Organizers confident in ‘outstanding’ Asian Games as Hangzhou marks one-year countdown

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A countdown clock shows the remaining days until the new begin date for the 19th Asian Games in Hangzhou, China, September 10, 2022. /CFP

A countdown clock displays the remaining days till the new begin date for the 19th Asian Games in Hangzhou, China, September 10, 2022. /CFP

With one year to go until the beginning of the postponed Asian Games in Hangzhou, Chinese organizers have expressed rising confidence in pulling off an “excellent” showpiece event. 

The 19th Asian Games had been anticipated to take place between September 10 and 25 this year, but has been rescheduled to start on September 23 in 2023 as a result of restrictions in place because of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

More than 10,000 athletes and officers from throughout the region are expected to be concerned in the quadrennial event, with a total of 482 medal events in 40 sports activities and 61 disciplines on supply.  

“Despite the one-year postponement of the Hangzhou Asian Games, we are transferring ahead with the preparations in an orderly manner and prepared for Games-time operations,” said Chen Weiqiang, deputy secretary-general of the Hangzhou Asian Games Organizing Committee (HAGOC) and vice mayor of Hangzhou.  

“We are committed to staging a sport extravaganza that is excellent in terms of organization, cultural enrichment and communication.”

A chook’s-eye view of the Linping Sports Center, a key venue for the upcoming Asian Games. /CFP

A fowl’s-eye view of the Linping Sports Center, a key venue for the upcoming Asian Games. /CFP

All 56 competitors venues for the Asian Games and Asian Para Games have been declared match for objective by the HAGOC, with the organizers making full use of present buildings by way of renovation with a watch to reduce costs and the occasion’s carbon footprint. 

“We have to each organize the competition well and be frugal in running it,” said Chen.  

He additionally confirmed that every one venues constructed for the postponed Games are now open to public as part of initiatives to advertise nationwide fitness.  

“Around 85 percent of our venues are run by third-party teams,” Chen added. “We usually are not afraid of these venues getting used up or broken.” 

According to the organizers, numerous sports parks have sprung up to ensure people can entry sports facilities inside a 10 minute stroll and an Asian Games-themed park may be found in every district and county of Hangzhou.

An inside take a look at the Linping Sports Center, which has greater than 10,000 seats. /CFP

An inside look at the Linping Sports Center, which has greater than 10,000 seats. /CFP

Meanwhile, Hangzhou strives to become the first “Asian Games in the Cloud,” using cloud intelligent technology in core systems that includes event management, match results, and match help. 

HAGOC additionally announced that press operations and broadcast companies for the Games have been “in full swing” and that organizations had began to guide personal workplace space in the main media middle. 

Construction work of the International broadcast heart will begin on March 1, 2023 with an aim to complete it in August, a month earlier than the Games get underway.

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