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The Chairman of the OCA Coordination Committee, Mr. Tsunekazu Takeda.
Vision 2014: a ‘wonderful’ initiative

05 Oct 2012
Incheon, Korea: The Chairman of the OCA Coordination Committee, Tsunekazu Takeda, has described the OCA-Incheon Vision 2014 initiative as a “wonderful programme” aimed at closing the gap between Asia’s 45 National Olympic Committees. Vision 2014 is a joint venture between the OCA and Incheon Metropolitan City with a budget of US$20 million over eight years, starting from 2007 and running through to the 17th Asian Games in Incheon in September-October 2014.

It enables smaller NOCs to send athletes to Korea for training camps, dispatches specialist Korean coaches overseas and provides sports equipment, among other incentives. A Vision 2014 update to the 5th OCA Coordination Committee at Incheon on Friday reported that 495 athletes had benefited from 103 projects, including 478 athletes from 21 NOCs for 50 invitational training camps, 17 coaches to six NOCs and equipment support for 17 NOCs.

As a direct result of this support, 35 athletes from nine NOCs had won seven gold medals, 15 silver medals and 13 bronze medals in international competitions, the meeting heard. “I think this is a wonderful programme, the first time for an Asian Games,” said Chairman Takeda, an IOC member and President of the Japanese Olympic Committee. “I would like to thank you for your support of Asian NOCs in the build-up to the 17th Asian Games in 2014. It is an excellent project.”
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