Saturday, August 7, 2010

Xu Ruisheng: Asian Games to benefit Guangzhou citizens

East Asian Games display, Kowloon, Hong KongImage by pondspider via Flickr
Guangzhou, August 2 - The Guangzhou Asian Games will leave rich legacies and benefit local residents in various aspects, said Xu Ruisheng, Executive Deputy Secretary General of the Guangzhou Asian Games Organising Committee (GAGOC) and Vice Mayor of Guangzhou.

Xu Ruisheng (right), Deputy Secretary General of GAGOC and Vice Mayor of Guangzhou, speaks at a press conference on Monday (August 2).
Mr Xu made the remark during a press conference at GAGOC headquarters on Monday (August 2), two days before the 100-day countdown to the Games.
He said the organisers have set up 48 operation teams for all competition venues and staged a number of promotional events ahead of the 100-day countdown, including an Asiad-themed Guangdong Week at the Shanghai Expo Park recently.
The vice mayor thanked the public and Guangzhou citizens in particular for their constant support of and involvement in the preparations for the 2010 Asian Games, saying it has proved to be a highly engaging sport and cultural gala whose excitement is widely shared.
Taking into account the long-term development of the city, Guangzhou has built Asian Games venues and their supporting facilities in different clusters as a pavement for its transition to a multi-centre city. After the Games, the Asian Games Town will become a new residential area and the launch zone of the Guangzhou New Town - a major project for the city's southward expansion. Elsewhere, the post-Games use of the venues reflects lasting benefits for the people: venues in the Guangzhou Higher Education Mega Centre will greatly enhance the universities' infrastructure for physical education; the Zengcheng Dragon Boat Lake will open to the public as a park; the Guangzhou Equestrian Venue in Conghua will be used as a training base of the Hong Kong Jockey Club and expected boost Conghua's tourism; the Asian Games Town Gymnasium will be able to host basketball, volleyball and badminton matches as well as exhibitions and concerts.
Mr Xu emphasised that the organisers have been bearing in mind from the beginning how the venues will benefit Guangzhou citizens after the Games.
He also briefed the media about Games preparations in terms of sports, torch relay and volunteering.

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