Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Taipei, Xinbei cities to make joint bid for 2019 Asian Games

Taipei, Aug. 3 (CNA) The mayoral candidates of the ruling Kuomintang (KMT) for Taipei City and the soon-to-be-established Xinbei City announced Tuesday that if they win the year-end elections, the two cities will work together to bid for the 2019 Asian Games.

Incumbent Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin and Eric Liluan Chu, who will run in Xinbei City, were campaigning on the slogan "Twin Win" for hosting the 2019 Asian Games. The two candidates and the chair of the Chinese Taipei Olympics Committee would serve as co-chairs of the games.

An estimated more-than NT$300 billion (US$9.44 billion) will be spent on building stadiums and athlete's villages, as well as on management costs. The money is expected to come from royalty fees, business sponsorship and government subsidies.

Six countries and areas -- Hong Kong, Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam, India and United Arab Emirates -- have also expressed their intention to bid for the games.

If the KMT wins the elections, the two cities will also collaborate in bidding for the 2017 World University Games, the 2017 East As

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