Asian Games to be held in China’s Silicon Valley
The 19th edition of the Asian Games is due to take place in Hangzhou, a vibrant city filled with young and old, ancient and ultra-modern. Hangzhou is gradually being transformed into a technological mecca and is often referred to as the Silicon Valley of China.
The spectacle will consist of 46 sports, nearly 50% more than at the Tokyo Olympics. There are no challenges too big for the Chinese organisers to overcome!
The Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) has invited Oceanian countries including Australia to compete at the 2022 Asian Games, although their participation has been limited to sports like volleyball, beach volleyball, basketball, soccer and fencing. The Council has also decided that cricket will be reintroduced to the Games. The T20 format is the most likely choice, but this decision has not yet been finalised.
The Organising Committees in China and Japan have been working closely with each other, sharing information and exchanging ideas. Together they have released a promotional film for the Asian Games that was co-produced by Hangzhou, the host city of the 19th Asian Games, and Aichi-Nagoya, the host city of the 20th Asian Games.
Hangzhou, the capital of China’s Zhejiang province is only an hour by train from Shanghai and is considered to be one of the most beautiful cities in China. The city boasts two World Heritage Sites, the West Lake and the Grand Canal, which is the longest artificial river in the world, running from Beijing in the north to Hangzhou in the south.
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