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OCA to consider calendar changes
OCA to consider calendar changes

29 Jun 2009
The Olympic Council of Asia will consider making sweeping changes to its competition calendar at the General Assembly in Singapore on July 3. The biggest change would see the OCA's flagship event, the Asian Games, put back one year to 2019 -- one year before the Summer Olympic Games instead of its traditional place, two years before the Olympics.

The changes would also result in the Asian Indoor Games and the Asian Martial Arts Games merging into one event, held every four years. This would leave the OCA with five events as opposed to six in the current schedule.

The proposed changes were discussed at a meeting of the OCA's powerful Sports Committee on Monday morning, and will be presented to the Executive Board on Tuesday afternoon. Final approval can only be given by the General Assembly, which meets on July 3.

With events already pencilled in through to the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, Korea, the new calendar would take effect from 2016.

The chairman of the Sports Committee, Mr Wei Jizhong, said the new cycle would alleviate the logistical burden on the OCA's 45 National Olympic Committees, and result in only one multi-sports event per year -- except in the year of an Asian Winter Games, when there would be two.

In general, the OCA would try and restrict one sport to one games, but in special circumstances, such as beach volleyball, the same sport could be played in two different games, added Mr. Wei.

"Starting from 2016 we will use the new cycle, following studies and discussions among committee members and with the OCA technical department," said the Sports Committee chairman.

"This proposal will go to the Executive Board and in general we accept, with some comments. We will say the Sports Committee agreed in principle with all these proposals regarding the distribution of sports and the cycle.

"The final decision will come from the General Assembly."

The proposed new cycle, including International Olympic Committee events, would be as follows:

2011: Asian Winter Games, Astana-Almaty, Kazakhstan.
2012: Olympic Games, London; Asian Beach Games, Haiyang, China.
2013: Asian Youth Games, Incheon, Korea (Subject to government approval) Asian Indoor-Martial Arts Games, Doha, Qatar.
2014: Youth Olympic Games; Winter Olympic Games; Asian Games, Incheon, Korea.
2015: Asian Beach Games (to be decided).
2016: Olympic Games; Asian Indoor-Martial Arts Games (TBD).
2017: Asian Winter Games (TBD), Asian Youth Games (TBD).
2018: Youth Olympic Games, Winter Olympic Games; Asian Beach Games (TBD).
2019: Asian Games (TBD).
2020: Olympic Games; Asian Indoor-Martial Arts Games (TBD).

The OCA will hold three events in 2009: the first Asian Youth Games in Singapore, the first Asian Martial Arts Games in Thailand and the third Asian Indoor Games in Vietnam.

The two OCA events in 2010 will be the 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou, China, in November, and the second Asian Beach Games in Muscat, Oman, in December.
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