Hangzhou, the capital of China’s Zhejiang province, has been awarded the rights to host the 2022 Asian Games.
The southeast coastal Chinese city, with a population of 8.9 million, was the lone bidder for Asia’s flagship multi-sports event.
Hangzhou mayor, Zhang Hong Ming, led the bid city’s delegation, delivering a 15-minute presentation to the Asian NOC leaders at the OCA general assembly in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. He promoted the bid as “secure, reliable and risk-free”.
2004 Olympic swimming champion, Luo Xuejuan, a resident of Hangzhou, contributed to the presentation. The former Chinese breaststroke world record holder will serve as a Games ambassador.
OCA President, Sheik Ahmad Al-Fasal Al-Sabah, put the bid to the Asian NOC leaders saying, “It’s the only candidate but it has achieved a lot of the goals in our house”.
The bid was approved by acclamation and the host city contract was signed.
Hangzhou will host the Games from September 10-25, 2022, just seven months after Beijing stages the 2022 Winter Olympics.
The athletes’ village will be located 5km from the Hangzhou Olympic Sports Park’s main 80,000-seat stadium (which is featured both on the cover and within the latest Q3 edition of PanStadia & Arena Management magazine); the centrepiece for the 2022 Asian Games. Visitors to Games can arrive via the 45-minute high-speed railway linking Hangzhou to Shanghai.
Hangzou, which markets itself as “Paradise on Earth”, has hosted women’s World Cup football and the world table tennis tour finals. The picturesque coastal city will also host the FINA World Short Course Championships in 2018.
Chinese IT giant Alibaba will serve as Hangzhou’s marketing partner for the Games.
Reported in Ashgabat by Brian Pinelli for Around The Rings: an Official Media Partner for our Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2015 event
Main image courtesy: NBBJ, taken from the front cover of the latest Q3 edition of PanStadia & Arena Management magazine.
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