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CDM Seminar concludes in Incheon

23 Nov 2012
Incheon, Korea: The Chefs de Mission Seminar for the 4th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in 2013 came to a conclusion at the Hyatt Regency Incheon on Friday afternoon. Delegates heard presentations from the various departments organising the 4th AIMAG, which will run from June 29 to July 6, 2013, and contributed their questions and comments to the preparations and operations of organising committee IAGOC.

The Vice President and Secretary General of IAGOC, Kwon Kyung Sang, welcomed the team leaders to Incheon and, with 218 days to go until the start of the AIMAG, said the Chefs de Mission Seminar was a key milestone in the build-up.

“This is the first time to merge the Asian Indoor Games with the Asian Martial Arts Games so it is very meaningful and important,” he said in his opening address.

“It will also be a pre-event ahead of the 17th Asian Games in Incheon in 2014. I expect the 4th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games to be a true festival of Asia and to enhance the friendship of 4 billion Asians.”

Mr Kwon said he looked forward to the feedback and input from the team leaders.

On behalf of the OCA, the Director of the Asian Games department, Haider Farman, described it as a “huge task” to organise a multi-sports games and said it needed the OCA,IAGOC, National Olympic Committees, Asian Sports Federations and International Sports Federations to work together as a team and show good communication.

“It is very important for all parties and stakeholders,” he said. “The OCA and IAGOC will work hard to deliver all the necessary services. Let us work together for the success of the 4th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games.”

Following the opening ceremony, the delegates moved to the Songdo Convensia to attend the Incheon Tour and Leisure Sports Fair, which included a popular Asian Games exhibition stand. The sports fair runs until Sunday.

After a lunch with the Deputy Mayor of Incheon Metropolitan City and cultural performance, the delegates returned to the HQ hotel for the afternoon seminar, which featured presentations by all the main departments, including accreditation, sports entries, transport, accommodation and protocol.

NOCs were reminded that online accreditation began on November 2 and will close on February 15. Applications before the deadline will guarantee an identification and accreditation card with automatic visa for entry into Korea for the period of May 30 to July 21 – 53 days.

The 4th AIMAG will stage 100 events in nine sports and attract around 2,400 athletes and officials from the 45 NOCs plus 1,000 media and 1,000 guests for an overall participation of 4,400.
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