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Hiroshi Takeuchi on the media tour.
Asian Games sets high bar for media services

10 Apr 2014
Incheon, Korea: One of the most respected media operations experts in the Olympic sports movement, Mr Hiroshi Takeuchi of Japan, believes the organisers of the Incheon Asian Games are doing a “good job” in terms of media services for this year’s OCA showpiece event. Speaking in Incheon, Korea, on Thursday, on the sidelines of the World Press Briefing for the 17th Asian Games, Mr Takeuchi said the 7,000 media expected to descend on Incheon in September could travel with an easy mind, especially regarding the price of accommodation.

“On the media tour we have seen the two types of apartment available to the media in the Media Village and the price is clearly stated at US$80 or US$100 per night,” he said. “All the media can come here without fearing a high rise in the cost of accommodation. Everyone can come with an easy mind.”

Mr Takeuchi, who is a member of the OCA Media Committee and IOC Press Commission and Chairman of the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) Press Commission, works for Kyodo News in Japan and has been the Japanese Olympic Committee Press Attache for Summer and Winter Olympic Games and Asian Games since Athens 2004.

He praised the Incheon organising committee for setting a very reasonable price for the media in the Media Village, which is next to the Athletes’ Village for the September 19 to October 4 Asian Games.

A bedroom with a private bathroom will cost US$100 per night, including breakfast, and a bedroom with a shared bathroom will cost US$80. The Media Village is new, with the choice of two- or three-bedroomed apartments, and has a capacity of 2,900 rooms.

Mr Takeuchi said the Asian Games media operations had developed rapidly in recent editions due to the transfer of knowledge from one organising committee to the next, resulting in a well established set of media requirements.

“The bar is quite high now for any city organising the Asian Games due to this transfer of knowledge in terms of media requirements,” he said.
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