Monday, October 18, 2010

Asian Games Cost 122.6 Bln RMB

Approaching the upcoming 16th Asian Games and the 1st Asian Para Games in Guangzhou, the city has been heater and tenser to make everything prepared. To mark the day of one-month countdown ahead of the games, Guangzhou mayor Wan Qingliang on behalf of the Guangzhou Asian Games Organizing Committee delivered the work to media and public yesterday (November 13rd.)

All the sports competitions will be held in 70 stadiums and gymnasiums in 4 cities in Guangdong including Guangzhou, Foshan, Dongguan and Shanwei. All the construction of these venues has been fully completed. Among the 70, 12 were newly built and 58 expanded or renovated based on the original complexes. With a history of 60 years, the rebuilt Yuexiu stadium on the Yuexiu Mountain is the oldest venue.

The media center in the Asian Games town

Working area for the journalists in the media center in the Asian Games town

Guangzhou, as the main holding city, has built a 2.73 square meter Asian Games Town in its south. It has 7 sessions like athlete village, technical officer village, media village and major media center. The town is planned to accommodate over 14, 700 athletes, 2, 800 technical officers, 10, 000 media staff and 18, 000 volunteers during the games. It will be sold as residence to citizens and partly rebuilt as public lots and park s.

The supporting teams have been built up, providing service of registration, accommodation, catering, transport, medicine and test. 42 trial tests for Asian Games and 5 for Para Games have been almost finished to ensure the use of the venue and keep order. Participant signups have closed it end and it will be the ever largest Asian Games with over 10, 000 participant athletes.

Haixinsha Square, the place for the opening and closing of the Asian Games

According to Wan, 9 licensed broadcasters including CCTV, MBC and NHK will deliver television signals to cover the whole Asian area. On October 12, the torch has begun its relay in 21 cities in Guangdong and is expected to arrive in Guangzhou on November 5.

The mayor firstly released that over 122.6 billion RMB has been invested for the Games, including 6.3 billion RMB for sports venues, 7.3 billion RMB for operation, 109 billion RMB for improving the public facilities like metro, road, bridge, facelift, greening and river cleaning.

The 16th Asian Games will be held in Guangzhou from November 12 to 17, 2010. The Asian Para Games will be from December 12 to 19.

(Reported and photographed by Jessie Huang)

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