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OCA impresses ANOC General Assembly with activities report/sports video

02 Nov 2017

OCA impresses ANOC General Assembly with activities report/sports video

Prague, Czech Republic, November 2, 2017: The 22nd General Assembly of the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) was given a taste of the wide range of Olympic activities in Asia during the presentation by the five continental associations on Thursday afternoon.

IOC and ANOC Vice President Yu Zaiqing of China made the presentation on behalf of the OCA.

After providing brief details of the two major multi-sport events held this year – the 8th Asian Winter Games in Sapporo, Japan, in February and the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, in September – Mr Yu looked ahead to the OCA’s showpiece event: the 18th Asian Games in Indonesia next year.

Even though Indonesia was only confirmed as host country in 2014, due to the withdrawal of the original host Vietnam, Mr Yu said he had received very positive news that preparations were on track in the two co-host cities of Jakarta and Palembang, capital of South Sumatra.

“Everything is going right with the preparations for the Asian Games, and the OCA wants to spend more time and energy to deliver a successful Games next year,” said Mr Yu.

The OCA then played a video showing highlights of the 5th Asian Beach Games in Danang, Vietnam, in September 2016, followed by the 8th AWG in Sapporo and the 5th AIMAG in Ashgabat. The video was accompanied by the number of athletes and NOCs taking part as well as the number of sports across the three Games.

The video concluded with a look-ahead to the 18th Asian Games, which will run from August 18 to September 2, 2018, with 462 events in 40 sports and 10,000 athletes from 45 NOCs. The report and video brought a round of applause from the 1,300 delegates, who were clearly impressed with the activities in Asia and the professional presentation of the Games.

The President of Oceania NOCs, Dr Robin Mitchell, thanked the OCA for inviting Oceania athletes from Australia and New Zealand to compete in Sapporo 2017 as guest athletes, and also at the 5th AIMAG at Ashgabat with the generous support of the local organisers to fund the participation of 400 athletes and officials.

Dr Mitchell said: “It was agreed that it was a tremendous competition and excellent facilities. We are very grateful to the OCA President Sheikh Ahmad, to the Japanese Olympic Committee and to Turkmenistan for all their support of Oceania.”

The reports from the five continental associations brought to an end the first session of the two-day General Assembly, which also heard updates on Olympic Agenda 2020 and the Independent Testing Authority.

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