Tehran, Iran; The door is open for a new host city for the OCA’s 3rd Asian Youth Games, the OCA President, HE Sheikh Ahmad Al Fahad Al Sabah, told a news conference in Tehran on Thursday afternoon.
Speaking after the 66th OCA Executive Board meeting earlier in the day, Sheikh Ahmad reported that one of the major announcements during the meeting was that the OCA had decided to withdraw the 3rd AYG from Sri Lanka in 2017 due to problems with the autonomy of the National Olympic Committee from the government.
This move followed regular monitoring and repeated warnings from the OCA that preparations were not up to scratch and even after switching the host city from the developing coastal hub of Hambantota to the capital Colombo.
“The door will be open for any city to host our 3rd Asian Youth Games,” Sheikh Ahmad told the media.
“We have also offered it to Indonesia as a test event for the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta in 2018.”
The Olympic Committee Asia (OCA) will make a final decision on the host city for the 3rd AYG 2017 at the General Assembly in Turkmenistan this September.
Sheikh Ahmad reported that the OCA EB had heard updates and progress reports from the organising committees of four upcoming games: the 5th Asian Beach Games in Vietnam in 2016, the 8th Asian Winter Games in Japan in 2017, the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in Turkmenistan in 2017 and the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta in 2018.
He said that the 5th AIMAG, to be hosted by Ashgabat in September 2017, would be particularly significant as it would be the first time Oceania had joined the OCA in a multi-sport games, resulting in 62 National Olympic Committees.
(OCA Media Department)