Olympic Council of Asia

Olympic title just the first step for Li

Li Xuerui celebrates her victory in the London Olympic Games final against compatriot Wang Yihan. Photo: Felix Wong

For many athletes, winning an Olympic gold medal may be the mountain climbed, but Chinese badminton star Li Xuerui believes she is still in the foothills.

Sunday, 18 November, 2012, 3:31am

Left Field: 2023 Asian Games look out of reach for Hong Kong

Many of the bigwigs on the Olympic Council of Asia executive board attended the wedding of former China diving queen Guo Jingjing and Kenneth Fok Kai-kong.

Many of the bigwigs on the Olympic Council of Asia executive board - 37 to be exact - didn't return home straight after the end of the 31st general assembly in Macau.

11 Nov 2012 - 4:09am

Joint-city bids ruled out by OCA as Hanoi wins Asian Games for 2019

President of OCA Sheikh Ahmad (front centre) signs an agreement with the delegates of Vietnam during the OCA's general assembly.

A joint-city bid for the 2023 Asian Games was ruled out by the head of the Olympic Council of Asia yesterday after Hanoi was declared the winner of the 2019 edition, defeating Indonesia's Surabaya in a tight race.

There were suggestions from certain sections of the OCA previously that a joint bid by Hong Kong, Macau and Shenzhen for the 2023 Games might be attractive and cost-saving.

9 Nov 2012 - 2:58am

Bring Asian Games to Hong Kong in 2023, says top official

Hong Kong should bid for the 2023 Asian Games, a senior sports official said after the Olympic Council of Asia decided the host city for the 2019 Games yesterday.

The vice president of the Hong Kong Olympic Committee, Vivien Lau Chiang-chu, said: "We will have all sports infrastructure, including the Kai Tak sports hub, ready by 2023 and, timing-wise, it will just be perfect."

9 Nov 2012 - 2:40am

Hanoi expected to be voted host of 2019 Asian Games

Hanoi expected to be voted host of 2019 Asian Games

Hanoi has emerged as favourite to win today's Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) vote to host the 2019 Asian Games, the second-largest multi-sports games next to the Olympics, which Hong Kong thumbed its nose at and turned down the opportunity to contest.

8 Nov 2012 - 5:24am

Fok wants Asian Games backing

Hong Kong's Olympics chief, Timothy Fok Tsun-ting, yesterday called for the government to make an immediate and unequivocal commitment to building the Kai Tak sports hub before he could throw his weight behind a renewed attempt to host the 2023 Asian Games.

19 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

2023 knocks on our door again

It might not be the most appropriate time to bring this up with our leaders - incumbent and hopeful - who are both up to their necks in all sorts of personal problems. But Donald (Tsang Yam-kuen) and Henry (Tang Ying-yen), please spare a thought when you have a moment of sanity to the possibility of a renewed attempt to land the 2023 Asian Games.

26 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Government open to making fresh 2023 bid

A fresh bid for the 2023 Asian Games would be considered again by the government if the sports community wished to pursue it, a senior official responsible for sports said.

22 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

HK urged to reconsider 2023 bid

The Olympic Council of Asia wants Hong Kong to reconsider its decision and bid for the 2023 Asian Games, hinting a shared bid with Shenzhen and Macau would also be entertained.

Husain Al-Musallam, director general and technical director of the council, said Hong Kong would be an outstanding candidate to host the Games and hoped the city would put in a bid.

9 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Games revenue estimate

Revenue of HK$853 million could be generated from hosting the Asian Games in 2023, the government estimates. Eighty per cent would come from sponsorships and the rest from ticket and souvenir sales.

17 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Incheon keeps squash, wushu in programme

Hong Kong can rest easy after sports like squash and wushu, traditionally key sources of medals, were retained for the next Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea, in 2014.

A compromise was reached between the Olympic Council of Asia and the Incheon Games organisers whereby, instead of the required 35 sports, an extra sport was added, allowing much-needed leeway.

12 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Taiwan leaves HK behind in 2023 ambitions

While Hong Kong continues to debate the merits - or otherwise - of bidding for the 2023 Asian Games, Taiwan has already moved into top gear, promising free air tickets, board and lodging and even city tours for all officials and athletes if it wins the right to stage the 18th edition of the regional showpiece.

10 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Guangzhou prepare for 'grandest ever' Asiad

Organisers of the Guangzhou Asian Games yesterday declared with aplomb that the 2010 showpiece games would be the the largest and the grandest.

Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) director-general Husain Ali al-Musallam said the games would 'set a new standard in Asia'.

31 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Asian showpiece another fillip for Macau

On the drive to the Macau Stadium, candy-coloured lanterns adorned the lamp-posts with signage explaining some of the more obscure sports - finswimming, electronic sports, hoop sepak takraw.

25 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Macau should be granted membership, says council

The Olympic Council of Asia is to step up its efforts to help Macau become a member of the International Olympic Committee.

Speaking at a press conference at the Macau East Asian Games Dome yesterday, the council's president Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah said there was no reason why Macau should not be admitted into the Olympic family.

8 Sep 2005 - 12:00am