1st OCA Coordination Committee meeting for the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, Korea, in 2014
Athletes take centre stage for OCA
04 Apr 2010
Incheon, Korea: At the opening of the 1st OCA Coordination Committee meeting for the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, Korea, in 2014, CC Chairman Tsunekazu Takeda stressed that the welfare of athletes must always come first in planning for a major multi-sports event. “We have to think what is best for the athletes, and we will always share our ideas and information within the Organising Committee with the OCA, as well as the stakeholders and authorities,” Mr Takeda said at Sunday’s meeting.
“Let us not forget the athletes are at the centre of the OCA’s concern.”
After a morning tour of the rapidly-growing Incheon region, Mr Takeda said he was satisfied that the venues for the 2014 Asiad would be close to the city centre in a compact manner, allowing easy access for athletes and spectators.
“I am convinced that the Incheon Asian Games in 2014 will become another success and legend in OCA history,” he added.
But along with his confidence in the organisers came a timely warning as the world economy recovers from a financial meltdown.
“In order to continue the legacy of the OCA we must always keep in mind the economic market trends and try to reduce the cost of the Games. We do not have the luxury to spend immense amounts of money to make the Games a success. This means we have to make tough decisions from time to time.”
His confidence in the success of the 2014 Asian Games stemmed from Korea’s previous hosting of major OCA events, particularly the Asian Games in Seoul 1986 and Busan 2002, and the Asian Winter Games in Kangwon 1999.
“Korea is well known for its high capability in sports, not just their athletes’ performance but their experience in hosting major events such as the Asian Games,” he said.