Bangkok, Thailand, November 4, 2019: The first of two regional forums for the Olympic Council of Asia’s 45 National Olympic Committees came to a close at the Arnoma Grand Hotel in Bangkok on Monday afternoon.
Although the majority of the forum was dedicated to final preparations for the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2020, the second afternoon session also featured progress reports from two organising committees of upcoming OCA events: the 19th Asian Games in Hangzhou, China in 2022 and the 6th Asian Beach Games in Sanya, China in 2020.
The Director of the OCA’s Asian Games department, Haider Farman, thanked the NOC delegates from South East Asia and East Asia for their contribution to the forum and praised the organisation and hospitality of the Thailand National Olympic Committee.
He also thanked the Tokyo 2020 organising committee and the IOC’s Olympic Solidarity for their detailed presentations to assist the Asian NOCs in their build-up to the next Olympic Games, which will run from July 24 to August 9, 2020.
The second day of presentations included the main Olympic Village in Tokyo, the two satellite villages for cycling and sailing, transportation, ticketing and the social etiquette and culture of Japan.
Regarding food and beverage, Tokyo 2020 organisers are preparing to serve 17.8 meals during the Games: 1 million for athletes and officials, 0.2 million for the press and media, 3.1 million for the workforce and 13.5 million for the spectators.
*Hangzhou 2022 said 40 sports and between 460 and 470 medal events would be held in 56 competition venues at the 19th Asian Games, which will run from September 10-25, 2022. There will be one Asian Games Village 3km from Olympic Park plus four satellite villages in three co-hosting cities.
The emblem “Surging Tides” has already been revealed, while the slogan is set to be released on December 15, 2019 – 1,000 days before the opening ceremony. There have been 4,633 entries for the mascot design and organisers are planning to unveil the winner at the end of the year.
An Asian Games promotional campaign by HAGOC in cooperation with the OCA - “We are Family” - will start next year around Asia, including OCA HQ in Kuwait plus Japan, Thailand and other countries.
*Sanya 2020 has already launched its slogan – “See ya in Sanya” - and emblem and plans to unveil the mascot at the one-year countdown ceremony on November 28. Organisers said the sports programme for the November 28-December 6, 2020 ABG would feature 17 sports and 94 events.
The deadline for the three levels of Sport Entry – Entry by Sport, Entry by Number and Entry by Name – would be finalised after confirmation of the date of the Chefs de Mission Seminar next year, but the first entry would begin in December, organisers said.
*The second OCA/OS regional forum, for NOCs from West Asia, Central Asia and South Asia, will run from November 5-6.