One month to go to AIMAG opening
29 May 2013
Incheon, Korea: The 4th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games 2013 (AIMAG) will open exactly one month from now – on June 29 in Incheon, Korea, and run for eight days through to July 6. The AIMAG is an Asia-wide sporting event that will draw participation from the 45 member countries and regions of the Olympic Council of Asia. The 2013 AIMAG is organized by the 2014 Incheon Asian Games Organizing Committee and is expected to be a test event for the 2014 Asian Games, which will open on September 19 next year.
The 2013 AIMAG combines the Asian Indoor Games and Asian Martial Arts Games that were held separately in previous editions. The first Asian Indoor Games was held in Bangkok in 2005, and followed by Macau in 2007 and Hanoi in 2009. The only previous Asian Martial Arts Games took place in Bangkok in 2009. The AIMAG is a unique international event which showcases the indoor sports and martial arts not usually featured in other multi-sport international events.There are nine sports on the programme, with 12 disciplines and 100 gold medals to be won.
The nine sports are:
Chess-Baduk (Go)-Electronic Sports
Short Course Swimming (25 meters).
These sports display a distinctly Asian flavor, featuring those in which Asians excel, such as Baduk (Go) and e-Sports, and those that originate from Asia, such as Indoor Kabaddi (India), Muay (Thailand) and Kurash (Uzbekistan). Thus, the AIMAG aims to make the event a celebration for Asians and a chance to enjoy and promote Asian sports.
Incheon will host the AIMAG under the slogan of “Diversity Shines Here” and will highlight Asia’s extraordinary diversity in history, culture and sport. Also, the 2013 AIMAG is expected to be the most technologically developed and best organized event in the Games’ history.
Advanced IT technologies will be utilized to assist the operation of the sports competitions and to provide real-time competition information. Visitor and hospitality information will also be provided through online and mobile services.
Approximately 4,400 athletes, officials, media representatives, VIPs, judges and other guests are expected to participate in the event. Nine venues will be used in the AIMAG, including the Samsan World Gymnasium in Incheon as the Games’ main venue which will host the Opening and Closing Ceremonies. The 5th AIMAG will be in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, in 2017.