Trio vying to host 2019 Asian Games

Trio vying to host 2019 Asian Games

Indonesia, China and UAE are candidates to replace Vietnam as the hosts for the 18th Asian Games in 2019.

Following Vietnam's recent withdrawal from hosting of the Games, the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) is working hard to find a replacement for the quadrennial games to be held in five years' time.

"China, Indonesia and UAE express their respective interest to host the Games," said OCA's vice-president Maj Gen Charouck Arirachakaran, adding that Indonesia will present Surabaya as the host city while UAE will push for Dubai.

"China still hasn't named the host city. But they have many cities qualified to host the Games."

The vice-president said that all the three countries had their advantages in the bidding process.

UAE seemed to have a financial strength while China are experienced in hosting many big Games. Indonesia cannot be overlooked should they get the support from the government.

"At the end, it depends on OCA to decide which way they want the Games to be in the future," he said.

Mr Husain Al-Musallam, director general and technical director of the OCA, said the host city for the 2019 Games will be decided during the meeting in South Korea on Sept 20, one day after the opening ceremony of the 17th Asian Games.

Refusing to name the favourite, he said OCA will evaluate all the factors to choose the right hosts for the Games. The main things to consider are the venues and the standard of the Games.

"They should host the Games in one city and the venues and organising must meet international standards," he said, adding that OCA will not give it to any particular region. Instead, it will give it to the city able to meet their requirements.

Husain also confirmed that Vietnam was not fined for their withdrawal because the OCA agreed with their decision.

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