Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, has won the race to host the 18th Asian Games in 2019 (ASIAD 2019), announced the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA).
The OCA made the announcement at a meeting in Macau (China) that Hanoi had beat Surabaya, Indonesia’s second biggest city, to host the ASIAD 2019, soon after Dubai in the United Arab Emirates pulled out at the last minute.
In context of the difficult economic situation worldwide, Vietnam proposed to be the most economical choice for the Asian Games by the Olympic Council of Asia.
The race to host the Asian Games in 2019 became easier after Dubai (UAE) withdrew at the last minute.
|Vietnam hosted the 2009 Asian Indoor Games (Photo: SGGP)|
Earlier, Taiwan (China) decided to withdraw from the race so that only Hanoi and Surabaya remained to compete with each other.
In the duel race, Hanoi had the added experience of having successfully hosted the SEA Games 2003 with existing modern facilities, while in Surabaya all infrastructures would have to be created, said the OCA President Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah at a press conference.
Lessons from the previous Asian Games have shown, the more expensive the organization, the more the budget deficit puts pressure on host nations. That is why a series of candidates had to retreat before they calculated who could bear the huge expense.
As a result, Hanoi was chosen by 29 votes in its favor while the city of Surabaya (Indonesia) received only 14 votes. The 18th Asian Games will hold 28 Olympic disciplines in accordance with the provisions of the OCA.
It is estimated that the 18th Asian Games will cost some US$150 million as 80 percent of the required venues have been built and only need to be upgraded to meet international standards.
Hanoi will be the key venue of the tournament, but other 14 avenues will include, Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang, Hai Phong and Quang Ninh, Binh Thuan, Hai Duong, Bac Ninh, Thai Nguyen, Bac Giang, Nam Dinh, Thai Binh, Ninh Binh, Ha Nam, Phu Tho Provinces.
Hoang Anh Tuan, Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism, said the Vietnamese Government and people are keen on the event, which is expected to help the beautiful country and its hospitable people get closer to the international world, thus strengthening the friendship between Vietnam and other countries.
ASIAD 18 is scheduled for November 2019 and will last for 16 days.
The 17th Asian Games will be held in Incheon, the Republic of South Korea in 2014.