Australia welcomes its invitation to the Asian countries to participate in the Asian Games

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Australia welcomed Monday its invitation to Oceania countries to participate in specific Olympic sports competitions in the 2022 Asian Games hosted by the Chinese city of Hangzhou for the first time in Asia.
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Australia welcomed Monday its invitation to Oceania countries to participate in specific Olympic sports competitions in the 2022 Asian Games hosted by the Chinese city of Hangzhou for the first time in Asia.


The invitation was adopted at the annual meeting of the Asian Olympic Council in Bangkok on the weekend.

"Australia welcomes this opportunity and there will be more interest from the rest of Oceania," said Australian Olympic Committee Chairman John Coates.

"This has been pushed for more than 20 years ... It has been a long journey and will ultimately benefit athletes in this region."

Advocacy is limited to football, basketball, volleyball, beach volleyball and fencing, and has not included other sports expected to be dominated by Australians such as swimming and cycling on the track.

"There will be a maximum of 10,000 athletes in these games, so there will be a need to make some decisions about the Australian men and women teams that will participate," he said.

"What is certain is our participation in Hangzhou 2022, and this is a very positive result for us," he added.

The invitation comes in the context of continuing claims of Australia to strengthen relations with the Olympic Council of Asia, chaired by Sheikh Ahmed Fahd Al-Sabah, having received approval from the Asian and International Football Federation to compete in the Asian continental competitions.
Australia has been a member of the AFC since 2006 and has been involved in the East Asian Games in Osaka 2001 and at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Sapporo.

The Asian Games are the second largest event for athletes after the Olympic Games, with 10,000 athletes and athletes competing in 35 competitions. The only candidate for the 2022 edition was Hangzhou, the third Chinese city to host Beijing after 1990 and Guangzhou in 2010.

Source: bein sport
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