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The OCA Sports Committee gathers in Haiyang on Friday.
OCA Sports Committee meets in Haiyang


15 Jun 2012
Haiyang, China: The Olympic Council of Asia’s Sports Committee, under the chairmanship of Zhang Jilong, met in Haiyang on Friday, June 15, for the first time since the OCA General Assembly in Tokyo last July. Describing the Sports Committee as one of the biggest committees in the OCA, Mr Zhang welcomed the new members and said he appreciated very much their contribution to the development of sport in Asia and to the OCA.

One of the most important tasks, he said, was actively involving the Sports Committee members in OCA events, and to help achieve this goal each member was allocated a particular sport to monitor at the 3rd Asian Beach Games, which run from June 16-22.

The meeting was held at the OCA HQ hotel on a day which began with heavy rain and strong winds blowing off the Yellow Sea.

With windsurfing and powered paragliding among the 13 sports, members agreed it was vital for the local organising committee to communicate closely with the Technical Delegate of each sport, as well as the OCA’s Asian Games department and OCA Sports Committee, to keep abreast of the weather conditions and forecast and to ensure contingency plans were in place if any events were affected.

Members heard updates on the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, Korea, in 2014, as well as the 4th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games, which will be held in Incheon in 2013 as a test event for the Asiad.

There were also presentations from the Asiania Parachute Federation, the Asian Go Federation and by the International e-Sports (electronic gaming) Federation on behalf of the Asian e-Sports Confederation regarding official recognition by the Olympic Council of Asia.

· The Asiania Parachute Federation is based in Saudi Arabia and has 27 members. With three main events, canopy piloting, canopy formation and precision accuracy landing, the APF is hoping to be allowed to compete in the Asian Games.

· The President of the Asian Go Federation, Mr Suh Dae-Won, said there were 13 member countries and regions in Asia, with China and Japan not yet affiliated but where the game was very popular. AGF was formed in 2006 and is based in Korea, where the sport is known as baduk and will appear in the 4th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in 2013. It is known as weiqi in China.

· The International e-Sports Federation, represented by Secretary General Oh Won-Suk, has 33 member countries worldwide, including 10 in Asia with a further three as candidate members. The IeSF was formed in 2008. Korea, which has 10 million e-gamers, has a professional league with eight professional e-sports teams. E-Sports appeared in two Asian Indoor Games, in Macau in 2007 and Vietnam in 2009, and is on the programme for the 4th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in Incheon in 2013.

All matters from the OCA Sports Committee will be referred to the 61st OCA Executive Board meeting on Saturday, June 16.
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