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Incheon organsiers plan New Delhi flame-lighting for 17th Asian Games

2013-11-01 10:38:00 OCA

31 Oct 2013, Incheon, Korea: The Asian Games are set to go back to their roots in India for the start of the torch relay for the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, Korea, next year.

Organising committee IAGOC revealed their plans for the international and domestic torch relay on Thursday during the 7th OCA Coordination Committee meeting in Incheon – host city for the 17th Asiad from September 19 to October 4, 2014.

The plan is to light the Asian Games flame next August in New Delhi, which hosted the first Asian Games in 1951. The international relay will then continue through Hanoi, Vietnam, host of the 18th Asian Games in 2019, and Guangzhou, China, which organised the 16th Asiad in 2010.

The three-city international relay will run from August 19-23, with a 17km route and 40 torch bearers in each city.

The domestic relay will begin in Korea on August 24 and cover 3,800km on its way to the opening ceremony at Incheon on September 19. There will be a total of 4,400 runners and escorts, and each stop will feature cultural events and other celebrations.

The torch relay plan will be confirmed in November and submitted to the Olympic Council of Asia for approval in December.

The 17th Asian Games will feature 437 events in 36 sports. About 13,000 athletes and officials are expected to take part from the OCA’s 45 National Olympic Committees, as well as 7,000 media.

A total of 49 venues will be used, including 23 new venues; of those, 12 have been completed, eight are under construction and three are in the design stage for cycling-mountain bike, shooting-clay and beach volleyball. All venues will be completed by June 2014.

The new Main Stadium will have a capacity of 61,074 and is expected to be completed by April 30. It will host the opening ceremony, closing ceremony and the athletics competition.

The workforce will total 27,500, including volunteers, and 100,000 accreditation cards will be produced.

The 7th CC meeting took place 323 days before the opening ceremony and covered 20 topics, including transportation, accommodation, protocol, marketing, security and the Athletes’ Village, which will accommodate 13,000 people in 2,220 apartments. Construction of the Athletes’ Village stands at 54 per cent.

The 100-day countdown on June 11 will be celebrated with a K-Pop festival to promote the Games to the youth of Incheon, Korea and Asia.

Summing up the meeting, OCA CC Chairman Tsunekazu Takeda said the cooperation between the two sides would lead to the great success of the 17th Asian Games. He thanked IAGOC for their “great efforts and hard work” and said the OCA was “very happy” with the progress of preparations.

In the afternoon, the OCA and IAGOC visited the Seonhak boxing gymnasium and hockey stadium and the Munhak aquatics centre, which is named after Olympic swimming hero Park Tae-hwan.

Before the CC meeting, IAGOC, OCA and Shinhan Bank signed a Memorandum of Understanding for a Prestige Partner sponsorship for the 17th Asian Games. IAGOC was represented by Vice President Song Young-gil, Mayor of Incheon Metropolitan City, OCA by Vice President and OCA CC Chairman Tsunekazu Takeda and Shinhan Bank by Suh Jin-won, President and CEO.

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