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15-year-old Sardor Mirakhmedov of No. 50 School in Tashkent winner of the Fun Learn quiz.
OCA Youth Reporter Project, Fun Learn held in Tashkent

13 Oct 2012
Tashkent, Uzbekistan: The Olympic Council of Asia, in conjunction with the Incheon Asian Games Organising Committee and National Olympic Committee of Uzbekistan, completed the first day of a weekend of Olympic activities on Saturday. In the morning, 45 students from 10 schools and lyceums took part in the Asian Games Youth Reporter Project, which involves a two-hour workshop followed by one-hour essay-writing competition.

Workshop topics include typical challenges faced by reporters covering the Asian Games, such as preparation and research on athletes and sports, sports reporting and conducting interviews with gold medal-winning athletes. The 45 essays were collected and assessed by the OCA Media Department. The winning entry will be announced on Sunday and invited to attend the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, Korea, in 2014 as part of the OCA reporting team for the official website and Sporting Asia magazine.

The opening ceremony was presided over by Mr Malik Babaev, President, NOC Uzbekistan. The Incheon delegation was led by IAGOC Secretary General Mr Kwon Kyung Sang and the OCA delegation by Mr Vahid Kardany from the Technical Department at Kuwait HQ. One of the exercises is a mock press conference, giving students the opportunity to introduce themselves and ask questions in an official press conference-style atmosphere.

The special guest for the press conference was a well-known sports journalist Timur Nizayev, who has reported on three Asian Games and three Olympic Games for his newspaper in Uzbekistan. Students were able to ask him about life as an international sports journalist, the ups and downs, highs and lows, and the special qualities needed to keep on top of this varied but demanding job.

In the afternoon, the Fun Learn quiz began with some 70 students and tested the knowledge of the Asian Games, the OCA and a variety of sports. After a series of elimination rounds, the winner was 15-year-old Sardor Mirakhmedov of No. 50 School in Tashkent. The two events on Saturday took place in the Conference Hall of the Miran International Hotel. On Sunday, the Asian Games Fun Run will take place with 500 students aged from nine to 16 in seven categories, including a Paralympic class.
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