2022 Asian Games
|Host city||Hangzhou, China|
|Opening ceremony||10 September|
|Closing ceremony||25 September|
|Main venue||Hangzhou Sports Park Stadium|
The 2022 Asian Games, also known as XIX Asiad (Chinese: 第十九届亚洲运动会; pinyin: Dì Shíjiŭ Jiè Yàzhōu Yùndònghuì), will be a multi-sport event celebrated in Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China from 10 to 25 September 2022. Hangzhou will be the third Chinese city to host the Asian Games, after Beijing 1990 and Guangzhou 2010.
The Chinese Olympic Committee confirmed that Hangzhou submitted a bid, and is the only city to declare the candidacy in August 2015. Hangzhou was officially awarded as the host city on September 16, 2015 in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, during the 34th OCA General Assembly.
According to the proposal, Ningbo, Shaoxing and Huzhou will also be the part of competition venues. The Games also enhanced the construction of several railways in the city, and shorten the travel to one and half hours.
Development and preparation
Venues and infrastructure
44 venues will be used during the Games, which 30 venues are already existing in the city, 10 are under construction and another 4 venues are in the planning stage.
eSports initially became a medal event in these Games after being featured as a demonstration sport in the 2018 Games, but were put on hold after the OCA said eSports require a governing body before it can be considered as a medal event. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) also stated that titles involving violence or shooting are not fit for Olympic values.
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