta Palembang Asian Games Fun Run was held in Hangzhou. It was the first time that Hangzhou residents felt the charm of the "Fun Run."

Right now, more than ten national and regional Olympic committees have already signed up to participate in Hangzhou Asian Games Fun Run, with Hong Kong SAR, Palestine, Mongolia, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Qatar, Kuwait, Kazakhstan and Nepal on the agenda.

In the spotlight

The postponement of Hangzhou Asian Games drew attention worldwide. Here are some reporting from the media.

The OCA statement said local organizers were "very well prepared to deliver the games on time despite the global challenges. However, the decision was taken by all the stakeholders after carefully considering the pandemic situation and the size of the Games."

--AP News: Asian Games in China postponed

Organizers said last month that Hangzhou, a city of 12 million in eastern China, had finished constructing some 56 competition venues for the Asian Games and Asian Para Games.

--France 24: Asian Games 2022 in China postponed

For many athletes, the Asian Games carry greater importance than their individual sport's world championships.

--NBC: the Asian Games in China postponed, along with more international sports events

OCA acting president Randhir Singh told Reuters a task force has been set up to decide new dates for the Games. "It's because of the COVID problem," Singh said from Tashkent. "We formed a task force, they will look into it... and decide the timing with the concurrence of the Chinese Olympic Committee." Singh was sorry for the athletes but felt hosting the Games next year would mean they would have a better chance of peaking at the 2024 Paris Olympics.

--Reuters: Hangzhou Asian Games postponed

Author:Jin Yingying, Fang Jingyi  Editor:Ye Lijiao