Sunday, January 16, 2011

Asian Games: Sapporo to host 2017 Asian Winter Games

NUSA DUA, INDONESIA - OCTOBER 18:  IOC Preside...Image by Getty Images via @daylife
SAPPORO (Kyodo) -- The city of Sapporo, Hokkaido, will host the 2017 Asian Winter Games after Mayor Fumio Ueda announced the city's bid for it Friday, as no other city is expected to be in the running.
At the city assembly's economic committee, Ueda said the international sporting event "will be a golden opportunity to show the appeal of Sapporo to Asian countries while contributing to attracting tourists."
The formal decision will be made at the board meeting of the Olympic Council of Asia later this month.
After examining the request of the Japanese Olympic Committee to host the event, the municipal government decided to bid for it as the JOC is expected to shoulder 1 billion yen of the 3.5 billion yen cost to host the multisporting event.
(Mainichi Japan) January 15, 2011

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