POSTED: Thursday November 18th 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
China Leading Medal Count at Halfway Mark of 16th Asian Games
As of today, China leads with 106 gold medals, 41 silver and 40 bronze medals
GUANGZHOU, China - November 18, 2010 - The 16th Asian Games (www.gz2010.cn/en), part of the worldwide Olympic movement and governed by the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA), sees host China leading all NOCs in the medal count at the halfway mark of the Games.
The Asian Games are the second largest sports event in the world after the Summer Olympic Games.
As of today, China leads with 106 gold medals, 41 silver and 40 bronze medals; South Korea is second with 32 gold, 25 silver and 37 bronze with Japan third with 18 gold, 43 silver and 37 bronze.
In other developments:
* 10,410 athletes, 4,817 technical officials and more than 9,000 accredited media reporters and members from different countries’ youth camp checked in the Asian Games Town.
* Chinese Public Security has reported no major security incidents. Traffic security has inspected more than 2.7 million vehicles and more than 5.3 million passengers.
* During the Opening Ceremony more than 100,000 police officers were on the streets of Guangzhou with 117,000 manning the torch relay ahead of the Games.
* As previously announced by the Guangzhou Public Security Bureau, the total budget of the Bureau's security arrangements for the Asian Games is RMB990 million.
* There has been 399 random sampling inspections of food and raw materials
* Civic officials report no public health incidents.
* Some 226 on-site food supply and safety assurance teams work 24 hours a day to keep real-time supervision on all Asian Games service providers.
* More than one million cars have been removed from the city streets.
A record number of athletes from 45 countries and regions are participating in 476 gold medal events in 42 sports. Cricket, dancesport, roller sports, dragon boat and chess, including weiqi and xiangqi, are newly added sports at the Asian Games, which will also feature those unique to the continent such as kabaddi and sepaktaraw.
Guangzhou is the second Chinese city to host an Asian Games following Beijing in 1990.
About The 16th Asian Games
The 16th Asian Games (www.gz2010.cn/en) is approved and governed by the Olympic Council of Asia and will be held in “Flower City” of Guangzhou from November 12 - 27, 2010. More than 14,000 athletes and team officials from 45 countries and regions will compete in 42 sports. More than 9,300 accredited and non-accredited worldwide media are anticipated to cover the Games with more than three million spectators expected to attend.
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For additional information:
Mr. Jeff Ruffolo
Executive Advisor - Chief Communications Officer
The 16th Asian Games
The 2010 Para Games of Asia
Mobile (86) 1350 244 2900
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Name: Jeff Ruffolo
Organization: The 16th Asian Games
Phone: (86) 1350 244 2900
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