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OCA Vice President closes ABG5


03 Oct 2016
Danang, Vietnam, October 3, 2016: Olympic Council of Asia Vice President Timothy Fok declared the 5th Asian Beach Games “a complete success” in his speech at the closing ceremony on Monday. On a humid and breezy evening on the shores of the South China Sea, the OCA Vice President for East Asia said the glorious weather, the compact venues, the spectacular location and the enthusiastic support of the local people had contributed to a “fantastic” time in this central coastal city.“The venues have provided a great atmosphere – full of passion and excitement from the spectators,” he said. “The magnificent coastline has provided a perfect backdrop to the games, and the athletes have provided us with top-class sporting action that shows the high level of beach and sea sports in Asia.”He congratulated Danang and Vietnam for the successful staging of ABG5, which opened on September 24 and featured 172 events in 22 disciplines of 14 sports. “You have given us memories to treasure and written a new chapter in the history of the OCA with your truly magnificent 5th Asian Beach Games,” he added.Mr Fok declared the games closed, and the audience and athletes in the Bien Dong Park main stadium watched the flame go out. With the OCA still to decide the host of the next ABG - no fewer than four cities are interested to stage the sixth edition in 2020 - the flag was passed from Danang to the OCA.The Minister of Culture, Sport and Tourism, H.E. Nguyen Ngoc Thien, said Danang had played host to 3,242 athletes, coaches and team officials and 1,217 technical officials, referees and judges. He thanked all the athletes for their efforts and also the volunteers as the smiling ambassadors of Danang and Vietnam.Unlike the opening ceremony, which was hit by a tropical rainstorm at the start of the athletes’ parade, the closing ceremony was blessed with fine weather, enabling en enchanting cultural performance to showcase the magic and charm of Vietnam.
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