2022 Asian Games
|Host city||Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China|
|Motto||Heart to Heart, @Future|
|Events||482 in 40 sports (Consist of 61 disciplines) |
|Opening ceremony||10 September|
|Closing ceremony||25 September|
|Main venue||Hangzhou Sports Park Stadium|
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The 2022 Asian Games (Chinese: 2022年亚洲运动会; pinyin: Èr líng èr èr nián Yàzhōu Yùndònghuì), 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 in 1990 and Guangzhou in 2010.
The Games will also include athletes from Oceania for the first time after the approval from Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) to compete in sports which qualify for the 2024 Summer Olympics through Asia, including volleyball, beach volleyball, basketball, football and fencing.
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
A three-year countdown ceremony to the Games was held on 10 September 2019 at the Archaeological Ruins of Liangzhu City.
The official emblem of the games, titled "Surging Tides", was unveiled during a special ceremony at the headquarters of the Hangzhou Culture Radio Television Group on 6 August 2018 to prepare the city to succeed Jakarta & Palembang 2018 as Asian Games host city.
Congcong, Lianlian and Chenchen, known collectively as the smart triplets "Memories of Jiangnan", were unveiled online on April 3, 2020 as the official mascots of the Games; male robotic superheroes that originated the Archaeological Ruins of Liangzhu City, the West Lake and the Grand Canal.
The official motto of the 2022 Asian Games: "Heart to Heart, @Future" was unveiled at the Tennis Centre of the Olympic and International Expo Park – nicknamed Little Lotus on 15 December 2019.
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.
On 8 April 2019, the Olympic Council of Asia initially announced that the Games would feature 37 sports, including the 28 permanent Olympic sports to be contested at the 2024 Summer Olympics as well as events in other non-Olympic sports. 3 sports were added on 12 September 2019, making the total increased to 40 sports (Consist of 61 disciplines). E-sports and breakdancing were added on 18 December 2020.
Participating National Olympic Committees
All 45 nations who are members of the Olympic Council of Asia are expected to compete. Oceanian countries will also be invited to compete in some sports in which Olympic qualification combines the two continents.
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