Kuwait City, Kuwait, June 27, 2022: The Director General of the Olympic Council of Asia, Husain Al Musallam, has paid a fulsome tribute to the Shantou Municipal Government for their efforts to make the now-cancelled 3rd Asian Youth Games a success.
In a Letter of Appreciation written last week to the Shantou Municipal Government, Mr. Al Musallam praised the “great efforts and contributions” made by the body as it looked forward to the city hosting the third edition of the Asian Youth Games in December 2022.
“On behalf of the Olympic Council of Asia and myself, I present the most heartfelt appreciation to your authority,” wrote the OCA Director General.
“The Shantou Municipal Government has made great efforts and contributions during the preparation phase of the 3rd Asian Youth Games Shantou 2021 under the adverse conditions of a complicated epidemic situation.
“The sports legacy you’ve made will play an irreplaceable role in the future development of Shantou sports. I would like to show my great respect to the Shantou Municipality Government,” Mr. Al Musallam added.
The OCA Executive Board which met on May 6 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, decided to cancel the Shantou showpiece due to the pandemic situation in China. The Games were scheduled for December 20-28, 2022.
As the Games had already been postponed from 2021, the OCA Executive Board decided that Shantou will be cancelled and that the next Games will be held in the Uzbek capital Tashkent in 2025.