Hangzhou, China, December 15, 2019: The 19th Asian Games organising committee has signed up the Alibaba Group as official partners of Hangzhou 2022. “We hope Alibaba will use its advanced information technology and cloud services to empower the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games, enabling athletes, officials, media reporters and millions of viewers from across Asia to feel the unique charm of the Hangzhou Asian Games," said Chen Weiqiang, Vice Mayor of Hangzhou and Deputy Secretary General of the organising committee, at a signing ceremony held in Hangzhou on December 10. Alibaba Group and its affiliate Alipay signed up to become official partners of the Hangzhou Asian Games at the ceremony. Hangzhou Vice Mayor Chen signed cooperation deals with Alibaba Chief Marketing Officer Dong Benhong and Ant Finance's Chief Marketing Officer Peng Yijie. Zhang Yong, CEO of Alibaba, said that Alibaba would provide help for the organising committee in the form of information technology, cloud services, financial technology and ecological preservation. Alipay will also work to make the games as digital as possible, Zhang added. During the games, a mini-app will be launched providing 18 intelligent services for visitors, including buying tickets, booking hotels and searching for tourist destinations. Hundreds of digital service stations outside Hangzhou will be set up to meet the online and offline demand for game-watching, shopping and traveling. The signing ceremony also saw the launch of the "public forest of the Hangzhou Asian Games" on Ant Forest, which was launched on the Alipay mobile app by Ant Financial Services Group in August 2016. Ant Forest is designed to reduce carbon emissions by giving users points every time they walk, take public transport or do a variety of other low-carbon activities through their Alipay account.