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NOC delegates at the new Main Stadium and Athletes'' Village.
Press release: Incheon Asiad can take sport to the next level, says IAGOC President

01 Dec 2013
Incheon, Korea: The President of the Incheon Asian Games Organising Committee (IAGOC), Kim Young Soo, welcomed the delegates from Asia’s National Olympic Committees to the Chefs de Mission Seminar on Sunday.

Hosting a welcome lunch at Songdo Convensia Centre, Mr Kim said there were only 292 days to go until the opening ceremony of the 17th Asian Games on September 19, 2014, and thanked the OCA, the Korean government, the Korean Olympic Committee and Incheon Metropolitan City for all their efforts in assisting IAGOC.

Furthermore, he appealed for the spirit of sportsmanship and fair play to prevail in the race for medals at the 17th Asiad, which will run from September 19 to October 4 and feature 36 sports and 20,000 athletes, team officials and media from the 45 NOCs.

“I am asking the Chefs de Mission here to work together for the success of the Asian Games,” he said. “Together we can take sport to the next level through the Incheon Asian Games.”

Replying on behalf of the OCA, Hon. Life Vice President Wei Jizhong said not only new sports facilities had been developed in Incheon in the past six years but also a new city.

“As the OCA President, His Excellency Sheikh Ahmad Al-Sabah, always says, this is one of the important targets of the Asian Games,” said Mr Wei.

“The OCA and all the NOCs, together with the organisers, try to use these six or seven years of preparation for the Asian Games to bring something to the city, bring something to the people and bring something to the country. Now the whole of Asia and of world sport is focusing on the Incheon Asian Games.”

After the speeches, IAGOC President Kim Young Soo made a presentation to the Sports Minister of the Philippines, Ricardo Garcia, of US$10,000 and 2,000 items to aid the recovery from the devastating Typhoon Haiyan.

The first day of the seminar was taken up by a tour of venues, including the new Main Stadium, the Athletes’ Village, the Park Tae-Hwan Munhak Aquatics Centre, Incheon 2002 World Cup football stadium, hockey stadium and boxing gymnasium at Seonhak.

The five-storey, 61,074-capacity 2014 Incheon Asiad Main Stadium is costing US$465 million to build and will host the opening and closing ceremonies and athletics. It is 81 per cent complete and will be finished by the end of April and handed over to IAGOC in July.

Delegates inspected two of three different sizes of apartments at the Guwol Asiad Athletes’ Village in Central Incheon, which will house 13,000 athletes and officials. The adjacent Media Village will accommodate 2,900 media. All apartments have three bedrooms and two bathrooms.
Construction stands at 65 per cent and will be completed in May. The Village comprises of three blocks, 22 buildings each of 29 floors and 2,220 apartments providing 6,660 rooms.

The seminar continues on Monday with the presentations by the various departments of IAGOC followed by consultations.
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