Hangzhou wins Asian Games bid
Following Beijing’s successful bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics, Hangzhou will bring another major sporting event to China, as the Zhejiang provincial capital was selected on Wednesday as host of the 2022 Asian Games.
It will be the third time the Asiad, a quadrennial continental event, will be staged in China, where it was hosted in 1990 in Beijing and 2010 in Guangzhou.
Despite public concerns over financial burdens and inconvenience caused by the games, the city government envisions that hosting the event will benefit the development of the sports industry while inspiring mass sports participation in the region, citing a cautiously conceived games plan.
“Delivering the Asiad will help update urban infrastructure and improve the international image of Hangzhou. Sports facilities will be improved while more investments in sports-related businesses will benefit the public,” said Zheng Jiwei, deputy governor of Zhejiang, who briefedmembersof theOlympic Council of Asia at its 34th Congress in Turkmenistan, where it released its decision.
According to the provincial development plan, Zhejiang aims for total sports industry revenue of 500 billion yuan ($78.5 billion) by 2025 as part of the country’s strategic plan to boost consumption in sports and leisure businesses.
Hosting the Asiad will encourage more people to participate in sports activities to help accelerate achieving the goal, said Zheng.
the Hangzhou Sports Bureau, most of the around 50 competition venues needed for the games are existing facilities, including the Dragon Sports Center and college arenas in three university clusters in city suburbs. Approximately 20 training venues will be set in local sports academies and regular schools to avoid extra expenditure.
The only major new complex, the soon-to-be-completed Olympic Sports and Convention Center, was in the city’s urban development plan long before it applied for the Asiad in August, said Xu Tonghao, deputy director of the bureau.
“The worries of too much government spending as well as inconvenience caused by big scale construction are unnecessary, since the city has carefully analyzed risks and benefits before making a cautious decision,” he said on Wednesday.
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