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Asian Games 2014 promo event returns to 1913 roots


11 May 2014
Manila, Philippines: More than 2,000 people joined in the "Walk a Mile" event in Manila on Sunday as part of the OCA's Asian Games Fun Run and Learn campaign to promote the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, Korea, this September.

The participants for the 1.6-km event included national athletes, coaches, Philippine Olympic Committee and Philippine Sports Commission staff and officials and the public.
 
OCA Technical Officer Vahid Kardany said the Philippines event was of particular significance because Manila was the birthplace of the Asian Games when it staged the first Far Eastern Championship Games in 1913.
 
"As the birthplace of the modern-day Asian Games, the Asian sports family has just celebrated our centennial in January 2014 in the Philippines," he said. "It is great to come back to Manila and witness so many athletes, coaches and sports fans joining our fun walk today for Team Philippines and the Incheon Asian Games."

POC President Jose Cojuangco Jr. added: "Filipino athletes have done a great job in the past year by winning many medals in different international tournaments. This year we are better prepared for the 2014 Incheon Asian Games than in the past. I wish all the athletes could focus on your preparation and training and give a great performance in Incheon, Korea, this year."

PSC Chairman Ricardo Garcia, who will be Chef de Mission of the Philippines in Incheon, said the government's funding arm for sport would do its upmost to support the athletes and was confident they would perform well.

On behalf of the Incheon Asian Games Organising Committee, Mr Son Sangjin said that Sunday marked 101 days to the opening ceremony on September 19.  "As our slogan 'Diversity Shines Here’ says, I believe that our Asian Games can make 4.5 billion Asians proud. I wish Team Philippines all the best and hope they win as many medals as possible in Incheon.

The fun walk started at Malate, South-bound of Roxas Blvd, in Manila city at 06:15am on Sunday and finished at Luneta Park.
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