Hangzhou to host 19th Asian Games in 2022

16 SEP 2015 

Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, September 16, 2015: Hangzhou in South East China will host the 19th Asian Games in 2022 after their bid was approved by the 34th OCA General Assembly on Wednesday. A delegation led by Liu Peng, President of the Chinese Olympic Committee and China’s Sports Minister, waved flags and cheered after the house supported the bid with a round of applause.

OCA President Sheikh Ahmad Al Fahad Al Sabah congratulated Hangzhou and said he was confident the 19th Asiad would be a big success due to the strong commitment of the central government, Zhejiang provincial government and Hangzhou municipal government, together with China’s vast experience of organising major multi-sport games.

“In addition, with the support and commitment of their marketing partner Alibaba, I think this will achieve our goals, especially in the fields of youth and technology,” said Sheikh Ahmad. The OCA President received the personal commitment of Chinese President Xi Jinping during a recent visit to Beijing. “China always shows their intention to help the movement, the athletes and the youth, and we have seen here the high commitment and the serious bid of Hangzhou to stage the 2022 Asian Games.”

Hangzhou, with a population of 8.9 million and ranked fourth in GDP in China, will be the third Chinese city to host the OCA’s showpiece event, following Beijing in 1990 and Guangzhou in 2010. They plan to hold the Asian Games from September 10-25, when the average temperature is 20C, and feature between 36 and 40 sports. Thirty venues already exist, 10 are under construction and four are in the planning stage.

Alibaba, the Internet giant, will use its formidable reach to attract other sponsors, while mobilising its 40,000-strong workforce to assist in the preparations and operations of the 19th Asian Games. The four key words for the Hangzhou Asian Games 2022 are: Green, Smart, Economical, Civilized.

The host city's presentation delegation also included Zheng Jiwei, Zhejiang Provincial Deputy Governor; Zhang Hongming, Hangzhou Municipal City Mayor; and Luo Xuejuan, Olympic and Asian Games gold medal-winning swimmer.