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Guangzhou 2010 - The XVIth Asian Games

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Well, i think the upcoming Asian Games deserved a thread too (besides the Opening Ceremony one) so now that its almost only one month to go i decided to start one. Anyone who has info of the continental event can post it here.

I'll start with pics of the venues :)

Guangzhou international tennis ceter

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Guangzhou badmiton training center

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Guangzhou International Sport Art Center

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Velodrome

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University Town

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Guanggdong Indrustry University Gymnasium

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University Town Cricket Field

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Olympic tennis center

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Guangzhou Shotgun Centre

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Asian Games Town Gymnasium

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MPC

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Aquatic Centre

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Nansha Gymnasium

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Guangzhou Stadium

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Guangzhou Gymnasium

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Asian Games Village

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Asian Games Torch

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Medals were unveiled yesterday (as well for the hostress dressing)

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The ticket design

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Poor Guangzhou doesn't seem to be getting much attention. They need a bridge collapse or a few snakes in the village to lift their profile.

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Poor Guangzhou doesn't seem to be getting much attention. They need a bridge collapse or a few snakes in the village to lift their profile.

Yuup, the preparation for the 2010 Asiad went so smoothly that is boring. They already handed over all of the venues to the OCASIA and the organizing comittee. While Delhi is an example of how not to do a games, Guangzhou is doing an awesome work, just like Beijing did with their olympics.

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Yuup, the preparation for the 2010 Asiad went so smoothly that is boring. They already handed over all of the venues to the OCASIA and the organizing comittee. While Delhi is an example of how not to do a games, Guangzhou is doing an awesome work, just like Beijing did with their olympics.

Yep, for a city like Guangzhou, they can pull off something like the Asian Games standing on their heads with eyes closed. They have lots of experience with accommodating and moving huge crowds, and they do it annually--Canton Trade Fair(s), the Guangzhou Railway Station the week before Chinese New Year, etc. :) Biggest issue there for (outdoor) sports events is probably the horrific air pollution in the Pearl River Delta...which makes Beijing's look pretty mild.

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The torch relay of the Asian Games has started some days ago at a ritual ceremony held in the Great Wall (kinda reminiscing of the Olympia ritual). However the relay realy started at Heavens' Temple in Beijing

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f8DPLsUDDsY

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China sets an example. Asian Games ready for a blast

Oct 20th, 2010

source: http://sports.in.msn.com/gallery.asp...mentid=4481271

If the CWG 2010 was all about last minute scampering to the finish line, the Asian Games 2010 is a great example of how one should conduct such high profile events. China is expecting to replicate the Beijing success at Guangzhou and when you have even test events done and dusted with over a month to go, it speaks volumes of their excellence in planning and execution. Here is an MSN special sneak-peek into what’s in store at Guangzhou next month

Guangzhou ready for a 'record'

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The final countdown begins for the 2010 Asian Games as Guangzhou gets ready with all its urban bustle and charming alleyways, bringing together more than 11,500 athletes competing in record 42 sports. A total of 476 events will be contested by athletes, making it the largest event in history of Asian Games

Subdued torch relay

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The organisers limited the Asiad torch relay to within China after what had happened during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games torch relay, which was marred by protests

Mascots are the pride of Guangzhou

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A father and son play next to the mascots for the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou. For the residents of Guagnzhou, the rams are becoming an integral part of their daily life.

Test events, a huge success

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The test events, conducted at the comprehensive stadium and featuring mock competitions such as qualifications, all-around, floor, etc were a huge success. The comprehensive stadium will play host to sports events as gymnastics, squash and billiard

China set for tourism boom

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The Asian Games 2010 is set to herald a tourism boom in China. More than 5 lakh Chinese tourists and nearly 2 lakh overseas tourists are expected at Guangzhou. The city is expecting more than $ 200 million in tourism revenue during the extravaganza.

You are welcome to see anything

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Unlike the closely-guarded CWG 2010, the Asiad 2010 has been very open so far. The media was taken on a Games tour last week and one of the highlights was the media centre itself. The big structure comprises Main Press Centre (MPC) and the International Broadcasting Centre (IBC). Trial operation began yesterday and the venue is already the talk of the town.

World-class squash facility

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This transparent squash coat is another masterpiece in the upcoming games. It became ready to use more with than 3 months left on the countdown.

Truly a vigorous Guangzhou

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The organising committee of Asiad 2010 titled the test campaign as 'Vigorous Guangzhou' and reports suggest these test events started as early as May and concluded last month itself. 'Vigorous Guangzhou' essentially revolved around provincial sporting events and a few national competitions as well.

Rehearsal for the big opening ceremony underway

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Participants hold signboards showing national flags of Lebanon, China, Thailand and Vietnam during a rehearsal of the opening ceremony. The organisers have hinted that the Opening Ceremony venue will be converted to Asian Games Theme Park after the games.

Over 10000 journalists to cover

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Over ten thousand journalists have got accreditations done to cover the Asiad 2010. Organisers are saying that a large number are expected from Europe as well despite this being the Asian Games event.

Boost for tier-II cities

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The Asian Games is seen as a big boost for second-tier cities in China like Guangzhou and co-hosts Foshan and Dongguan. The event is seen as adding to an already powerful sports infrastructure in the country, which was bolstered by the Beijing Olympics in 2008

The idea behind the mascots

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An Asian Games decoration with its mascot is displayed in front of the media village in the Asian Games Town. Five sporty rams, titled 'Le Yangyang' serve as the official mascots of the Games. These five rams namely A Xiang, A He, A Ru, A Yi, and Le Yangyang essentially represent Guangzhou's nickname, 'City of Goats.'

Message of peace and harmony

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Chinese paramilitary police will be one of the star attractions in the opening ceremony. They will be instrumental in sending across the message of 'harmony, blessings, success and happiness.'

Torch relay event was a grand affair

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The torch relay may have been a subdued affair but the torch relay ceremony was certainly a mega affair. It had the Chinese Premier Hu Jintao greeting the Olympic Council of Asia President Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah.

The idea behind the mascot

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The mascot was designed on the basis of a story. The story has it that 5 immortals had taken 5 rams to the city of Guangzhou where they prayed to end a situation of famine.

Temple of heaven

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Chinese paramilitary police rehearse a flag ceremony before the start of the torch relay for the 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games held at the Temple of Heaven in Beijing

Get ready for mind-blowing opening ceremony

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Boats featuring Macau, front, and Mongolia, back, participate in the Asian Games opening rehearsal. The Guangzhou Asian Games' Chief Director, Chen Weiya, has said that the opening ceremony will surprise the world. "You cannot imagine what it will be like," The China Daily quoted Chen, as saying.

Asian Games town ready and roaring

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This is the overview of the comprehensive stadium, also known as the Asian Games Town. Just a few days ago, a test event, the 2010 Guangdong Gymnastics Invitation Tournament was held at this venue. Coaches, athletes and spectators were mighty impressed with the venue's top-class facilities and perfect flow of processes

Beijing team at work again

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The opening ceremony venue is built near the Central Business District in Guangzhou. The opening ceremony will be handled by the same team, which worked wonders during the opening and closing ceremonies of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. So, one can certainly expect a feast.

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What a contrast to Delhi. It was very hard to watch Delhi spin all the problems and drama around completing main venues, but even more disappointing is that they totally failed on a majority of other promised improvements in adjacent public spaces. Guangzhou is looking brilliant.

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How do I watch the Asian Games in the UK I wonder? Eurosport?

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Doha 2006 has the ceremonies broadcasted here in Australia on SBS as well as daily half hour sports wraps up - similar to the Paralympic coverage we get here in Australia. If not I am hoping we get the ceremonies torrented at the very least.

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Guangzhou International Sports Performing Arts Center

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Asia Games Town

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All looks a bit too "created from scratch"! Nice beach volleyball venue I guess. The Asian Games must be bigger than the Olympics now with sports and athletes.

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Some days ago, Incheon 2014 has finally unveiled their logo, and on an unusual move, their mascots as well (forgot the last time on which the mascots were unveiled before the handover)

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Vichuon, Barame & Chumuro(tentatively named). A Splendid Festival with Three Harbour Seals

Inspired by Baengnyeong Island’s harbour seals inhabiting the coastal waters of Incheon, these mascots, tentatively named Vichuro, Barame and Chumuro, display lovely, charming and friendly expressions and gestures. With warm hearts and minds, they care for the earth's ecosystem and environment. They promote harmony and friendship among Asians of diverse backgrounds and also encourage them to be part of a story that will touch the hearts of all people. With fraternity and harmony in mind, they act as a bridge between South and North Korea, encouraging the two to develop and grow together while also promoting the Incheon Asian Games.

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With its creativity, this design is differentiated from the official marks of other sporting events. With the characters, it is possible to develop various merchandise.

Story

There are three harbor seal siblings inhabiting the waters around Baengnyeong Island and beautiful rock stacks of Dumujin. Blessed with a beautiful natural environment, scenery second to none and abundant supply of food, their days are full of fun and joy. Yet, a dazzling night view of Incheon, ships coming and going, and planes in the sky always make them curious about the city. One day, while looking for messengers and heralds of the Incheon Asian Games, the city’s guardians?gods of light, wind and joy?happen to lay eyes on the three siblings playing on the rock stacks. They feel the warm hearts, passion and love of the three siblings and ask them to become the mascots of the Incheon Asian Games. The three harbor seals are overjoyed. The three gods pass down their ability and power to the siblings and make them become the Games mascots to promote and protect the Incheon Asian Games.

Characters

Vichuon, the oldest of the harbor seal siblings, represents light. With his trustworthy and warm nature, he sheds the light of hope upon the world and wishes for peace and well-being. He plays a pivotal role in making the Incheon Asian Games a successful festival where people of Asia gather to foster harmony and friendship. Barame, the second brother, represents wind and delivers the story of Incheon to the world. Cheerful and playful, he can move from place to place in a flash. Just like wind blowing, he travels around the world to promote the city of Incheon and the 17th Asian Games. Chumuro, the little sister, represents joy. With this cheerful and charming character, a festival can be great fun and excitement. She is an excellent traditional dancer and delivers the beauty of the Korean culture.

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Anybody else finding the Guangzhou 2010 website difficult to navigate. The schedule and results section is impossible to get into.

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Also, that 2014 logo is nice. It runs against the grain of all the garbage emblems that have been unveiled in recent years.

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Some days ago, Incheon 2014 has finally unveiled their logo, and on an unusual move, their mascots as well (forgot the last time on which the mascots were unveiled before the handover)

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Yes, that is a whimsical, meaningful and well-executed logo -- all the qualities of what a professional, high-quality logo should be!! Good job, Incheon!!

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The big day is tomorrow, let me post some recent pics of the upcoming Guangzhou games

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In this photo taken Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010, ships take part in the rehearsal for the opening ceremony of the 16th Asian Games as fireworks explode over the Haixinsha Island in Guangzhou in southern China's Guangdong province. For the second time in three years, China is about to stage a spectacle of Olympic proportions. The Nov. 12-27 Asian Games will feature about 11,700 athletes competing in 42 sports, ranging from teensy Chinese gymnasts cultivated by the country's state-funded sports system to boxers from Palestine who train by punching old tires. AP / Anonymous

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In this photo taken Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010, residents watch fireworks explode from the Guangzhou Tower during the rehearsal of the opening ceremony of the 16th Asian Games on Haixinsha Island in Guangzhou in southern China's Guangdong province. AP / Anonymous

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Chinese PLA soldiers pack up after rehearsing for a ceremony at the Aoti main stadium which will host the athletics competition at the 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou on November 10, 2010. AFP/Getty Images / Peter Parks

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Conghua, famous for its hotspring and lichee, lies north of Guangzhou and boasts exceptional environment. It is also an equine disease free zone accredited by Office International des Epizooties (OIE) and European Union (EU). Guangzhou Equestrian Venue is located in Liangkou Town of Conghua City, near the National Road 105 and with Liuxi River aside. It covers more than 2,250 mu, consisting of two training fields, a reverse field and two competition fields. There is also a large spectator stand with a capacity of 6,000.

You can see some more amazing pics on this site: http://blogs.sacbee.com/photos/2010/11/preparing-for-the-asian-games.html

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Gymnastics body punishes Chinese judge over Asian Games scoring fraud to help China win gold

LAUSANNE, Switzerland — A Chinese gymnastics official has been found guilty of fraud after he falsified a score to help a Chinese athlete win gold at the 2010 Asian Games.

The International Gymnastics Federation says it downgraded Shao Bin’s status as a judge and ordered him to pay $8,800 in legal costs. He can appeal the sanction by Sept. 9.

Shao worked on a panel evaluating the difficulty of routines in the men’s floor exercise final in November at Guangzhou, China.

The international federation says Shao “altered an execution score prior to posting” without telling event officials.

The altered mark moved Chinese gymnast Zhang Chenglong from second into a tie for first place with Kim Soo-Myun of South Korea.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/gymnastics-body-punishes-chinese-judge-over-asian-games-scoring-fraud-to-help-china-win-gold/2011/08/30/gIQAPpUipJ_story.html

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Gymnastics body punishes Chinese judge over Asian Games scoring fraud to help China win gold

LAUSANNE, Switzerland — A Chinese gymnastics official has been found guilty of fraud after he falsified a score to help a Chinese athlete win gold at the 2010 Asian Games.

The International Gymnastics Federation says it downgraded Shao Bin’s status as a judge and ordered him to pay $8,800 in legal costs. He can appeal the sanction by Sept. 9.

Shao worked on a panel evaluating the difficulty of routines in the men’s floor exercise final in November at Guangzhou, China.

The international federation says Shao “altered an execution score prior to posting” without telling event officials.

The altered mark moved Chinese gymnast Zhang Chenglong from second into a tie for first place with Kim Soo-Myun of South Korea.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/gymnastics-body-punishes-chinese-judge-over-asian-games-scoring-fraud-to-help-china-win-gold/2011/08/30/gIQAPpUipJ_story.html

Chinese sports officials cheating? Geez, who'd have thought it. China is usually so morally upstanding. lol

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Yep, for a city like Guangzhou, they can pull off something like the Asian Games standing on their heads with eyes closed. They have lots of experience with accommodating and moving huge crowds, and they do it annually--Canton Trade Fair(s), the Guangzhou Railway Station the week before Chinese New Year, etc. smile.gif Biggest issue there for (outdoor) sports events is probably the horrific air pollution in the Pearl River Delta...which makes Beijing's look pretty mild.

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