China has reaffirmed its preparedness to host the 19th Asian Games set to take place in Hangzhou, People’s Republic of China, from September 23 to October 8, 2023.
The Hangzhou Asian Games Organizing Committee (HAGOC) recently declared the successful completion of registrations for the upcoming event. This edition of Asia’s largest multi-sport competition will welcome 12,417 athletes and 4,975 officials from 45 countries and regions.
A total of 40 sports, encompassing 61 disciplines and 481 events, will be featured in the 19th Asian Games. Among these, 29 sports are slated to be part of the program for the 2024 Paris Olympics. Additionally, the lineup includes region-specific sports like Southeast Asia’s sepak takraw and South Asia’s kabaddi, highlighting the diverse sporting culture of the continent. The Hangzhou Games will also introduce emerging sports such as breakdance and e-sports, capturing the enthusiasm of young athletes.
The event will be represented by three mascots, each embodying distinct Olympic values. Chenchen, inspired by the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal, signifies the bridge connecting generations and technological advancement. Congcong is a representation of the Archaeological Ruins of Liangzhu City, symbolizing an enterprising spirit and the pursuit of a better life. Lianlian, inspired by the West Lake, represents nature and a shared future for humanity.
Thailand’s participation is set with a delegation of 940 athletes ready to compete across 432 events. The Thai contingent is targeting 17 gold medals in the tournament. Thai supporters can cheer on their national team through StadiumTH.com. (NNT)