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Singapore is One of Six Cities to Host the 2014 Incheon Asian Games Road Show

Road show celebrates shared love for sport and Korean pop music in Asia

2014 Incheon Games RoadshowSingapore played host to the 2014 Incheon Asian Games’ Road Show today in a ceremony graced by Mr Tan Chuan Jin, Acting Minister for Manpower and Executive Committee member of the Singapore National Olympic Council. Team Singapore bowler, Ms Jazreel Tan Shi Hua, was also named the Singapore Goodwill Ambassador for the 2014 Incheon Asian Games. Singapore is one of six cities chosen to host the Games’ road show.

The road show celebrated the shared love of sport and Korean pop music in Asia with a special performance by SKarf, a five-member Korean-Singapore girl group; and a video message by K-pop sensation and Incheon Asian Games Goodwill Ambassadors, JYJ.

The 17th edition of the Asian Games, the largest multi-sport games after the Olympic Games, will take place in Incheon, Korea from September 19th to October 4th, 2014. The theme of the
2014 Incheon Asian Games is “Diversity Shines Here”.

Led by the 2014 Incheon Asian Games Organizing Committee President: Mr Kim Youngsoo and supported by the Singapore National Olympic Council, the road show aims to generate support for the regional sporting event among athletes, sporting bodies and members of the public. Singapore, recognized for its strategic location at the heart of Asia, was chosen by the IAGOC as the third leg of the Games’ road show, after Tashkent (Uzbekistan) and Dubai (United Arab Emirates). The road show also reflected Singapore’s growing role as a regional sports hub.

“The goal of the Incheon Asian Games Organizing Committee is to unite Asia through the common love of sport, and demonstrate that there is so much more that brings us together than pulls us apart. We also want to highlight the values that sport teaches us such as courage, perseverance and fairness that are fundamental to all of us across Asia,” said Mr Kwon Kyungsang, Secretary General of the IAGOC. “We appreciate the strong support from the Singapore National Olympic Council and their collaborative efforts to make this road show a success. We firmly believe that the Singapore edition of the 2014 Incheon Asian Games road show will further cement the friendship between our two countries,” Secretary General Kwon added.

“It is a great honor for Singapore to be one of the six cities chosen to host the 2014 Incheon Asian Games road show. The Asian Games is an important milestone for Team Singapore athletes. It gives them the opportunity to pit their skills against the best sporting talents in the region and to celebrate the values that unite the Asian sporting community. We will continue to provide our support to the 17th Asian Games in Incheon next year, to make this a successful and colourful event that reflects the diversity and culture of Asia,” said Chris Chan, Secretary General of the Singapore National Olympic Council.

2014 Incheon Games RoadshowAfter the Singapore leg, the road show will be travelling to three other cities including China and Vietnam where JYJ will be performing the Incheon Asiad song, “Only One”.

The 17th Asian Games, Incheon 2014

Period: September 19th to October 4th , 2014 (16 days)
Participants: Approximately 13,000 athletes and officials, and 7,000 media personnel from the 45 Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) member states
Number of Sports: 28 Olympic events + 8 non-Olympic events = Total of 36 events

  • 28 Olympic Events: Aquatics / Archery / Athletics / Badminton / Basketball / Boxing / Canoe & Kayak / Cycling / Equestrian / Fencing / Football / Golf / Gymnastics / Handball / Hockey / Judo / Modern Pentathlon / Rowing / Rugby / Sailing / Shooting / Table Tennis / Taekwondo / Tennis / Triathlon / Volleyball / Weightlifting / Wrestling
  • 8 Non-Olympic Events: Baseball / Bowling / Cricket / Kabaddi / Karate / Sepaktakraw / Squash / Wushu

Objectives

1. Build harmony and share the glory of victory

  • • Asian nations with different histories, cultures, traditions and religions will gather peacefully in Incheon to celebrate friendship and harmony.
  • • IAGOC is implementing its Vision 2014 Program to promote balanced sports development for the less competitive Asian NOCs at the Asian Games and the Olympics, so they too can share the joy of winning medals at the 17th Asian Games.

2. Lead the way towards a greener Asia

  • • As part of Incheon City’s efforts to establish itself as a global green city, the main stadium, which can accommodate up to 60,000 sports fans, is an eco-friendly complex fully powered by solar and wind energy.
  • • The Athlete’s village, media village, international conference facilities and sleeping quarters can accommodate a total of 20,000 people. In addition, there will be 50 stadiums which will be established within the city.

3. Realize Audience oriented “Smart Asian Games”

  • • For the first time in history, the Asian Games will be enhanced by ‘smart’ technology, made possible by Korea’s advanced smart information technology companies.
  • • An Asian Games Information System using cutting-edge IT technologies encompasses state-of-the-art scoreboards, timing and scoring equipment.

4. Present Practical and Affordable Games

  • • After the conclusion of the Games, the venues will be used for a variety of purposes such as community sporting events.
  • • To minimise the operational cost of the 2014 Asian Games, the IAGOC is also securing budget stability through a diverse range of marketing activities, such as sponsorship acquirement, licensing and souvenirs.

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