POSTED: November 7th 2014

OCA looks back at the success of the Incheon 2014 Asian Games

MARISSA FLANDERS / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The Asian Games' diversity and magic was transmitted today to the XIX Association of Olympic Committees (ANOC) General Assembly at the Centara Grand Convention Centre.

IOC Vice President, Yu Zaiqing of China presented the annual report on the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) activities on behalf of HE Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, ANOC and OCA President.

The delegates of the 203 National Olympic Committees (NOCs) were able to relive the success of the 17th Asian Games through a short action filled video. The 17th Asian Games took place from September 19th to October 4th in Incheon, South Korea. Highlights from the opening and closing ceremonies along with some of the sports were included in the video.

Some facts and figures of the 17th Asian Games were: 9,501 athletes from all 45 NOCs participated, 9,700 media, 439 events in 36 sports, 17 world records, and a 1.3 billion audience on TV.

The video concluded with Yu thanking the Korean Olympic Committee for delivering a successful Asian Games.

The participation of DPR (North) Korea in South Korea was brought up by Sheikh Ahmad to the delegates along with having high-ranking DPR Korea officials at the closing ceremony. He also pointed to the availability to overcome political obstacles through the power of sport. One example was the men's football game between South Korea and North Korea and also, likewise, with the men's hockey game between Pakistan and India.

Sheikh Ahmad stated, "For that we are very proud of Asia." He went on to add that the 4th Asian Beach Games will open in Phuket next week and Indonesia was awarded the 18th Asian Games in 2018.

Robin Mitchell of Fiji, Oceania National Olympic Committees (ONOC) President, informed the delegates that later this month that both the OCA and ONOC will sign a Memorandum of Understanding. This will allow ONOC to participate in the OCA's 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan in 2017, marking the first time that the Oceania NOCs will compete in an OCA event.

Keywords · OCA · KOC · ANOC · Asian Games · IOC · NOC · ONOC

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