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The OCA Advisory Committee in Bangkok.
OCA Advisory Committee discusses Olympic Agenda 2020, Asian Games

06 Nov 2014
Bangkok, Thailand: The Olympic Council of Asia’s Advisory Committee held a meeting at the Intercontinental Hotel in Bangkok on Thursday morning under the chairmanship of IOC member Ng Ser Miang of Singapore. Mr Ng welcomed the committee members and thanked Thailand’s IOC member, Nat Indrapana, for his hospitality in hosting the meeting.

Mr Ng looked ahead to the 127th IOC Session in Monaco in December and said that, as well as the Olympic Agenda 2020 of IOC President Thomas Bach, the IOC members would have to select a host for the IOC Session in 2017, between Lima, Peru, and Helsinki, Finland.

IOC Vice President Yu Zaiqing of China updated members on the recent IOC Executive Board meeting in Lausanne and in particular some of the main recommendations of the working groups of Olympic Agenda 2020. These included possible changes to the bidding process to reduce costs, flexibility of the sports programme of the Olympic Games and the launch of an Olympic TV channel.

All the recommendations from the working groups will be made available to IOC members before being made public later this month. IOC Executive Board member CK Wu of Chinese Taipei elaborated on some of the points, including the age limit of IOC members and the Olympic channel incorporating culture and education aspects. Other topics of discussion were the visit of IOC members to bidding cities and the number of Asian IOC members.

IOC member Rita Subowo, President of Indonesia NOC and OCA Executive Board member, updated the committee on preparations for the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta in 2018, saying the six outer ring roads of Jakarta would be used to link the North and South clusters and avoid heavy traffic in the city centre.

The Athletes’ Village will be located in the South cluster of Jakarta and will comprise 7-8 apartment blocks, while Palembang in South Sumatra and West Java will also host events. Mrs Subowo emphasized that several sports would be staged in big exhibition centres rather than building or renovating stadiums.

The OCA Advisory Committee Chairman summed up the meeting by saying that the committee had studied the Asian Games and would recommend the OCA look into the nationality of athletes as well as the size, scale and cost of the Asian Games.
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