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GAGOC presents OCA with 16th Asian Games archive


03 Jul 2011
Kuwait: An official handover ceremony for the archive of the 16th Asian Games held in Guangzhou, China, from November 12-26, 2010, took place in Kuwait on Sunday, July 3. A six-member delegation headed by Mr. Gu Shiyang, Deputy Secretary General of the Guangzhou Asian Games Organising Committee (GAGOC), handed over the official report and the results of the Games to Mr. Husain Al-Musallam, Director General of the OCA. Mr. Gu also handed over the Games Information System reports to the OCA.

The archive consists of over 50,000 photos, approximately 3,000 broadcast tapes and 339 publications of the Games. GAGOC will also present the final report to the NOCs during the 30th OCA General Assembly scheduled to be held in Tokyo on Thursday, July 14, 2011.

The delegation from China was welcomed to Kuwait city – home of the OCA – by Captain Husain.

“We are very happy today that we have with us Mr. Gu Shiyang, Deputy Secretary General of GAGOC and Vice Mayor of Guangzhou City, as the head of the delegation and who played a very important role for the success of the Games,” said Captain Husain.

“The Guangzhou Asian Games was the most successful Games ever in our history in terms of the number of participating athletes (10,000), 4,400 team officials, 42 sports and 476 events, 4,200 technical officials and 10,100 media from around the world.

“Lastly, we still remember the beautiful smiles of the 60,000 volunteers, and in total the 88,900 people who actively participated in the Games in the beautiful city of Guangzhou. Moreover, 170,000 accreditation cards were issued for the guests during the Games period.

“The most outstanding aspects of the Guangzhou Asian Games were Asian Games Town and the 63 sports venues, of which all Asians should be proud.

“The whole world witnessed the excellent Opening and Closing Ceremonies held along the Pearl River on Haixinsha Island, creating a challenge for all future Asian and Olympic Games Organising Committees.

“As sports people from Asia we are very proud of the development of the Asian Games in terms of Information Technology, television, host broadcasting and overall organisation. This led to over 2 million tickets sold, a successful marketing campaign and TV sales of US$630 million.

“This shows the development of the Olympic Movement in Asia since the first multi-sports event was held in Manila in 1913. At that time it was called the Oriental Games and six countries participated. The event developed into the first Asian Games in Delhi, India, in 1951, when 11 countries participated, and now we have moved on to Guangzhou with the participation of all 45 countries and regions in the OCA.”

Captain Husain said he was looking forward to gathering again for the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, Korea, in 2014.
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