Incheon, Korea: The Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) Media Committee held a meeting at the HQ building of the Incheon Asian Games Organising Committee (IAGOC) at Meet-You-All Tower in Songdo new city on Wednesday morning. Chaired by Mr Charles Lo, President of Macau NOC, the meeting was attended by the OCA’s Director of NOC and International Relations, Mr Vinod Tiwari, from OCA HQ in Kuwait along with OCA Vice President Hemasiri Fernando, President of Sri Lanka NOC, as well as other members, guests and observers.
In his opening address, Mr Lo said the meeting was very important and significant with the 17th Asian Games just five months away as it gave the committee members the opportunity to learn about the media services for the OCA’s showpiece event as well as to review activities in 2013.
The agenda included updates and progress reports on the OCA’s official newsletter, Sporting Asia, the OCA website (www.ocasia.org), the new OCA social media guidelines, broadcasting, the Youth Reporter Project and media attendance at the two OCA multi-sport games in 2013.
IAGOC gave a presentation on the media services, facilities and logistics ahead of the 17th Asian Games, which will run from September 19 to October 4, 2014 and involve some 7,000 media participants from the OCA’s 45 National Olympic Committees and international organisations.
The presentation included the workings of the Main Media Centre, which incorporates the Main Press Centre and the International Broadcast Centre, transportation, accreditation and accommodation at the Media Village and media hotels.
The Media Village is a 20-minute drive from the Main Media Centre and 40 minutes from Incheon International Airport, the OCA HQ hotel and from the Asiad Main Stadium. It will be open from September 9 to October 6 and will offer 2,900 rooms and a dining hall for 460 people.
The Asian Games News Service content for the all-important INFO 2014 system will be supplied by the Korea Herald, which provided the English newsletter for the 10th Asian Games in Seoul in 1986 and the 14th Asian Games in Busan in 2002. The Korea Herald operation will involve 135 staff, including 90 reporters, and plans to produce an average of 400 news items a day and a total of 10,400 across 26 days.
As well as the regular news items such as flash quotes from athletes, press conference reports and event round-ups, the content will also focus on the Vision 2014 programme run by Incheon Metropolitan City for the smaller NOCs in a bid to close the gap on the larger NOCs, and also on the peace movement with DPR Korea.