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OCA VP Timothy Fok closes Phuket 2014

23 Nov 2014
Phuket, Thailand: Olympic Council of Asia Vice President Timothy Fok brought the 4th Asian Beach Games Phuket 2014 to a close at a moving closing ceremony on Sunday evening.

The International Olympic Committee member from Hong Kong described the event as “an outstanding success” and said the sun, sea and sand of Thailand’s island paradise had provided the perfect environment for the OCA’s beach and sea sports festival.

“The athletes have put on a great show, the organisers have done a wonderful job, the competition venues have looked fantastic and the volunteers and organising committee have been the perfect hosts with their friendliness and hospitality,” he told the audience at Saphan Hin beach soccer stadium next to the Andaman Sea.

He declared the Games closed and asked the athletes to meet again in Vietnam in 2016 for the 5th Asian Beach Games.

HE Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, Minister of Tourism and Sport and Chairman of organising committee PABGOC, was the first to address the audience at a fast-moving, one-hour closing ceremony which also featured the handover of the OCA flag from Phuket to Nha Trang, Vietnam, and a short cultural performance by 46 dancers and singers from Vietnam.

After the flame was extinguished and lanterns disappeared into the night sky, all the performers entered the arena and closed out the ceremony with a fun-filled finale alongside the athletes.

The OCA's 4th Asian Beach Games ran from November 14-23 and featured over 2,300 athletes in 26 sports.
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