Friday, May 6, 2016 - The Olympic Council of Asia has called on its 45 National Olympic Committees to keep the spirit of the beach games burning brightly when the 5th Asian Beach Games takes place in Da Nang, Viet Nam, this September.
The Organizing Committee of the 5th Asian Beach Games 2016 – Da Nang, Viet Nam (DABGOC) hosted the Chef de Mission (CDM) meeting at Royal Lotus Convention Centre in Da Nang on Wednesday, June 1st . Chairing the meeting were the OCA’s Honorary Life Vice President, Mr. Wei Jizhong, Mr. Haider Ahe Farman, Director Asian Games Department, Mr. Le Khanh Hai, Deputy Minister of Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Chairman of DABGOC, Mr. Dang Viet Dung, Vice Chairman of People Committee of Da Nang – the host City and Mr. Vuong Bich Thang, Gen. Director of Vietnam Sports Administrative. About 60 members who are Chefs de mission, NOC members of 39 countries and regions of Asia attended the meeting as well as representatives of relevant ministries, branches of Viet Nam.
Opening the meeting, Mr. Le Khanh Hai welcome all the participants and stressed that Viet Nam in general and Da Nang City in particular will try the best to host the Games, making a good impression to friends in Asia and all over the world. He said: “With slogan “Shinning the sea, bright future”, I hope ABG5 will contribute to the development of future generation, for the common prosperity of Asia and the whole of humanity”.
Being the host City, leader of Da Nang, Mr. Dang Viet Dung confirmed: “the Da Nang ABG5 Organizing Committee has actively collaborated with the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA), Chiefs of Mission, ABG5 Organizing Committee, and Viet Nam Olympic Council for preparations for the Games, in order to ensure thoughtful preparation that meets the requirements of the OCA”
Addressing delegates at the meeting, the OCA’s Honorary Life Vice President, Mr. Wei Jizhong, said the OCA could take pride in establishing the beach and sea sports concept in 2008.
“The beach games started in Asia, initiated by the President of the OCA, Sheikh Ahmad Al Sabah,” said Mr. Wei. “Now it is becoming universal. This year in Da Nang we will have approximately 3,000 athletes in 14 sports, 22 disciplines and 172 events. “This gives all Asian athletes the possibility to take part in the beach games and enjoy the harmony and friendship of the OCA family.”
Mr. Wei appealed to the NOCs to send their best athletes, and more athletes, to Da Nang “to take part in this sports festival in this beautiful city.” The OCA first held the Asian Beach Games in Bali, Indonesia, in 2008, and the concept was deemed a great success due to the relatively low costs of staging the sports in the sea and on the beach and with temporary infrastructure.
In addition, the potential for tourism was high with thousands of participants attending from all over the continent. The Asian Beach Games moved to Muscat, Oman, in 2010, to Haiyang, China, in 2012 and to Phuket, Thailand, in 2014, prompting the Association of National Olympic Committees, also headed by Sheikh Ahmad, to plan the inaugural ANOC World Beach Games in San Diego, California, in September/October 2017 with the participation of 205 NOCs.
The OCA’s fifth ABG will take place in Da Nang from September 24 to October 3, 2016. One of the key dates for NOCs in the build-up to ABG5 is the Entry by Name deadline on June 30. The Delegation Registration Meetings will take place from September 17-21 and the Team Welcome Ceremonies on September 22-23.
There will be four venue clusters along the sweeping bay of Da Nang, a central coastal city, with only 7km separating the four clusters. Beach bodybuilding, which has been affected by doping problems in the past, is among the 14 sports. To ensure a clean competition, all athletes must undergo a doping test at a WADA-registered lab one month before the ABG and send the result, endorsed by the NOC, to the organizers.
In addition, the athletes must arrive three or four days before the competition in Da Nang to take a second test, the result of which will be known before the competition starts.