Host City Contracts signed for 2020 Asian Beach Games, 2026 Asian Games

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Host City Contracts for both the 2026 Asian Games in Nagoya, Japan, and 2020 Asian Beach Games in Sanya, China, were signed during the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) General Assembly in Jakarta during the ongoing Asian Games 2018.

The 2026 Asian Games hosts Nagoya will be the third Japanese city to host the Asian continental multi-sport event after Tokyo in 1958 and Hiroshima in 1994. This will be the 20th edition of the Asian Games after Hangzhou 2022.

OCA has selected Nagoya to host the Games at their annual general assembly session during the last Asian Beach Games in Danang, Vietnam, on September 25, 2016. The bid was initially in threat of falling apart after a budget dispute between Aichi Prefecture and Aichi Prefecture’s capital Nagoya, but was resolved, allowing the bid to be accepted.

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Sanya officials promised the OCA that the pearl of the South China Sea is ready to shine when it hosts the sixth edition of the Asian Beach Games. Chinese Olympic Committee vice-president Yang Shu’an assured delegates from the 45 countries and regions that Sanya would deliver a successful event.

Sanya is the southern-most city on Hainan Island and, along with Hangzhou and Beijing, will form a trifecta of Chinese cities hosting major Games over the next four years. Hangzhou is set to host the 19th Asian Games in 2022, while Beijing is scheduled to stage the 2022 Winter Olympic Games.

“We are in a good position and in a very stable situation with our sports calendar, and I’m very happy about this,” he told a packed ballroom where the General Assembly was being held.

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Boasting a heritage of several thousand years, Sanya is set to welcome more than 5,000 athletes in 22 sports from November 28 to December 5 in 2020. Sanya is also known for hosting major sporting events in recent years, including the Volvo Ocean Race and the Clipper Round The World Race.

Officials revealed the city had 237 hotels – 58 of which were a five-star and four-star category – with more than 60,000 rooms. They also claimed its medical facilities were top-class with over 200 hospitals and medical institutions.

The OCA General Assembly coincided with the first official day of competition at the 2018 Asian Games here in Jakarta and Palembang after a spectacular opening ceremony at Jakarta’s Gelora Bung Karno Main Stadium.

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