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Macau NOC delegates at the regional forum.
Olympic forum observes minute’s silence for Korean ferry victims

12 May 2014
Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar: The second day of the Olympic Solidarity/Olympic Council of Asia Regional Forum for South-East Asian and East Asian National Olympic Committees began on a sombre note at the Hotel Royal Ace on Monday morning. In the presence of delegates from the Republic of Korea and the Incheon Asian Games Organising Committee, OCA Director Haider Farman led a minute’s silence for the victims of the Sewol ferry disaster on April 16.

The ferry had set sail from Incheon port heading for Jeju Island but capsized close to its destination; the 260 victims included some 30 citizens from Incheon. With the country still in mourning, plans for a K-Pop festival on June 1 to celebrate the 110-day countdown to the September 19 Opening Ceremony have been cancelled, although there will still be a football match between Korea and Kuwait at the new US$460 million Asiad Main Stadium.

The second day of the forum focused on three major games in 2014:
Incheon Asian Games, Phuket Asian Beach Games and the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China.

Incheon Asian Games, September 19 to October 4.

Organisers are expecting a 20 per cent decrease in the Entry by Sport – 15,299 athletes from 44 NOCs – for the Entry by Number (deadline June 20) and Entry by Name (August 15).

Some 2,400 athletes and officials took part in the 4th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in Incheon last year but 13,000 will participate in the 17th Asian Games.

There will be nine accreditation centres, with the main one at the Athletes’ Village.  The online accreditation system closed on April 30, and May 30 is the final deadline for NOCs to submit the required documentation and data regarding changes or additional information to support the visa process.

The Athletes’ Village will accommodate 13,000 athletes and officials in 2,220 units, and the 24-hour dining hall will seat 3,500 people. The adjacent Media Village will house 2,900 media personnel.

Media Accreditation deadline is May 20.

Opening Ceremony: 4,000 athletes will march in the parade, with a maximum of 200 from each NOC, although the policy has not been finalised.

Team Sports Draw: August 21. Mr Farman of the OCA warned NOCs that if they withdrew from the team events after the August 21 draw, thereby causing problems for the schedule, they would face severe punishment from the OCA.

He also asked NOCs to observe all deadlines to ensure a smooth operation.

Phuket Asian Beach Games, November 14-23, 2014:

There will be six venue clusters, 26 sports and 168 events. A total of 43 NOCs have entered 3,896 athletes and 1,761 team officials. Entry by Number deadline is June 30, and Entry by Name deadline is August 31.

Other key dates are:

June 25-26: Chefs de Mission Seminar.

August 31: Deadline for online accreditation.

September 8: Draw for team sports.

The IOC's 2nd YOG will be held in Nanjing, China, from August 16-28, and organisers updated delegates on recent developments regarding the Culture and Education Programme, Chefs de Mission Seminar and Young Ambassador activities.

Wrapping up the two-day forum, Olympic Solidarity’s Olivier Niamkey said all the delegates would have some knowledge or information to take back to their NOCs. He added that next year’s Regional Forums would focus on preparations for the 2016 Rio Olympics, and he invited NOCs to suggest themes or topics as part of the presentation.
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