Asian Youth Games

General News | Mar-07-2021

Asian Youth Games

China, which has been the epicenter of the coronavirus epidemic, will host its third Asian Youth Games in November next year. The Asian Olympic Council announced this on Wednesday. The coronavirus pandemic started in Wuhan, China, which spread to Europe, America, and Asia. This led to the Tokyo Olympics being postponed for a year. The OCA has decided to hold the Asian Youth Games from 20 to 28 November. The decision on its host was made only in 2019 but the dates were announced today.

OCA Director General Hussain Al Mussallam said in a letter that "I am happy to tell you that the OCA has decided together with the Shantou Third Asian Youth Games Organizing Committee that these games will take place between 20 to 28 November next year." The first games took place in Singapore in 2011 and the second in 2013 in Nanjing. The 2017 Games in Sri Lanka were postponed.

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Prior to the postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics for a year, the Beijing Winter Olympics became an awkward situation for the 2022 organizers, as there was less than a six months gap between these two important competitions. The Tokyo Olympics has been postponed for a year due to the coronavirus pandemic and will now be held from 23 July to 8 August 2021.

The Asian Olympic Council is the highest sporting body in Asia and is a member of the National Olympic Committees of 45 countries in Asia. Its current president is Sheikh Fahd al-Sabah. The oldest National Olympic Committee within the Council is from Japan, which was recognized by the International Olympic Committee in 1912, while the National Olympic Committee of East Timor is the newest, which became its member in the year 2003. The headquarters of the Asian Olympic Council is located in Kuwait City, Kuwait.

The Asian Youth Games is a multi-sport occasion that is held once in at regular intervals with the competitors partaking from everywhere in Asia. The Olympic Council of Asia arranges the Asian Youth Games. The Games are additionally considered as the second biggest game after the Asian Games.

The first Asian Youth Games were held in Singapore in 2011 and afterward in China in 2013, where in excess of 2500 competitors participated.

By: Akshit Sharma