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Young boys and girls accompanying with their parents spreading the Olympic spirit in Beijing
Incheon AG Fun Run strengthens Sino-Korean sports ties

24 Sep 2012
Kuwait: The recent leg of the Incheon Asian Games Fun Run + Learn series in Beijing has brought the sporting communities of China and Korea closer together, according to the Chinese Olympic Committee (COC) and the Incheon Asian Games Organising Committee (IAGOC).

Speaking to the official website of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA), ocasia.org, Mr. Zuo Zhiyong, COC Deputy Secretary General, said: "The 17th Asian Games will take place in Incheon from September 19 to October 4, 2014, and this will be the third time for Korea to host the Asian Games after Seoul in 1986 and Busan in 2002.

"Since the 2006 Doha Asian Games, OCA and the organising committee of the Asian Games have jointly established a series of Fun Runs around the continent to promote the Asian Games. With these activities, the public, especially the youngsters, learn more about the Asian Games. In addition, the activities also propose a healthy lifestyle and popularise the Olympic Spirit."

The Chinese sports official added: “The COC has always been dedicated to the development of the Olympic Movement. Collaborating closely with OCA and NOCs, COC has hosted the 1990 Beijing Asian Games, 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games, 2012 Haiyang Asian Beach Games and other multi-sports games of Asia. Next year we will host the second Asian Youth Games, Nanjing 2013.”

Mr. Park Byungjin, Director General of Cultural Events and Public Relations for Incheon 2014, expressed the same feelings.

“I am very happy to see the 14th Fun Run + Learn event held here in Beijing, host of the 2008 Summer Olympics, which surprised the world with its grand Opening Ceremony,” he said.

"And I would like to express my deepest gratitude to the COC President, Liu Peng, and members of the Chinese Olympic Committee and OCA staff for such wonderful arrangements for this event.

"Just like China successfully staged the Beijing Olympics and two Asian Games, Korea has also hosted the Summer Olympics and two Asian Games as well as the FIFA World Cup. Built on such rich experiences, our Organising Committee is doing its best to deliver a successful Asian Games."

OCA representative Vahid Kardany praised both China and Korea for their great contributions to the Olympic Movement in Asia.

"The 11th Asian Games in Beijing in 1990 was a milestone in our Asian Olympic Movement and we are honoured and proud that the 17th Incheon Asian Games 2014 Fun Run could revisit Panda Square and bring back the great memory of those days,” he said.

"We are absolutely delighted to see so many young boys and girls and their parents taking part in this event to spread the spirit of the Olympic Movement and to increase the awareness of the Incheon Asian Games in China."

The 14th Incheon Asian Games Fun Run + Learn in Beijing on Saturday, September 22, attracted more than 700 students and 100 parents.
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