Result Of 2010 Asian Games and It's Upcoming Venues-
|XVI Asian Games|
Logo of the 2010 Asian Games
|Host city||Guangzhou, China|
|Motto||Thrilling Games, Harmonious Asia|
|Events||476 in 42 sports|
|Opening ceremony||12 November|
|Closing ceremony||27 November|
|Officially opened by||Wen Jiabao|
|Athlete's Oath||Fu Haifeng|
|Judge's Oath||Yan Ninan|
|Torch Lighter||He Chong|
|Main Stadium||Haixinsha Island|
The 2010 Asian Games, also known as the XVI Asiad, was a multi-sport event in Guangzhou, China that began on 12 November and finished on 27 November 2010. Guangzhou was the second Chinese city to host the Games, after Beijing in 1990. A total of 476 events in 42 sports was contested by athletes, making it the largest event in the history of the Games. It was also the last iteration of the Games to have featured such big events, as the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) have enforced new hosting rules for future games, beginning with the 2014 Games.
Guangzhou was awarded the right to host the Games on July 1, 2004, as the sole bidding city. This came after the withdrawal of several cities, Amman, Kuala Lumpur and Seoul. The games were co-hosted by Dongguan, Foshan and Shanwei, the three neighbouring cities.
The opening and closing ceremonies were held along the Pearl River in Haixinsha Island, and was the first time in history that the opening ceremony for a major sports event was not held inside a stadium. The final medal tally was led by traditional powerhouse China, followed by South Korea and third place Japan. China set a new Games record with 199 gold medals. Some three World and 103 Asian records were broke. In addition, the Badminton men's singles gold medalist Lin Dan was voted as Most Valuable Player (MVP). The President of Olympic Council of Asia Sheikh Ahmed Al-Fahad Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah hailed the Games as "outstanding" and "one of the best ever".
The 2010 Asian Games' official emblem was unveiled at Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall on November 26, 2006. It is a stylized goat, which, in Chinese tradition, is a blessing and brings people luck. It is also a representative symbol of the host city Guangzhou, which is called the "City of Rams" or "City of the Five Rams".
Five sporty rams, dubbed "Le Yangyang," will serve as the mascots of the Games. They were unveiled on April 28, 2008 at the Guangzhou Baiyun International Convention and Exhibition Center. The five rams are named A Xiang (祥), A He (和), A Ru (如), A Yi (意) and Le Yangyang (樂洋洋), and are a play on Guangzhou's nickname, "City of Goats". Moreover, the Chinese character "yang," or "goat," is also an auspicious symbol because, when read together, the Chinese names of the five rams are a message of blessing, literally meaning "harmony, blessings, success and happiness" (祥和如意樂洋洋).
The official theme song was released on September 30, 2010, and is called "Reunion" (in Chinese, "Chongfeng" [重逢]), and was composed by Wu Liqun, with lyrics written by Xu Rongkai, while the English version was translated by Chen Ning Yang, a Chinese-American physicist, and his wife, Weng Fan. The song was also performed by Sun Nan and Bella Yao (姚贝娜). Sun Nan then performed it again with Mao Amin for a music video.
Several statements were made prior to the official statement about the cost. On March 11, 2005, Lin Shusen of the Guangzhou Municipal Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) said the Games "will not cost more than ￥2 billion", in stark contrast to an earlier report, which had claimed that the cost could exceed ￥200 billion.
In March 2009, the director of the marketing department of the Games, Fang Da’er, claimed that the Games were short of funds, due to lack of sponsorship and the global financial crisis. An informal estimate put the Games' expenditure at about US$420 million and revenue at US$450 million.
On October 13, 2010, Mayor of Guangzhou Wan Qingliang officially revealed in a press conference that the total cost of staging the Asian Games and Asian Para Games is about ￥122.6 billion ($17 billion), with ￥109 billion spent on infrastructure, ￥6.3 billion on the venues and some ￥7.3 billion spent on Games' operation.
There are 53 competition venues and 17 training venues available for the Games, with four venues held outside the Guangzhou. These include the Asian Games Town, which consists of the Athletes' Village, Technical Officials' Village, Media Village, Main Media Center and International Broadcast Center. Organisers revealed that the total investment is over ￥15 billion.
On April 19, 2009, organisers chose Haixinsha Island, along with the Pearl River, as the venue for the opening and closing ceremonies, the only venue which was not for competition purposes.
To prepare for the Games, the public infrastructure has been upgraded significantly. Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport had been upgraded, in contracted to Crisplant, to support massive volume of passengers. A new Wuhan–Guangzhou High-Speed Railway was opened on December 26, 2009, shorten the travel time between two destinations.
In order to ease the traffic congestion and air pollution, the government had ordered to reduce 40 percent of vehicles, and offered 1,000 buses during the Games and Para Games. Government also had free-ride offer for public transportation during the month of Games, but cancelled one week prior to the Games due to overwhelming response from the citizens. Instead, government offered ￥150 ($21) cash subsidies to each household with permanent residence for commuting purposes.
The opening ceremony officially began on November 12, 2010 at 20:00 local time. For the first time in history, the ceremony was not held inside a stadium; instead, it was held along the Pearl River on Haixinsha Island. The ceremony was directed by Chen Weiya, assistant director of the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, and featured a cast of about 6,000 performers. It was attended by the Premier of the People's Republic of China, Wen Jiabao, President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari, Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva,, Chief Secretary for Administration of Hong Kong Henry Tang, as well as President of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA), Sheikh Ahmed Al-Fahad Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah and President of International Olympic Committee Jacques Rogge. The ceremony lasted for three hours, and together with the closing ceremony cost about ￥380 million ($53 million).
Athletes were paraded by boats along the Pearl River. The ceremony featured the water-themed arts show and culture of Guangzhou. The last torchbearer, diver He Chong lit up the cauldron, after igniting the traditional Chinese firecrackers whose flare shot up to the top of the tower where the cauldron was held.
The ceremony was regarded as successful by IOC President Jacques Rogge who described it as "absolutely fantastic", and said Guangzhou has the ability to host the Olympics. OCA director general Husain Al-Musallam praised the games saying that it was unique, fantastic and "just better than the Beijing Olympics".
Compared to the 28 events in the Olympic Games, the 2010 Asian Games featured 42 sports throughout the 16 days of the competition, with added disciplines in some events. 28 and five gold medalists emerged during the opening day and final day respectively, while a total of 48 gold medalists were awarded on November 26, 2010, the most in single day. Twenty20 cricket is one of the debut sports, while dancesport, dragon boat, weiqi and roller sport is unique in the Games. Bodybuilding was dropped due to judging controversy in the 2006 Games.
The closing ceremony began on November 27, 2010 at 8:06pm local time in front of 35,000 spectators. The show began with the theme "Leave Your Song Here", which included music and dance from China, India, Indonesia, Lebanon, Japan, Kazakhstan and Mongolia. The singers included the only Indian singer invited by Asian Games authority 'Ravi k Tripathi' with Tanya, who sang "Saajan ji Ghar Aaye" and "Aao re Jhumo re", Indonesian's "Sing Sing So" and Japanese "Sakura".
The ceremony also included an eight-minute segment from Incheon with singer and actor Rain performing the segment. The Mayor of Incheon Song Young-gil received the Games flag for 2014 Games.
The closing ceremony ended with the song "Kai Xuan [凯旋]". performed by various artists from Taiwan, Hong Kong and mainland China, among them are Alan Tam, Leo Ku and Hacken Lee.
China led the medal table for the eighth consecutive time with a new record for the most number of gold medals (at 199 gold medals) won in a single Games. This bettered their previous record of 183 gold medals won by China at Beijing in 1990. Macau, and Bangladesh won their first Asian Games gold medal from wushu and cricket. Some 35 NOCs (except Kuwait who competed under the Olympic flag) won at least a single medal with 27 NOCs winning at least a single gold medal, thus leaving nine NOCs failing to win any medal at the Games.
The top ten ranked NOCs at these Games are listed below. The host nation, China, is highlighted.
|2||South Korea (KOR)||76||65||91||232|
|7||Chinese Taipei (TPE)||13||16||38||67|
All 45 members of the Olympic Council of Asia participated in the Games. All National Olympic Committees were ordered to submit their entries before September 30, 2010. Organisers allowed each NOC to submit additional entries and injury replacements after the deadline. After the final registration deadline, some 9,704 athletes, as well as some 4,750 team officials, took part in the Games, an increase of 184 athletes from the previous Asian Games in Doha. According to the Games' official website, Kuwaiti athletes participated the Games under the Olympic flag because the Kuwait Olympic Committee was suspended due to political interference in January 2010.
Below is a list of all the participating NOCs; the number of competitors per delegation is indicated in brackets.
- Afghanistan (66)
- Bahrain (82)
- Bangladesh (150)
- Bhutan (11)
- Brunei (9)
- Cambodia (22)
- China (960)
- North Korea (188)
- Hong Kong (401)
- India (626)
- Indonesia (216)
- Iran (362)
- Iraq (42)
- Japan (726)
- Jordan (86)
- Kazakhstan (365)
- South Korea (788)
- Kuwait (184)
- Kyrgyzstan (135)
- Laos (53)
- Lebanon (49)
- Macau (168)
- Malaysia (325)
- Maldives (82)
- Mongolia (219)
- Myanmar (69)
- Nepal (140)
- Oman (52)
- Pakistan (169)
- Palestine (41)
- Philippines (188)
- Qatar (250)
- Saudi Arabia (164)
- Singapore (240)
- Sri Lanka (104)
- Syria (44)
- Chinese Taipei (399)
- Tajikistan (67)
- Thailand (593)
- Timor-Leste (23)
- Turkmenistan (111)
- United Arab Emirates (84)
- Uzbekistan (220)
- Vietnam (260)
- Yemen (32)
On November 17, Yang Shu-chun of Chinese Taipei, was abruptly disqualified with 12 seconds left in the first round of the taekwondo competition, while leading her opponent 9–0. She was accused of having or attempting to have installed an illegal sensor on the heel of her socks. The event quickly turned into an international incident, with officials, politicians and public opinion from Chinese Taipei, China and South Korea trading accusations of manipulation and fraud.
About 1,400 random doping tests had been carried during the Games, two positive cases were found, judoka Shokir Muminov on 19 November 2010 and Greco-Roman wrestler Jakhongir Muminov on 24 November 2010, both from Uzbekistan and tested positive for methylhexanamine.
2014 Asian Games Will Start At South Korea-
|XVII Asian Games|
Official emblem of 2014 Asian Games
|Host city||Incheon, South Korea|
|Motto||Diversity Shines Here|
|Opening ceremony||September 19|
|Closing ceremony||October 4|
|Main Stadium||Incheon Asiad Main Stadium|
The 2014 Asian Games, officially known as the XVII Asiad, is the largest sporting event in Asia governed by Olympic Council of Asia (OCA). It is scheduled to take place in Incheon, South Korea from September 19–October 4, 2014. The events of the Games will be finalised in December 2010, during the OCA executive board meeting in Muscat, Oman.
Incheon was awarded the right on April 17, 2007, defeated Delhi, India to host the Games. Incheon is the third city in South Korea after Seoul (1986) and Busan (2002) to host the Asian Games.
Unveiled on September 16, 2010, "Diversity Shines Here" is the official slogan of the Games. It represents and highlights the significance of Asia’s wonderful diversity in history, cultures, and religions.
Three seal siblings was unveiled on November 4, 2010 as official mascot of the Games in Songdo Island, Incheon. The three seals, known as "Barame", "Chumuro" and "Vichuon", means wind, dance and light in Korean language, is in accordance with the theme of main venue. The prototype was took from Baengnyeong Island. According to the organisers, the mascot was chosen as symbolic to the future peace between South Korea and North Korea.
Official emblem also unveiled on same day, represent by a huge wing consisting of a string of "A", the first letter of "Asia", with a shining sun at its upper left, it symbolising the Asian people holding hands in the sky.
The organisers announced that 40 competition venues and 56 training venues would be used during the Games, with half of the competition venues to be constructed and completed by June 2014. The Games also consist two athletes and media villages.
The main stadium is a newly built arena. The USD$400 million stadium was designed by Populous, an Australian company who also designed several stadium around the world, and also main stadium of the 2012 Summer Olympics. The stadium consist 70,000 seats, with reduction to 30,000 seats after the Games.
The organisers initially proposed to stage 38 sports in the Games, but during the 28th Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) general assembly in Singapore in July 2009, it was decided that the number of sports be trimmed to 35 by contesting the 28 Olympic sports and in-addition of seven non-Olympic sports.
The seven non-Olympic sports will be finalised in December 2010 in OCA's executive board meeting in Muscat, Oman. The issue has been delayed due to conflict of interest between the organisers and OCA. On 13 November 2010, organisers proposed baseball, ten-pin bowling, kabbadi, sepak takraw, softball, squash, wushu for inclusion and drop cricket due to their view that it is played in a small number of countries and they lacked infrastructure to host it. The OCA however, insisting the inclusion of karate, as well as cricket because the sport can generate returns through television viewership due to high spectator interest, while ten-pin bowling was recommended to be re-designated for the Indoor Games.