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Delegates bonding during the venue tour
Team leaders meet for Phuket Beach Games

25 Jun 2014
Phuket, Thailand: The team leaders for the 4th Asian Beach Games in Phuket, Thailand, from November 14-23 gathered at the Holiday Inn Resort Phuket for the Chefs De Mission Seminar on Wednesday.
Around 6,000 athletes and team officials from the 45 National Olympic Committees are expected to take part in 168 events in 26 beach or sea sports.

The Governor of Phuket Province, Mr Maitri Inthusut, welcomed the delegates, and said the white sandy beaches and blue seas of the island paradise would display the true essence of the beach games. He promised world-class sports facilities and the highest levels of professional service.

The Secretary General of organising committee PABGOC, Mr Kanokphand Chulakasem, said the Asian Beach Games had become a multi-sports model for other continents to follow and described Phuket as the “perfect location” for such a celebration of sport and culture.

On behalf of the OCA, Hon. Life Vice President Wei Jizhong said the 4th Asian Beach Games presented a big challenge for the organising committee, OCA and for Phuket because 26 sports will take place in the peak tourist season of November.  With several new sports, such as beach modern pentathlon, on the programme and athletes accommodated in hotels around the island, Mr Wei urged the NOCs to send a strong administrative team to advise and assist the athletes regarding OCA protocol and procedures.

He said the success of the beach games concept would attract a lot of IOC members and International Federations to Phuket, with the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) planning to host a World Beach Games in the near future.

Here are a few facts and figures and key dates:

Sports: 26 sports, 168 events, six venue clusters, including the popular tourist hot-spots of Patong Beach (9 sports) and Karon Beach (10 sports).

Sports Entry: Deadline for Entry by Number, June 30. Deadline for Entry by Name, August 31. Preliminary estimates are 5,699 athletes and officials from 43 NOCs.

Accreditation:  Deadline for accreditation is August 31. There will be three accreditation centres. NOCs are reminded that the pre-valid accreditation card does not serve as a visa to enter Thailand, and visas must be obtained through the Thai Embassy in the respective country.

Bodybuilding: All athletes are required to arrive in Phuket three days before the competition for anti-doping tests.

Accommodation: The deadline for the submission to PABGOC of the hotel accommodation booking forms is September 15.

The 26 sports are: Air Sport (paragliding and powered paragliding), aquatics (beach water polo and marathon swimming), beach basketball 3x3, beach handball, beach volleyball, bodybuilding, sailing (sailing and windsurfing), sambo, squash, woodball, beach kabaddi, beach sepaktakraw, beach wrestling, foot volley, kurash, jetski sport, ju-jitsu, muaythai, petanque, beach athletics, beach modern pentathlon, triathlon (duathlon and triathlon), water ski (water ski/wakeboard, cable wakeboard/wakeskate), beach flag football, beach soccer, extreme sports (inline stunt, skateboard, BMX freestyle and sports climbing).

The six venues are:  Chaofa Mine, Karon Beach, Patong Beach, Naiyang Beach, Bangneow Dam/Anthem Wake Park, Saphan Hin Sports Centre.

NOC Services Centre: At Movenpick Resort and Spa, Karon Beach, open from November 3-25. Delegation Registration Meetings from November 5-12.

CDM meetings: At OCA HQ hotel, Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort and Spa, Karon Beach.

Medical and Anti-Doping: Seven designated hospitals; 300 urine samples will be taken for testing at the WADA-accredited National Doping Control Centre at Mahidol University, Bangkok.

Ceremonies: Opening Ceremony, November 14 (5.30pm to 8pm), Closing Ceremony, November 23 (6pm to 8pm). Team Welcome Ceremonies on November 12-13 (9am to 6pm, 20 minutes per ceremony).

Broadcast and Media:  Main Media Centre (International Broadcast Centre and Main Press Centre) at Orchid Convention Hall of Phuket Orchid Resort and Spa, Karon Beach. Host broadcaster: IGBS/OCA.

TV coverage includes daily news highlights (5 minutes) and daily highlights programme (30 minutes).

Live coverage of opening and closing ceremony and several sports, including extreme sports, beach soccer, beach volleyball, beach handball, beach sepaktakraw, squash and muaythai.

In his closing remarks, Mr Wei said, due to road safety and the high risk of traffic accidents in Phuket, that hiring private transport, including motorbikes and cars, would be prohibited. 
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