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I didn't knew Taipei was out of the race. I kinda had some hopes for them, to be honest.

Well, I think I can safely say that Dubai is going to win for sure. The 2019 Asian Games will return to the Middle East (and UAE will make them even bigger than what Qatar did in 2006)

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What do you care if they bid or not? It's NOT YOUR decision to make. You are obviously a certified, schizoid NUTcase imposing YOUR subjective feelings and totally IRRATIONAL opinions on matters (R

Why aren't you advocating for London to host? Oh wait...

Where's Habenagila...errr, I mean Habanatota??

Sports world comes to Macau for OCA General Assembly

02 Nov 2012

Macau, China: The 31st OCA General Assembly in Macau, China, on November 8 will bring the world of sport to the doorstep of Asia, as the agenda for the meeting at Macau East Asian Games Dome reveals. There will be a host of international sports leaders present to provide updates and reports on various aspects and activities of the Olympic movement.

Among them will be IOC Executive Board member John Coates, who is President of Australia NOC and of the Court of Arbitration for Sport. He will give a report on the latest workings of CAS.

There will also be presentations by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), the London Olympic Games Organising Committee, the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games Organising Committee, and by Olympic Solidarity.

H.E. Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, President of OCA and of the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC), was appointed Chairman of the IOC’s Olympic Solidarity Commission by IOC President Jacques Rogge in May this year.

Looking further afield, the organisers of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, will also make a presentation.

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everyone for dubai !!!!!! i think hanoi and surabaya are clearly really really very far away from dubai so of course it make sense that everyone will go for dubai but let's hope oca don't make a silly decision with sending the asian games to hanoi or surabaya.....

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Hanoi expected to be voted host of 2019 Asian Games

Surabaya and Dubai also in running to stage world's second largest multi-sports showpiece

Hanoi has emerged as favourite to win today's Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) vote to host the 2019 Asian Games, the second-largest multi-sports games next to the Olympics, which Hong Kong thumbed its nose at and turned down the opportunity to contest.

The Vietnamese capital is competing against Dubai and Surabaya in Indonesia. Forty-five countries and territories have gathered in Macau for the 31st OCA general assembly for the vote.

It seems, however, that Hanoi has grabbed the inside track thanks to the Vietnamese government signing a pledge to make the games a success and promising to spend billions of dollars on a massive programme to develop the city's infrastructure.

"The government and the city of Hanoi are fully behind the bid to host the 2019 Asian Games," said Hoang Vinh Giang, OCA vice-president and a member of Vietnam's National Olympic Committee.

"This is just not about the Asian Games, it's about creating a new Hanoi and the government is fully behind our bid. They have already written to the Olympic Council of Asia pledging the financial commitment needed to make the games a success," Giang said.

"The infrastructure project has already been mapped out and it will transform Hanoi into a modern city. There are plans to build bridges and highways.

"We have already allocated 39 hectares for an athlete's village, which after the games will be used for public housing.

"The Asian Games will be used to develop Hanoi. We plan to have 36 sports. Hanoi has already hosted the 22nd SEA [south East Asian] Games in 2003 and the first Asian Indoor Games in 2009. But if we win the vote, and we are very confident, this will be our biggest event," Giang said.

A high-level government delegation, including the Vietnam's minister of culture, sports and tourism, the president of its national Olympic committee and the vice-mayor are among a large delegation who will gather at the Macau Dome this afternoon for the vote.

Although Surabaya and Dubai are in the race, it is believed the latter will pull out before today's final presentation by the cities.

At yesterday's opening address at the OCA executive board meeting, president Sheikh Ahmed Al-Sabah said "two" cities were in the running.

OCA officials later downplayed this and said it was "a mistake". But whispers are Dubai will pull out as Hanoi is all but certain of winning the vote.

But Indonesia's Olympic chief Rita Subowo remained confident Surabaya, the country's second-largest city after Jakarta, would win.

"It has been a long time since the Asian Games was held in Indonesia [1962 in Jakarta] and it's about time we got it back again," Subowo said.

"This games is for the youth of our country."

http://www.scmp.com/...019-asian-games

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Hanoi expected to be voted host of 2019 Asian Games

Surabaya and Dubai also in running to stage world's second largest multi-sports showpiece

Thursday, 08 November, 2012, 12:00am

Alvin Sallay in Macau alvin.sallay@scmp.com

Hanoi has emerged as favourite to win today's Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) vote to host the 2019 Asian Games, the second-largest multi-sports games next to the Olympics, which Hong Kong thumbed its nose at and turned down the opportunity to contest.

The Vietnamese capital is competing against Dubai and Surabaya in Indonesia. Forty-five countries and territories have gathered in Macau for the 31st OCA general assembly for the vote.

It seems, however, that Hanoi has grabbed the inside track thanks to the Vietnamese government signing a pledge to make the games a success and promising to spend billions of dollars on a massive programme to develop the city's infrastructure.

"The government and the city of Hanoi are fully behind the bid to host the 2019 Asian Games," said Hoang Vinh Giang, OCA vice-president and a member of Vietnam's National Olympic Committee.

"This is just not about the Asian Games, it's about creating a new Hanoi and the government is fully behind our bid. They have already written to the Olympic Council of Asia pledging the financial commitment needed to make the games a success," Giang said.

"The infrastructure project has already been mapped out and it will transform Hanoi into a modern city. There are plans to build bridges and highways.

"We have already allocated 39 hectares for an athlete's village, which after the games will be used for public housing.

"The Asian Games will be used to develop Hanoi. We plan to have 36 sports. Hanoi has already hosted the 22nd SEA [south East Asian] Games in 2003 and the first Asian Indoor Games in 2009. But if we win the vote, and we are very confident, this will be our biggest event," Giang said.

A high-level government delegation, including the Vietnam's minister of culture, sports and tourism, the president of its national Olympic committee and the vice-mayor are among a large delegation who will gather at the Macau Dome this afternoon for the vote.

Although Surabaya and Dubai are in the race, it is believed the latter will pull out before today's final presentation by the cities.

At yesterday's opening address at the OCA executive board meeting, president Sheikh Ahmed Al-Sabah said "two" cities were in the running.

OCA officials later downplayed this and said it was "a mistake". But whispers are Dubai will pull out as Hanoi is all but certain of winning the vote.

But Indonesia's Olympic chief Rita Subowo remained confident Surabaya, the country's second-largest city after Jakarta, would win.

"It has been a long time since the Asian Games was held in Indonesia [1962 in Jakarta] and it's about time we got it back again," Subowo said.

"This games is for the youth of our country."

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Quiet funny when all of us predict dubai get it....but its ok,dubai withdraw the bid,not lose in bids

Well, Dubai withdrew because there is no chance they going to win! The Vietnamese government put their hands into this and lobby for Hanoi.

http://www.scmp.com/sport/other-sport/article/1077278/hanoi-expected-be-voted-host-2019-asian-games

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Hanoi wins race to host 2019 Asian Games: officials

AFP - Hanoi on Thursday won the right to host the 2019 Asian Games, sparking celebrations among Vietnamese officials who said the decision would unlock millions of dollars in infrastructure investment.

The Vietnamese capital got the nod ahead of Indonesia's second biggest city of Surabaya and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) said after a meeting in the southern Chinese city of Macau.

"The majority of the votes are for the city of Hanoi to hold the 2019 Asian Games," OCA president Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah told a press conference.

"The leaders of the country, the sports groups of the country, we have trust that they will reach their commitment, and as a partner we will work very closely with them to bring the best Games ever in Asia."

Vietnam Olympic Committee Secretary General Hoang Vinh Giang expressed jubilation at the decision.

"We won! We won! We won! All our team is happy and pleased. All of Vietnam is happy for getting the games," he told AFP by telephone from Macau.

"We will be ready. We plan to host Games in Hanoi, in some provinces around Hanoi. Some Games will even be in Ho Chi Minh City -- the football."

The Vietnamese government estimates the 18th Asian Games will cost some $150 million and require the construction of new sporting stadiums and an athletes' village.

"We will build new infrastructure. Not only for the Asian Games -- the government has already approved a major development plan for Hanoi for the next 10 years," Hoang said.

"It will be big investment, big budget, new highways, new tunnels and so on."

Reactions on the streets of Hanoi were mixed.

"I didn't even know that Vietnam had applied to host the Asian Games. We won? Maybe it will be good as it will help Vietnam to develop our sports more," said Tran Van Hoang, 30, a motorbike taxi driver.

Sports fan Tong Dinh Truong, 41, said he feared that the money spent on the games would be a "huge waste".

"There will be no positive impact at all on people's lives and national economic development," he added.

Hanoi was chosen by the 45 National Olympic Committees, which make up the OCA, the governing body for sports in Asia.

All the candidate cities had a "very good chance of winning", OCA Evaluation Committee chairman Syed Arif Hasan, who visited the three candidate cities in October, told AFP.

Dubai pulled out at the last minute, saying it wanted to focus on future bids, to leave Surabaya as Hanoi's only rival.

The Asian Games features regular Olympic sports like swimming and athletics, as well as disciplines that reflect Asia's diverse cultures such as South East Asia's sepaktakraw, South Asia's kabaddi and East Asia's wushu.

Indonesian Sports Minister Andi Mallarangeng said Surabaya's bid had been boosted by Jakarta's experience of hosting the South East Asian Games (SEA Games) last year.

"We have hosted successful multi-sports events and single sports events in recent years," he told AFP before the decision was announced.

His optimism came despite criticism of Indonesia's organisation of the SEA Games, where two people were killed in a stampede at the soccer final between Indonesia and Malaysia.

The last major sporting event hosted by Vietnam was the SEA Games in 2003

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congraturations Hanoi !

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Hours before the vote, Hanoi victory was expected by the media in Macau. They also believed that Dubai would pull out before the poll as Hanoi is all but certain of winning the vote.

Of course, there are some ‘good’ reasons for selecting Hanoi. The Indonesian Olympic committee actually told the media that Surabaya will win the vote, however, they only gain 14 votes in fact.

Vietnam thougt of hosting Asiad 2019 since 2010 and started their campaigns since then. I believed that the Vietnamese government had lobbied and gained enough votes in early October, before they officially put Hanoi on the final list. This is not just a random poll as you see, behind the stage is a complex political game. On the surface, nobody though Hanoi going to win!

It seem like Indonesian government didn’t put much effort into this bid, if they did, I’m sure Surabaya had a better chance!

http://www.scmp.com/sport/other-sport/article/1077278/hanoi-expected-be-voted-host-2019-asian-games

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Hahahahahaha... congratulation to Hanoi, my feeling is mixed right now, I'm happy, because Surabaya didn't win this time, it means, that f*cking ba*stard corrupter don't get their chance to steal another money from us, but the fact that Surabaya is lost to Hanoi, that makes me a little sad, I'm OK if Surabaya lost to Dubai, but to Hanoi ?..... Anyway, the biggest contractor in Viet Nam is Indonesian group, I believe they'll get the proejct in Hanoi too :) so, gratz Hanoi....

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Opportunity lost as Dubai should have used Asian Games as Olympic test

by Martyn Thomas, Nov 08, 2012

Confusion reigned as the Olympic Committee of Asia (OCA) descended on Macau yesterday.

It seems I was not the only person who made the trip to the special administrative region of China believing that Dubai was in the running to host the 2019 Asian Games.

The UAE National Olympic Committee’s secretary general, Mohammad Al Kamali, who also sits on the OCA’s executive board as chairman of the Culture Committee revealed to me that he had been asked by several delegates whether the city had entered the bidding race.

They had not though, and reading between the lines it would seem Dubai’s bid for the 2020 Expo event and a possible stab at bringing the Olympics to the Emirates in 2024 had taken precedence.

That leaves Surabaya, Indonesia, and Hanoi, Vietnam, in the running. Both have valid claims to the Games. If Surabaya were to win, it would return the event to Indonesia for the first time since 1962, while, Hanoi proved a worthy co-host in the 2007 Asian Cup.

However, I cannot help but feel this is an opportunity missed for Dubai and the UAE.

On the back of another thrilling Formula One Grand Prix in Abu Dhabi, and at a time when the country is continually proving that it has what it takes to host top-class international sporting events, landing a sporting jamboree such as the Asian Games would have been another statement of intent from the Emirates.

Last year when he revealed Dubai would not be bidding for the 2020 Olympic Games – eyeing a probable run for the ‘Greatest Show on Earth’ four years later – Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, said he wanted to wait until the city was “prepared to host the greatest sporting event in history in a way that would add value to the Olympic Movement itself.”

Okay, so the Asian Games are nowhere near as big as the Olympics, but what better way to prepare yourselves for hosting the quadrennial sporting behemoth than with an event that would fine-tune Dubai’s ability to host a multi-sport event.

When I spoke to Al Kamali yesterday, he assured me that Dubai would be ready to host the Asian Games tomorrow, and that view was not purely rhetoric.

The city boasts an impressive array of state-of-the-art sporting facilities. There are 36 sports scheduled to be on show in Incheon in 2014 and most would find a ready-made stadium for hosting them in Dubai or the surrounding area.

From aquatics at the Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Sports Complex (left), to cricket at Dubai Sports City, tennis at the Aviation Centre and rugby at 7he Sevens, it is clear that the city has the stadia to accommodate an event the size of the Asian Games, or maybe even the Olympics.

What no one will know until it is tested, however, is whether Dubai has the infrastructure to link up all their impressive pieces of architecture coherently.

If Dubai is serious about hosting the Olympics, then it would have seemed perfect to host a less high-profile multi-sport event where any kinks could have been ironed out without the pressure of the world’s gaze.

Any issues could then have been worked on in the five years between the Asiad and the Olympiad to ensure nothing went wrong in the main show. That’s what Doha did with the Asian Games in 2006, leading to their successful bid to stage the 2020 football World Cup.

Obviously, with another 12 years to go to a potential Olympics in 2024 the sporting landscape of the country could well have moved on and new stadia undoubtedly built.

But Dubai has been denied an insight and opportunity into where it needed to improve to welcome the world of sport.

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Well,m good on Hanoi. As I said, I did think it was a lovely place with lovely people. But a lot of work to do, I'd imagine. Starting from the airport and the road into the city (and that's before they start on building actual usable roads, IN the city).

Uncle Ho would be happy.

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Not pleased at all with this decision. Dubai was kinda dumb on withdrewing from the race, and I'm sure most of us had put our bets on UAE.

Anyway, congratulations to Hanoi. Although they have a LOT of work to do, so best of luck. At least the Asiad will touch a new territory.

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