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OCA to break new ground in Mongolia

22 Feb 2012
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia: As Mongolians celebrate their Lunar New Year this week, the Olympic Council of Asia is about to embark on a new journey of its own in the capital of Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar. The Mongolian National Olympic Committee will be the first host of the OCA’s expanded Fun Run + Learn series to promote the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, Korea, in 2014.

On Tuesday, February 28, Mongolia NOC – in cooperation with the OCA – will stage the first Asian Games Youth Reporter Project at the NOC HQ, beginning at 10.0am. Mongolia NOC has made a special selection of English-speaking children aged under 16 from Ulaanbaatar schools, including Orchlon, Kings Kids, Hobby and ASU.

The workshop will provide the students with a typical Asian Games daily scenario involving preparation, reporting, interviewing and assembling the data and information to beat the deadline. The best article from the end-of-workshop exercise will become a member of the OCA media team for the 2013 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in Incheon in 2013 and the Asian Games the following year.

The following day, Wednesday, February 29 (10.0am), the Fun Learn element will take place – a multiple-choice quiz based on the Asian Games. Students will be tested on the history and the sports of the Asian Games. The Fun Run will be held at the Mongolian Culture and Entertainment Park in downtown Ulaanbaatar, starting at 2.0pm.

The snow-covered course will be 1.2 km for youngsters, and 2.4 km for more senior runners. There will be approximately 400 runners in four age and gender categories, selected from secondary schools in Ulaanbaatar, and the podium will be constructed of ice.

The Fun Run + Learn will attract a host of sports dignitaries, including Mongolia NOC President D. Zagdsuren; Vice President Ts. Damdin; IOC Hon. Member Sh. Magvan; K.H. Badamsuren, MP & NOC EB Member; Mr. E. Munkh-Ochir, MP & EB Member; Mr. Ch. Naranbaatar, Chairman of State Committee for Physical Education & Sport; Mr. Ch. Zorigtbaatar, Secretary General of the Mongolian Athletics Federation; and NOC Secretary General Jugder Otgontsagaan.

The event is also attracting wide media attention, with five TV stations and four newspapers signed up already, in addition to an official photographer for the Mongolian NOC website and local media. Mongolia will be the first of 10 stops for the OCA's Fun Run + Learn series in 2012.
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