Hangzhou, China, September 15, 2023: The Olympic Council of Asia is stepping up its efforts to make sure every athlete’s voice is heard at the 19th Asian Games in Hangzhou, China.
For the first time in history, the OCA is conducting an election among athletes to produce 10 members of the Athletes’ Committee.
The OCA has announced that athletes will be able to vote at one of six voting stations from September 18 to October 6, located in the Athletes’ Village in Hangzhou and at the sub-athletes’ villages in the five co-host cities.
The athletes will be voting for 10 members of the Athletes’ Committee – one female and one male from each of the five OCA zones: West Asia, Central Asia, South Asia, South East Asia and East Asia.
The results will be announced on October 7 – the day before the closing ceremony of the 19th Asian Games – and the OCA is determined to attract as many athletes as possible to the voting stations.
The Athletes’ Dining Hall in the main Asian Games Village is already decorated with colourful voting booths, slogans such as “Your Vote, Your Voice” and the all-important QR code on which the athletes can complete the simple voting process.
In addition to this, the OCA has produced informative posters with the photos of the 26 candidates nominated by the National Olympic Committees for the 10 positions. These posters will attract more attention to the elections and allow athletes to check out who has been nominated from their own zone. An attractive pin badge dedicated to the Athletes' Committee election will also add to the occasion.
The OCA will host a press conference to announce the start of voting for the Athletes’ Committee elections on Monday, September 18 – the same day as the Main Media Centre opens.