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OCA Media Committee Chairman addresses World Press Briefing

10 Apr 2014
Incheon, Korea: The Incheon Asian Games Organising Committee (IAGOC) held the World Press Briefing for the 17th Asian Games at the Songdo Convensia in Incheon, Korea, on Thursday. Over 170 members of the media representing 19 countries attended the briefing, which involved a morning of presentations by the organising committee and an afternoon venue tour of the Asiad Main Stadium and Media Village.

The Chairman of the OCA Media Committee, Mr Charles Lo, welcomed the media on behalf of the OCA President, HE Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah. Mr Lo, President of Macau NOC, said the media had played a major part in the success of the Asian Games, which was first held in 1951 and has enjoyed an unbroken sequence every four years through to Incheon 2014.

“This shows the unity of Asia and the power of sport to unite people,” he said.Mr Lo said the OCA was very proud of the Asian Games for a number of reasons, as well as for bringing together the people of Asia.

“The Asian Games prepares our Asian athletes for the Olympic Games by providing top-class international competition in world-class venues,” he added. “The Asian Games promotes the diverse sporting culture that exists within the five zones of the OCA by presenting sports such as kabaddi from South Asia and sepaktakraw from South East Asia to a wider audience.

“The Asian Games brings together the youth of Asia from the four corners of our vast continent, fostering peace, friendship and understanding.

“This is the magic of the Asian Games. This is what makes the Asian Games special, and why the whole of Asia can embrace this festival of sport and culture and share in its success.”

The President of IAGOC, Mr Kim Young Soo, said the September 19 opening ceremony of the Incheon Asian Games was 162 days away and that the organisers had been preparing hard for six years to welcome some 23,000 athletes, officials and media from Asia’s 45 National Olympic Committees.

The briefing included all aspects of media operations, such as accreditation, accommodation, media
services and facilities at the Main Media Centre and Sub-Press Centres, transportation and social media guidelines. Here are some key dates:

•         The 17th Asian Games will run from September 19 to October 4 and feature 36 sports, 48 disciplines and 439 events.

•         The first gold medal of the Games will come in shooting and will be presented at 10am on September 20 – the women’s team 10m air rifle.

•         The media heard that 44 NOCs had entered 15,326 athletes in the first Entry by Sport deadline. The Entry by Number deadline is June 20 and the final Entry by Name is August 15. The draw for team sports is scheduled for August 21.

•         The International Torch Relay will run from August 9-15, starting with the flame lighting at the Dhyan Chand National Stadium in New Delhi, India – venue for the first Asian Games in 1951. The torch will travel to Vietnam and China on the way to Incheon for the domestic relay, covering 3,800km by road, air and sea.

•         A 100-day countdown event will take place on June 1 at Incheon Asiad Main Stadium, with a K-Pop concert and Asian friendship football match.

•         An Asian Games fashion day will be held on September 18 at the Hyatt Regency Incheon incorporating a United Nations fundraising event for Syrian refugees.

•         An Asian food festival will run from September 19 to October 3 at Munhak World Cup Stadium or Main Stadium and feature cooking demonstrations and competitions.

•         Media accreditation online deadline is May 20.
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