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Lavish ceremony honours one-year anniversary of 16th Asian Games


15 Nov 2011
Guangzhou, China: The 16th Asian Games, part of the worldwide Olympic movement and governed by the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA), celebrated its one-year anniversary on November 12 with a lavish ceremony here in Guangzhou. More than 20,000 invitees packed into the Haixin Island Pavilion, home to the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of last year's Games and witnessed a lavish national TV production that honored all facets of The 16th Asian Games as well as the 2010 Asia Para Games.

The 16th Asian Games was the world's second largest sport event after the Summer Olympic Games. Team China dominated the medal count of The 2010 Asian Games with more than 400 medals. Korea finished second with more than 230 team medals and Team Japan ended with more than 210 medals.

The Guangzhou Asian Games was the largest in the history of the Olympic Council of Asia with 9,704 athletes from 45 Asian countries and regions attended the Games along with 4,983 team officials, 4,191 technical officials and 9,939 media professionals from 888 media organisations.

Medalists came from 36 NOC delegations with gold medals won by 28 of the countries and regions taking part. More than 60,000 Games-time volunteers worked at 53 competition venues, 11 non-competition venues, more than 16 independent training venues and 20 specialised work teams, providing variety of services, such as protocol reception, language services, security, medical services, spectator services, coordination and liaison, competition support, venue operation support, finance management and cultural event support for the Games.

Source: Financial Express
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