2019 Asian Games

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The 2019 Asian Games, officially known as XVIII Asiad, will be a multi-sport event host in 2019. Originally Hanoi, Vietnam was voted over Surabaya, Indonesia to host the Games. These came after Dubai, United Arab Emirates pulled out of the running last minute during the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) general assembly on November 8, 2012.[1] However, on April 17, 2014, the Vietnamese government announced it was withdrawing from hosting the events.[2]

The Games were originally scheduled for 2018, but during the Olympic Council of Asia's general assembly in Singapore on July 3, 2009, the committee decided to move the Games to the year before the 2020 Summer Olympics, which means that the 18th Asian Games will now be held in 2019.[3]


April 17, 2014, Vietnam government renounced the right to host the 2019 Asian Games. Three countries have shown an interest in hosting the 2019 Asian Games following Vietnam's withdrawal. Indonesia, which was beaten by Vietnam in the hosting vote in 2012, is seen as the strongest candidate. OCA members confirmed that its capital, Jakarta, is the leading candidate but said more negotiations would be needed.[4] Japanese city Tokyo is also willing to undertake as kind of warm-up for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.[5]

Bids[edit]

2019 Asian Games bidding results
City Country Votes
Hanoi Vietnam Vietnam 29
Surabaya Indonesia Indonesia 14

Three cities were shortlisted by the OCA as candidates to host the Games: Hanoi, Surabaya and Dubai. On November 8, 2012, in Macau, Hanoi was announced as host in 2019 with 29 votes for versus 14 against after Dubai's withdrawal.[6]

Candidate cities[edit]

City Country National Olympic Committee Result
Hanoi  Vietnam Vietnam Olympic Committee Winner
Vietnam officially launched the bid on June 7, 2011.[7] Having previously hosted the 2003 Southeast Asian Games and being selected to host 2016 Asian Beach Games, the city emerged as the favourite after the government pledged to spend a million dollars on infrastructure development.[8]
Surabaya  Indonesia National Sports Committee of Indonesia First runner-up
As claimed by the committee, the nation was supported and offered by the Olympic Council of Asia to host the Games.[9][10] Indonesia last hosted the Games back in 1962 in Jakarta. After the loss, Indonesian delegate members claimed that Hanoi's win was influenced by China's huge interest in the country.[6]
Dubai  United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates National Olympic Committee Withdrew
This is the second time Dubai was bid for the Games after 2014.[11] However, Dubai pulled out at the last minute, citing that they want to focus on future bids.[12] The committee's first vice-president denied any pullout and claimed the UAE's National Olympic Committee "did not apply for hosting 2019 Asian Games and it only considered this"[13]

Potential cities overview[edit]

Financial and withdrawal[edit]

Financial[edit]

Mỹ Đình National Stadium
Previous Host City Spent
Year City Billion
of Dollar[21]
2002 South Korea Busan 2.9
2006 Qatar Doha 2.8
2010 China Guangzhou 20
2014 South Korea Incheon 1.6

The organising committee estimated they can host the Games at cost of approximately US$150 million,[1] with several facilities will be built or upgraded. The athlete village was planned to be build in Thượng Thanh in Long Bien District with a capacity of 11,000 while some new facilities will also be built in Xuân Trạch, Hanoi.[22]

Concerns[edit]

The concerns was first voiced by the lawmakers whether US$150 million is realistic to hosting a Games, by refer to the amount spent by the previous host city and claimed that the government may spent over US$300 million. In addition, several stadium built in conjunction with 2003 Southeast Asian Games did not utilise after the regional events.[23] Former chairman of Vietnam Olympic Committee Ha Quang Du also added hosting the Asian Games would not improve the tourism in Vietnam.[24]

However, on April 11, 2014, Vuong Bich Thang, head of the General Department of Sports and Physical Training assured that 80% of facilities is available and the sum of US$150 million is enough to hosting a Games. He added that no new athletes' village was built, instead hotels, dormitories, and residential quarters was served for participant athletes and officials.[21]

When quoted, the World Bank confirmed that no loans for Vietnam for such purposes.[25]

Withdrawal[edit]

On April 17, 2014, Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung officially announced Hanoi withdrew to stage the Games. He cited that lack of preparedness, and economic recession were the main reason of the withdrawal. This has left to the country unable to afford facilities and venues.[2]

Games[edit]

Sports[edit]

Originally, Hanoi plans to host 36 sport events during the Games. This will include 28 Summer Olympics sports that were featured at the 2020 Summer Olympics all of which were decided by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in the 125th IOC Session in Buenos Aires, Argentina on September 7, 2013.[26][27]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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