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Taipei, Xinbei cities to make joint bid for 2019 Asian Games

2010/08/03 20:47:14

Taipei, Aug. 3 (CNA) The mayoral candidates of the rulingKuomintang (KMT) for Taipei City and the soon-to-be-establishedXinbei City announced Tuesday that if they win the year-endelections, the two cities will work together to bid for the 2019Asian Games.

Incumbent Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin and Eric Liluan Chu, who willrun in Xinbei City, were campaigning on the slogan "Twin Win" forhosting the 2019 Asian Games. The two candidates and the chair of theChinese Taipei Olympics Committee would serve as co-chairs of thegames.

An estimated more-than NT$300 billion (US$9.44 billion) will bespent on building stadiums and athlete's villages, as well as onmanagement costs. The money is expected to come from royalty fees,business sponsorship and government subsidies.

Six countries and areas -- Hong Kong, Malaysia, the Philippines,Vietnam, India and United Arab Emirates -- have also expressed theirintention to bid for the games.

If the KMT wins the elections, the two cities will alsocollaborate in bidding for the 2017 World University Games, the 2017East Asian Games and the 2023 Asian Games.

(By C.W. Sun and Nancy Liu)