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Taipei to bid to host 2019 Asian Games

2010/11/09 20:24:29

Taipei, Nov. 9 (CNA) A delegation from Taipei City departed forChina's Guangzhou Tuesday to make known its ambition to host the 2019Asian Games.

Taipei City, in cooperation with neighboring Taipei County, plansto build an Olympic-style athletics stadium in the city's westernsuburb of Guandu, said Taipei City Sports Office Director SunChin-chuan, head of the Taipei delegation, at a press conferenceprior to departure.

According to Sun, the facility will have a media center capableof hosting 2,000 media personnel, a main stadium for 60,000spectators, a 10,000-seat multifunction gymnasium and a 10,000-seatswimming pool auditorium.

Other facilities, including cycling and archery auditoriums, willalso be built if the city and county win the bid for the 2019 AsianGames, Sun added.

Meanwhile, he said, a new sports dome will be built at the LinkouStadium Park located in Taoyuan County's Gueishan Township about 30minutes from Taipei. The Linkou park will be the second major venueof the 2019 Asian Games if the bid is successful, he said.

In addition, he went on, an athletes village capable ofaccommodating 15,000 people and a massive hotel capable of hosting5,000 sports officials will also be built in the expanded LinkouStadium Park.

Four other Olympic-standard parks will also be developed inTaipei City's Neihu, Zhongzheng and Daan districts, as well as inTaipei County's Banciao City, while an equestrian stadium will bebuilt in Taipei County's Sanjhih Township, Sun added.

Initially, NT$50 billion (US$1.66 billion) will be raised for the2019 Taipei Asian Games plan, with the city and county governmentsand the central government footing 86 percent of the cost and theremaining 14 percent to be raised via business sponsorships,according to Sun.

So far, Dubai and Singapore have also expressed interest inbidding for the right to host the games.

The Executive Board of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) willbegin to accept applications from February 2011 filed by candidatecities.

The OCA is scheduled to announce the winner of the bid in July2011 after a vote by all 45 OCA member nations, Sun said.

Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin said at the press conference thatTaipei stands a good chance of winning the bid, given its successfulexperience in hosting the Deaflympics 2009 and the TaipeiInternational Flora Expo 2010.

(By Johnson Sun and Deborah Kuo)