New Delhi, India: The 2014 Incheon Asian Games Organizing Committee (IAGOC) held a PR roadshow in New Delhi, India, on Tuesday, March 18. In attendance at the event at the Hyatt Regency Delhi were: Mr Kim Young-soo, President, IAGOC; Mr Narayana Ramachandran, President, Indian Olympic Association; Mr Jitendra Singh, Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports of India; Mr Raja Randhir Singh, Secretary General, Olympic Council of Asia; and around 100 guests from the government, sports community and media.
At the roadshow, Mr Sushil Kumar, a wrestler who was the 2010 world champion and medallist at both the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, and Ms Deepika Kumari, an archer who is ranked No. 2 in the world, were appointed Goodwill Ambassadors in India for the 2014 Incheon Asian Games.
IAGOC also made donations to the Pullela Gopichand Badminton Foundation and the Markandeshwar Hockey Center in order to support these sports in India.
President Kim also visited the Dhyan Chand National Stadium in New Delhi, where the flame for the torch of the 2014 Asian Games will be lit on August 6. The stadium was the venue of the first Asian Games in 1951 and, from 2014, it will be the stage for the flame-lighting ceremony of all future Asian Games.
President Kim said: “It is very special to hold the 2014 Asian Games PR roadshow in New Delhi, the home of the very first Asian Games. On behalf of the Incheon Asian Games Organizing Committee I would like to extend gratitude to the Indian Olympic Association for helping us organize this roadshow.
“We at the Organizing Committee will do our utmost to make the 2014 Asian Games an occasion for all Asians to come together for peace and harmony in our continent.”
President Ramachandran added: “The Indian Olympic Association will do our best to provide support and assistance to contribute to the success of the Incheon Asian Games.”
The New Delhi event followed the five PR roadshows that were held last year, in Tashkent, Uzbekistan; Dubai, UAE; Singapore; Hanoi, Vietnam; and Guangzhou, China.
The 17th Asian Games will take place in Incheon, Korea, from September 19 to October 4, 2014.