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Venue tour kicks off CDM Seminar in Incheon

22 Nov 2012
Incheon, Korea: The stadium for the opening and closing ceremony of the 4th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games, as well as the Athletes’ Village, were the main items on the venue tour for the Chefs de Mission from 45 Asian NOCs on Thursday.

The tour kicked off the two-day CDM Seminar, which will also take in a visit to the Incheon Tour and Leisure Sports Fair on Friday as well as the main presentation by the various departments of the organising committee.

The venue tour, which required five buses of delegates, assistants and officials, began at the Incheon Samsan World Gymnasium, venue for the opening ceremony on June 29, 2013, and closing ceremony on July 6, as well as the dance sport and electronic sports competitions.

Delegates heard that the gymnasium, home to a professional basketball team, was completed in September 2006 and seats 7,600 spectators. However, 2,600 seats are removable, so this will leave a capacity of around 4,800 for the two ceremonies.

From there the delegates continued to the POSCO Research and Development Centre, which will be the location of the International Zone of the Athletes’ Village, between the two residential zones at Yonsei International University and Global University Campus.

Yonsei can accommodate 1,400 people in 700 rooms, while the Global Campus can house 1,100 people in single rooms.

The International Zone at POSCO R&D Centre will include the NOC Service Centre, Accreditation Centre, Transport Information Centre, Sports Information Centre, OCA office and CDM meeting hall.

Ahmed Marzooq, Secretary General of the Maldives Olympic Committee, said the venue tour had provided a good insight into the scale of the 4th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games, Incheon 2013.

“The gymnasium for the opening and closing ceremony was ideal for this kind of Games,” he said. “It was very compact and not too big, so I am sure there will be a great atmosphere for the opening and closing ceremonies. I also like the fact that they are using existing venues for the Games.

“As for the accommodation for athletes and officials, it was more like a hotel than a university dormitory. It was very clean and all the services are nearby. The International Zone is in the middle of the two residential zones, so this will be very convenient for all athletes and officials.”

The 4th AIMAG will feature 100 events in nine sports and will serve as a dress rehearsal for the organisers ahead of the 17th Asian Games at Incheon from September 19 to October 4, 2014.
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