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The OCA Media Committee and presenters in Ashgabat on Monday.
OCA Media Committee hears reports from games organisers

18 Sep 2017
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, September 18, 2017: The Olympic Council of Asia’s Media Committee held a fruitful meeting at the Olympiya Hotel in Ashgabat on Monday, September 18. Under the leadership of Mr Charles Lo, Chairman of the Media Committee and OCA Executive Board member, the committee heard reports from the organising committees of the 8th Asian Winter Games Sapporo 2017, the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games here in Ashgabat and the 18th Asian Games in Indonesia next year.

Summing up the meeting, Mr Lo said: “I would like to thank the representatives from the three organising committees for their detailed presentations and briefings to our committee members. “The media is always changing and the OCA will adapt to the new trends so that we can provide the best services and best working environment as possible for the media attending our games.

“There is a lot of information to pass on from one organising committee to the next, so this media committee meeting has been very useful in producing a firm plan and arrangements for the next games.” Organisers of the 8th AWG in Sapporo, Japan, last February were first to present, and reflected on a hugely successful event with the participation of over 2,000 media.

There were big numbers from China in particular and also from Korea due to the upcoming Winter Olympics in PyeongChang (2018) and Beijing (2022). The Main Media Centre was housed in the Sapporo Convention Centre and the services and facilities offered were of Olympic Games standard. The Press Conference Room in the Main Press Centre hosted four official press conferences, including two by the OCA to start and end the games.

The 8th AWG built on the strong legacy of the 1972 Winter Olympics in Sapporo in terms of competition venues and winter sports enthusiasts around Hokkaido and Japan. Indonesian Asian Games organising committee INASGOC is expecting 3,500 media – not including broadcasting – to attend the 18th Asiad in Jakarta and Palembang from August 18-September 2, 2018.

Media will be accommodated in hotels focused largely around the refurbished Gelora Bung Karno sports complex in downtown Senayan, as opposed to the planned media village, next to the Athletes’ Village at Kemayoran, north Jakarta; this was deemed too far from the Main Media Media Centre at the Jakarta Convention Centre in GBK.

There will be four venue clusters for the 18th Asian Games, including Jakabaring Sports City at Palembang, and the GBK complex will contain 18 venues. Media accreditation will open in January 2018 and close in June. Other key dates are the Asian Games International Media Forum and International Broadcasters’ Forum in Jakarta and Palembang this November; the World Press Briefing next February; and the Asian Games Test Event in 10 sports from February 10-24.

On the subject of Ashgabat 2017, organisers said the scale and splendour of the opening ceremony the previous evening highlighted the determination and ambition to make the games a huge success, not only in Central Asia but around the world. A total of 740 international media are attending the AIMAG, with 40 rights-holding broadcasters including the whole of Latin America.

Mr Lo, President of Macau NOC, thanked members from Malaysia, Japan, Chinese Taipei, Iraq and Iran for attending the meeting, as well as representatives from the three organising committees.
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