Hangzhou Vice Mayor provides 19th Asian Games update to OCA General Assembly

Hangzhou Vice Mayor provides 19th Asian Games update to OCA General Assembly

Phnom Penh, Cambodia, October 4, 2022: The Vice Mayor of Hangzhou, Chen Weiqiang, said the organising committee of the 19th Asian Games was ready to stage a “streamlined, safe and spectacular” event on the new dates of September 23 to October 8, 2023.

Addressing the 41st OCA General Assembly on Tuesday, Vice Mayor Chen said preparations had not stopped during the years of the pandemic or after the postponement of the Asian Games was announced on May 6.

“I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to the OCA and the National Olympic Committees for your support,” said Vice Mayor Chen, who is also Deputy Secretary General of organising committee HAGOC.

“With the support of the State Council and Zhejiang province, we have continued to make good progress in Games preparations and we are basically ready for hosting the Asian Games.

“We have not stopped our efforts in hosting a streamlined, safe and spectacular Asian Games.”

The organising committee strongly recommended that everyone going to Hangzhou should be fully vaccinated, although the health protocols have not been set by the Chinese government one year out from the Asian Games.

Here are some of the key facts and figures of the 19th Asian Games, as well as revised deadlines:

Sports: 40

Disciplines: 61

Events: 482

*54 competition venues and 31 independent training venues completed and passed functional acceptance. The 54 competition venues and 30 of the training venues are open to the public and have attracted 2 million participants.

*The main Asian Games Village in Hangzhou is ready for operation, with five athletes’ sub-villages at Chun’an, Tonglu, Ningbo, Jinhua and Wenzhou. Athletes Village: Pre-opening, September 9. Official opening, September 16.

*Venues for 61 disciplines checked and accepted by the Technical Delegate of each sport discipline.

*Sports Entry deadlines for National Olympic Committees:

Entry by Sport: December 2020 to February 2021 (completed)

Entry by Number: February 1 to March 15, 2023

Entry by Name: June 1 to July 15, 2023

*Accreditation: December 20, 2022 to May 20, 2023

*The first version of the Hangzhou 2022 Covid-19 prevention and control playbook to be released in May 2023

*June 2023: Second World Press Briefing