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OCA Vice President Timothy Fok arrives for the press conference on Friday.
OCA made ‘brilliant choice’ for 3rd ABG, says VP Fok

22 Jun 2012
Haiyang, China: Olympic Council of Asia Vice President Timothy Fok said the OCA had made a “brilliant choice” of host city for the 3rd Asian Beach Games when Haiyang was awarded the event in December 2006. Speaking at a joint press conference between the OCA and organising committee HABGOC on Friday, the OCA Vice President said the Chinese government and Chinese people had spared no effort in preparing for the ABG, fully justifying the OCA’s choice of host.

“The OCA cannot be more satisfied with the work of the organising committee,” he said.

“The compact lay-out is reflected in the location of the Athletes’ Village, Media Village, competition venues, Technical Officials’ hotel and official HQ hotels, and I believe HABGOC has set an example for future organisers.

“Thanks to the Haiyang Asian Beach Games, this dynamic coastal city will have a brighter future.”

In answer to a question from the media, the IOC member and Hong Kong National Olympic Committee President said there was little else in Haiyang five years ago apart from “sand and sun” – one of the themes of the Games.

“The seven days of competition in the Asian Beach Games will leave you with a resort for the next generation. Instead of a major city, Haiyang – which is a relatively small city – has set another standard in China and created a lot of hope and aspirations.”

Mr Fok also highlighted the sports development, with a gold medal for Afghanistan in men’s 3 x 3 basketball lifting the spirits of a war-weary nation, and a surprise gold for Iran in the South Asian pastime of kabaddi showcasing Asia’s sports culture.

The OCA’s Medical Committee Chairman, Dr M. Jegathesan, reported that there had been almost 1,500 medical encounters involving 250 participants and eight hospital admissions, with only one from overseas, and that 294 athletes had been tested in the anti-doping programme. The results from the WADA-accredited laboratory in Beijing are still coming in, but there are no positive cases to date.

Haiyang Mayor Jiang Shili reported that 1,601 athletes had competed in 49 events of the 13 sports, as well as 759 technical officials and sports officials. The Games had been covered by a total of 825 Chinese and overseas media, including broadcasting, and over 7,200 volunteers had been on duty, he reported.

A total of 23 National Olympic Committees won a medal, including 10 who won at least one gold.
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