Kuwait City, Kuwait, March 2, 2021: The Olympic Council of Asia is “impressed and encouraged” by preparations for the 3rd Asian Youth Games in Shantou, China in November 2021.
Organising committee SAYGOC submitted its latest quarterly report to the OCA which covered the progress of preparations and the priorities and targets for the next nine months.
The report said that the construction of two new stadiums and the renovation of 22 existing venues was 72 per cent complete at the end of February, and that all work would be finished by the end of June.
In other developments, SAYGOC has selected six authorised marketing agencies, secured sponsors in banking, sports apparel and ticketing services and started volunteer recruitment in colleges and universities.
The OCA Director General, Husain Al-Musallam, said: “We are all looking forward to visiting Shantou, China in November for our third Asian Youth Games.“The organising committee SAYGOC continues to work hard in their preparations and we are very impressed by the details and scope of their latest quarterly report. Although the challenges remain with us, we are very encouraged by the determination and diligence of the organising committee.
“We are sure that, with the support and cooperation of the Chinese Olympic Committee, the municipal and provincial governments and the OCA, Shantou will provide the best and safest environment possible for our event.”
The OCA’s 3rd AYG is due to take place from November 20-28, 2021 in Shantou, a port city in southern Guangdong province. There will be 18 sports on the programme and 161 events.
The latest report covered the period from November 2020 to February 2021 and included the establishment of SAYGOC on November 9, the release of the mascot, emblem and slogan on November 21 and plans to host a Chefs de Mission webinar in April for team leaders.
The next major steps will be finalising the opening and closing ceremonies, torch relay and culture and education programmes, upgrading the city services in Shantou and formulating detailed plans for pandemic prevention and control.
The report concluded: “We firmly believe that, under the OCA’s guidance and through close collaboration with all Asian National Olympic Committees and effective communication with International Federations and Asian Federations, SAYGOC will surely fulfill all the required tasks for the Games.
“With full support from the OCA, Chinese central government, the Chinese Olympic Committee, the governments of Guangdong and Shantou, and all other stakeholders, Shantou 2021 will certainly become a fantastic and memorable cultural and sporting gala for youths across Asia.”