Nagoya, Japan, October 22, 2022: The Director General of the Olympic Council of Asia, Husain Al-Musallam, met with leaders of Nagoya city and Aichi prefecture on Saturday to discuss preparations for the 20th Asian Games in Japan in 2026.
The host delegation was led by the Governor of Aichi prefecture, Hideaki Omura, and the Mayor of Nagoya, Takashi Kawamura.
The OCA delegation, which also included Vinod Kumar Tiwari, Director of International and National Olympic Committee Relations, and OCA Executive Board honorary member Taha Al Kishry of Oman, was briefed on the progress of preparations for the 20th Asian Games.
The topics included the sports programme, competition venues and opening and closing ceremonies as well as a timeline and countdown towards the 2026 Asiad.
The 20th Asian Games will be held in Aichi prefecture and Nagoya city from September 19 to October 4, 2026 under the slogan “Imagine One Asia”.
Although the sports programme is not yet confirmed, there will be around 41 sports, comprised of 32 sports selected for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, five regional sports from the OCA’s five zones and a maximum of two sports each proposed by organising committee AINAGOC and by the OCA.
AINAGOC is planning for a maximum of 15,000 athletes and team officials from the OCA’s 45 National Olympic Committees.
The 19th Asian Games will be held in Hangzhou, China from September 23 to October 8, 2023, with 40 sports, 61 disciplines and 482 events.