2014 Asian Games
|XVII Asian Games|
Official emblem of 2014 Asian Games
|Host city||Incheon, South Korea|
|Motto||Diversity Shines Here|
|Events||437 in 36 sports|
|Opening ceremony||September 19|
|Closing ceremony||October 4|
|Main venue||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, with 437 events in 36 sports and disciplines set to feature in the Games.
|2014 Asian Games bidding results|
The vote was held on April 17, 2007 at the Marriot Hotel in Kuwait City, Kuwait, during the OCA's general assembly. Final presentation prior to the votes, Incheon make a new offer, raise USD$20 million funds to support the countries who yet won a medal in the Games, as well as offer free flight and accommodation to all the participants, while India has offered nothing. All 45 members voted, with voting held in secret ballot. Around 4 p.m. local time, it was announced that Incheon won the rights, although the vote results were not released, it was revealed Incheon won by 32–13.
It was widely felt that Delhi's lack of enthusiasm to host the event was the primary reason for its loss. Then Union Sports Minister of India, Mani Shankar Aiyar, spoke strongly against Delhi hosting the games and argued that it was better if the money allocated by India's government for organizing the sporting event was spent on building facilities for the poor. The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) president revealed that India's Sports Minister remarks against hosting the Games was the main reason for New Delhi's loss. The IOA delegation also added that the bids evaluation committee concerns about pollution and traffic in Delhi, as well as Delhi offering US$200,000 to each team for games support against Incheon's offer of US$20 million to all 45 nations participating in the event could also have contributed to the defeat.
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 taken 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.
Official poster of was released on March 31, 2011. The six posters, was designed after categorising the 28 Olympic sports into five groups to represent the philosophy and values of the Games. The five groups are racquet sports, ball sports, water sports, athletic sports and weight class.
Costs of the Games was estimated at approximately US$1.62 billion, with the Korean government and Incheon government covering 19% and 78.9% respectively. Of the total budget, some US$1.39 billion will be used for the construction of venue and infrastructure, while approximately US$11 million will cover the building and maintenance of training grounds. Around US$103 million will used for road and transportation projects.
However, report in April 2012 suggests the city is under pressure on its financial due to uprising debt.
The IAGOC is expected to save US$34 million after agreeing to reduce from 15,000 to 2,025 athletes to be provided free of charge for transportation and accommodation.
The main stadium, known as Incheon Asiad Main Stadium, has an all-seater capacity of 61,000 seats, with 30,000 seats are variable after the Games. The US$400 million stadium, who originally planned for 70,000 seats was designed by Populous, who has also designed several event venues around the world, including the Olympic Stadium of the 2012 Summer Olympics. The groundbreaking ceremony was held on June 28, 2011 in Yeonhui-dong, with construction beginning in June 2011 and expected to finish in April 2014.
This is a partial list of newly constructed venues for the Games:
|Dream Park Stadium||Golf, swimming, shooting, equestrian||1,000 – 1,500|||
|Ganghwa Stadium||Taekwondo, wushu, BMX||1,010 – 4,026|||
|Gyeyang Stadium||Badminton, archery|||
|Munhak Park Tae-hwan Aquatics Center||Swimming||3,004|||
|Namdong Stadium||Gymnastics, rugby||5,200 – 8,100|||
|Seonhak Stadium||Field hockey, judo, wrestling||2,050 – 5,010|||
|Sipjeong Stadium||Tennis, squash||1,207 – 5,061|||
|Incheon Football Stadium||Football||20,000|||
The 2014 Games is scheduled to feature the 28 Olympic sports which will be contested at the 2016 Summer Olympics. In addition, eight non-Olympic sports will be featured: baseball, ten-pin bowling, cricket, kabaddi, karate, sepak takraw, squash and wushu. The list was finalised on December 9, 2010 at the OCA's executive board meeting in Muscat, Oman. This resulted in six other sports: roller sport, chess, cue sports, softball, dancesport and dragon boat, which were held in previous Games being dropped from the list. The list was approved on July 13, 2011 during the 30th annual general assembly in Tokyo as softball incorporated with baseball as one sport while soft tennis is under the discipline of tennis. For the first time, compound archery was introduced as part of the event in archery.
The changes in the non-Olympic sports featured at the Asian Games were influenced by discussions with organizers, who had suggested the removal of cricket from the program because they felt too few countries played it, and because they lacked infrastructure to host it. However, the OCA disputed the proposed removal of cricket, citing its popularity and viewer interest.
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