Inaugural Games invites issued


[ASIAN INDOOR GAMES] The formal invitation to athletes from 45 countries to take part in this year’s inaugural Asian Indoor Games was extended at the Bangkok International Trade and Exhibition Centre (Bitec) yesterday.

Tourism and Sports Minister Sontaya Kunplome issued the invitation in front of more than 300 guests including foreign representatives, organising committee members, executive members from the Olympic Committee of Thailand and sports associations.

Thailand will host the first Asian Indoor Games in Bangkok from November 12 to 19. There will be nine sporting events – aerobics, ballroom dancing, extreme sports, futsal, loop takraw, indoor athletics, indoor cycling, Muay Thai and short-course swimming, with 123 gold medals on offer. Two elephants named “Hay” and “Ha” will be the Games mascots and the letter “A” symbolising “Asia” the Games logo, while “Dawn of Asia” is the slogan of the competition.

Asian members expected to take part include China, South Korea, Japan, Kazakhstan, Taiwan, Iran, North Korea, India, Uzbekistan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Mongolia, Qatar, The Philippines, Oman, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Yemen and East Timor.

OCT president General Yuthasak Sasiprapa was the last representative from the participating countries to receive an invitation letter from Sontaya. Yuthasak said more than 7,000 athletes from 45 countries are expected for the Games, which will help to promote tourism. The Chon Buri venue for the indoor athletics is expected to be completed three months before the start of the Games.

Published on February 25, 2005

Preechachan Wiriyanupappong

The Nation