Guangzhou Asian Games “one of best ever “: OCA president

November 29, 2010

The Asian Games in Guangzhou would go down in history as “one of the best ever”, Olympic Council of Asia President Sheikh Ahmad Al Fahad Al Sabah said on Saturday.

The 16th Asian Games were unprecedented in both size and scale in the 59-year history of the quadrennial event. More than 10,000 athletes from 45 countries and regions have participated in a record 42 sports ranging from archery to chess.

On the last day of the two-week-long competition, Xinhua quoted Sheikh Ahmad as telling a press conference held at the Main Press Center that the OCA was satisfied with the Chinese organizers’ work.

“The city of Guangzhou has done a very great job for the Asian Olympic Movement and for the Asian Olympic family,” he said.

“It was one of the best ever (edition) in the history of Asian Olympic Movement.”

“Our target is to make the Asian Games better, and this is our job,” said Sheikh Ahmad. “Each Games have different aims, have different situations.”

Wei Jizhong, OCA’s deputy honorary life president from China, echoed these comments.

According to Chinese news agency Xinhua, games have raised a record three billion yuan ($454 million) in sponsorship, the amount is five times the total raised by the Doha Games in 2006 and three and half times more than the sponsorship for the Busan edition in 2002.