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  1. SAWGOC holds the torch relay for the 2017 Sapporo Asian Winter Games The torch relay for the 8th Asian Winter Games Sapporo 2017 took place on Monday, February 6th. It was also the first day of the Sapporo Snow Festival, a world-famous snow festival, which attracts a large number of tourists from home and abroad annually. The torch relay began at 1.00pm from the former Hokkaido Government Office Building following the departure ceremony. The torch travelled a total of 2,200 m with six relays, passing through the venues of the Sapporo Snow Festival. It ended at Sapporo City Hall where there is a caldron from the 1972 Winter Olympics. Mai Asada, a former figure skater and the PR Ambassador for the Games, led the first group of runners as a torch bearer and added excitement to the torch relay. 35 local citizens chosen from 211 public applicants joined the relay as torch bearers and runners. The program concluded with the arrival ceremony held at Cauldron Square in front of Sapporo City Hall. The ceremony featured Kamuinomori, a ritual of indigenous people of Hokkaido known as Ainu to pray for the success of the Games. Reflecting the passion of athletes and locals, the Games flame marked a new chapter in the history of Sapporo and Hokkaido where the city and the nature coexist. Moreover, it will serve as a symbol of the potential that Asia creates by sharing winter aspiration with the rest of the world. The Games flame was divided to be displayed at City Hall of both Sapporo and co-host city Obihiro, the Hokkaido Government and ten ward offices in Sapporo from February 7th to 17th. Divided flames will be gathered again and arrive at Sapporo Dome, the Opening Ceremony venue, on February 19th. The Games flame will be relayed by Olympians and Paralympians, and finally the Games cauldron will be ignited at the Opening Ceremony. source: https://sapporo2017.org
  2. Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Volunteer Programme open registration from today.
  3. if we checked the previous editions' logo, their logos also never resembled the trophy shaped.
  4. Jakarta to provide extra loan for Asian Games projects The Jakarta administration will provide additional funds for city-owned developer PT Jakarta Propertindo (Jakpro) to cover the high costs of three projects ahead of the Asian Games in August 2018. Acting Jakarta governor Sumarsono said on Wednesday that the city would give the company an extra Rp 1.95 trillion (US$146.25 million) through a regional loan scheme for the projects. Jakpro has been tasked with building three projects, comprising a velodrome and equestrian facility in East Jakarta and light rail transit (LRT) from Kelapa Gading in North Jakarta to the velodrome. The LRT line will connect the competition venues. “We will propose the loan in the revision of the 2017 city budget that currently is being discussed,” he said. Sumarsono said the scheme would be easier to execute than proposing another capital injection. “We have committed to holding the event. Therefore, we will help the company as much as we can,” he said. Jakpro estimates that the three projects will cost around Rp 5.9 trillion. The company received a capital injection from the city administration worth Rp 1 trillion in 2016 and will receive another Rp 1.95 trillion in 2017. Jakpro president director Satya Heragandhi previously said the company would try to find a private loan to cover the Rp 2 trillion needed for this year’s costs. source: http://www.thejakartapost.com/
  5. Asian Winter Games athletes to stay in embattled Apa chain’s Sapporo hotel SAPPORO – The organizer of the Asian Winter Games in Japan next month said Thursday it will use as one of the athletes’ dormitories a hotel whose operator is facing criticism from China for putting in its rooms a book denying the occurrence of the 1937 Nanjing Massacre. According to the organizer of the 2017 Sapporo Asian Winter Games, athletes are to stay at an Apa hotel in Sapporo, Hokkaido, where the event involving participants from about 30 countries and regions will be held. An Apa group official said, “We find no fault in the contents of the book and we have no intention of removing it even if we are asked to do so.” But the official added that the group is considering removing the book from the room when requested by a guest. The book, which is written in both Japanese and English, is a compilation of essays written by Apa Chief Executive Toshio Motoya. Motoya writes that it is clear that the Nanjing Massacre, which China claims resulted in the deaths of more than 300,000 people, was made up by the Chinese side and never happened. An official of the organizer said it made no specific requests to the hotel in Sapporo, but noted, “We ask for those hotels serving as the athlete’s village not to encourage prejudice and discrimination based on the philosophy of sports.”
  6. 2017 Sapporo Asian Winter Games Promotional Video “Beyond your ambitions”
  7. nothing impossible. Euro 2022 will be hosted by 13 countries. but for sure they will be challenging process to decide the venue for opening match and semi finals and final matches .
  8. EOC needs to learn from their counterpart from America (PASO) and Asia (OCA) to organize the continental games.
  9. The 8th Sapporo Asian Winter Games Organising Committee (SAWGOC) is delighted to announce the design of victory medals for the 2017 Sapporo Asian Winter Games. Medals were designed by Mr. Kaoru Kasai, born in Sapporo and one of Japan’s leading art directors, and Mr. Tomohiro Nakayama, a designer at SUN-AD where Mr. Kasai serves as a consultant. Athletes will perform to the best of their abilities aiming for the medals. 1. Size: 55.0mm in diameter 2. Thickness: 4.5mm 3. Materials Gold Medal: Gold-plated silver, 109.1 grams Silver Medal: Silver, 107.1grams Bronze Medal: Bronze, 87.9grams 4. Design concept Three stars are curved on the diamond-cut surface which looks like an ice. Three stars represent athletes as “Stars of Hope” shining in their own styles. The Stars of Hope may be a new star who will shine at the Sapporo Asian Winter Games. The diamond-cut surface also represents clear air of winter, sparkling snow and ice in Hokkaido. source: https://sapporo2017.org/site/news-en/1221.html
  10. Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, December 23, 2016: The Olympic Council of Asia is delighted to confirm the brand and mascot for the OCA’s 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, in September 2017. The Ashgabat 2017 brand has been created using a modern take on traditional designs to represent Turkmenistan's journey from the past to the future through health, inspiration and friendship along the Great Silk Road. The Ashgabat 2017 mascot is based on the Turkmen national dog, the Alabai. He is a fun and endearing character who will help to spread the message of the Games and welcome people of all ages to Turkmenistan. AIMAG5 will feature 21 sports and, for the first time, OCA and Oceania NOCs, with 17 from Oceania joining the 45 from OCA for a participation of 62 NOCs. source: http://www.ocasia.org/News/IndexNewsRM.aspx?WKegervtea0H8ocpSTNiIA==
  11. OCA opens representative office in Jakarta Jakarta, Indonesia, December 13, 2016: The Olympic Council of Asia held an Inauguration Ceremony for its representative office in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Tuesday evening. The office will assist in the smooth preparations for the OCA’s 18th Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang in 2018 by providing a daily communications and operations hub between the organising committee INASGOC, the Indonesian Olympic Committee and the OCA. The Director General of the OCA, Mr Husain Al Musallam, said: “This new office will definitely add value for the Olympic Movement in Asia and especially for the Asian Games in 2018 with close coordination with the organising committee. “The inauguration of this representative office is a special occasion and will be a very positive step to show the cooperation between the OCA and the organising committee of the 18th Asian Games.” Mr Al Musallam said that the new office followed the strategic roadmap approved at the OCA General Assembly in Vietnam last September, when the OCA decided to open a series of offices in all five zones of the continent. “The OCA has learned from past experiences how to have smooth continuation in our work and in our preparations for the youth and the Olympic Movement,” he added. At the ribbon-cutting ceremony, the OCA’s Hon. Life Vice President, Mr Wei Jizhong, said it was a very significant moment for the OCA and Jakarta. “The preparations for the Asian Games are going smoothly, so we need close cooperation and close communication,” said Mr Wei. The OCA representative office is located at Plaza Asia in the Senayan district of the capital, close to the Gelora Bung Karno sports complex – the focal point of the 18th Asian Games. It will be under the control of the OCA Vice President in charge of the 18th Asian Games, Mrs Rita Subowo, who said the Indonesian Olympic Committee and government had enjoyed close cooperation with the OCA since hosting the inaugural Asian Beach Games at Bali in 2008. “Hopefully, after the Asian Games in 2018, Indonesia will be able to go to the next step – the World Beach Games and, who knows, the Olympic Games,” said Mrs Subowo. On behalf of the government, Deputy IV of the Ministry for Youth and Sport, Gatot S. Dewa Broto, thanked Mrs Subowo for providing the office space and said it would lead to more intensive cooperation with less than one and a half years to go until the 18th Asiad, which will run from August 18 to September 2, 2018. A tour of the offices followed the ribbon-cutting ceremony, and a press conference brought the inauguration to a close. Speaking at the press conference, Indonesian Olympic Committee and INASGOC President Erick Thohir said the new office showed the commitment of the OCA to the success of the Asian Games. He also looked ahead to the 5th OCA Coordination Committee on Wednesday, when OCA representatives will meet with three ministers from key government departments on the sidelines of the meeting. The Indonesian officials also included Imam S. Ernawi, Chairman of the Infrastructure Taskforce for the 18th Asian Games, and Ahmad Najib, Assistant Governor of South Sumatra, of which co-host city Palembang is the capital. source: http://www.ocasia.org/News/IndexNewsRM.aspx?WKegervtea0LT3ttAYPozg==
  12. President ‘Jokowi’ says 2018 Asian Games is a matter of pride Jakarta, Indonesia, December 17, 2016: The President of the Republic of Indonesia, Joko Widodo, has called for “maximum efforts” in the preparations for the Olympic Council of Asia’s 18th Asian Games in 2018. Writing in the first edition of the organising committee’s official magazine, Energy of Asia, “Jokowi” says there is no time to lose as Indonesia prepares to hold the continent’s largest multi-sport event for the first time since 1962.“As President, I urge all preparations must proceed on time because it is a question of our pride and will underline Indonesia’s capability in hosting the Games,” he writes. “For the success of the Games, the government of Indonesia focuses on three main topics, namely infrastructure readiness, the competitiveness of Indonesian athletes and transportation facilities between Jakarta and Palembang, the two cities that will be hosting the Asian Games.”President Widodo said it was important to make progress in all aspects of preparation to avoid any obstacles in the countdown to the Asiad, which will run from August 18 to September 2, 2018. “That is why I have instructed to hold a weekly meeting to evaluate the progress of the preparations in order to pay attention to details, since the time is near.”Describing the Asian Games as “a gigantic international event”, the President has instructed all related institutions and the organising committee to plan carefully and accelerate the development of infrastructure such as the new Terminal 3 at the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, LRT and other transport networks, as well as the Athletes’ Village. “I call on all parties to work quickly since there is still time to check and recheck. Hopefully this great event is held with maximum efforts,” he concluded. On December 2, President Widodo visited the Gelora Bung Karno sports complex in Senayan, Jakarta, and said the government had allocated Rp 3.5 trillion (USD 259 million) for renovation work, which is expected to be finished by November 2017. source: http://www.ocasia.org/News/IndexNewsRM.aspx?WKegervtea0/Ufk6jBo4Nw==
  13. I love the souvenirs.. where can we get it? do they sell online?
  14. There will be 10 sports for Asian Games 2018 test events and all will be in Jakarta. The 10 sports are: athletics, archery, basketball, badminton, boxing, football, pencak silat, taekwondo, volleyball, and weightlifting. https://sport.detik.com/sport-lain/3365645/indonesia-pertandingkan-10-cabor-di-test-event-asian-games-
  15. Will they award the CWG to Australia two times consecutively? As the 2018 edition will be in Gold Coast, Australia.
  16. PyeongChang 2018 volunteer application process ends with huge participation 4 October 2016 PyeongChang, October 4 – The PyeongChang 2018 volunteer application process came to a close amid huge participation on September 30. The PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (POCOG) began the volunteer recruitment process on July 1st and received applications worldwide for three months. With POCOG receiving 91,656 applications from 145 countries, up to 22,400 people will be chosen to become volunteers at the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Volunteers will take on a variety of roles across 7 areas (i.e., Games information, operational support, media, sport, protocol and languages, medical services, technology) in 17 categories. The most popular category was the language services (interpretation) where 8,131 people applied for 490 positions. Delegation services received the second most applicants with 14,978 for 1,030 positions. Female candidates outnumbered male applicants accounting for 78% of all candidates. In addition, 12,547 foreign applicants account for 14% with 2,890 from Russia, 1,345 from China, and 1,158 from the United States. The organizing committee will review all applications and conduct interviews in person at regional volunteer centers throughout the nation from October, 2016 to February, 2017. Language tests will be conducted for positions which require foreign language fluency - i.e., interpretation, protocol services. Successful candidates will go through a series of training sessions which include Games introduction and teamwork building (Mar. – Aug. 2017), leadership education (Sep. – Dec 2017), job specific education (Sep. – Mar. 2018), and on-the-job training (Jan. – Feb. 2018). POCOG President LEE Hee-beom said, “Volunteers will carry out a range of essential tasks, from medical care to language services. Therefore, PyeongChang 2018 depends on the volunteers to help make the Games a success. In order to select applicants who meet the requirements and who will bring passion and enthusiasm to the Games, the recruitment process will be transparent, open, and fair.”
  17. perhaps, they can apply to be full member of OCA so they can have full entitlement to win medals.
  18. the problem is we have never heard they plan to bid the next Asian Games. I guess it's a high chance for them.
  19. Team South Sumatra outfit at the Opening Ceremony of Pekan Olahraga Nasional (National Sport Week), a multi-sport event held every four years in Indonesia and participated by all provinces of Indonesia.
  20. do they scrap their plan to have Asian Games 1 year prior to Olympic Games?
  21. I do agree with you Bezzi. I am proud to be one of Rio 2016 volunteers. I will help Rio to deliver the best Olympic Games ever.
  22. any idea when will they open the volunteers registration?
  23. They will officially launch the mascot next month in Seoul and PyeongChang.
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