Vietnam’s capital city Hanoi will host the 2019 Asian Games.
Hanoi won the right to host the showpiece event in 2019 over Surabaya of Indonesia in a two-city race following a ballot of delegates at the 31st OCA General Assembly here.
Speaking at a press conference immediately after the General Assembly, OCA president H E Sheikh Ahmad Al Fahad Al Sabah congratulated the two bidding nations on their preparations and presentations, and said both were suitable to host the 18th edition of the Asian Games in 2019.
Regarding Vietnam, which will host the Asian Games for the first time, Sheikh Ahmad said, “Everyone remembers the Asian Indoor Games in Hanoi in 2009 and all the participants were very satisfied and wanted to go back to Vietnam.
“Vietnam will also host the 5th Asian Beach Games at Nha Trang in 2016, and through this experience I am confident they will organise a very successful Asian Games in 2019.
“We have trust in their leaders, the government of Vietnam, the city of Hanoi and the National Olympic Committee. Through my experience in sport and also in finance and the economy, Vietnam is always committed and delivers on its promises,” he said.
Sheikh Ahmad said Hanoi was capable of hosting such a big event in terms of finance, infrastructure, marketing and other aspects.
“I am confident the Vietnam government, Hanoi city and the National Olympic Committee will do a great job with the cooperation of the OCA. Vietnam has all the tools – a country with big potential and a booming economy,” the OCA president said.
Hanoi, a city with a population of seven million, is planning to hold 36 sports, including the 28 in the 2020 Olympic Games, and 16 days of competition in late November 2019.
A new airport terminal, highways and bridges, as well as sports facilities, are part of Hanoi’s long-term development plans.
Hoang Tuan Anh, president of Vietnam Olympic Committee and Minister of Sport and Culture, said, “This is great for Vietnam and I am very happy. We have successfully organised the South East Asian Games and the Asian Indoor Games in 2009, and based on this experience we know we have much to do to build a successful Asian Games in 2019.”
Earlier in the General Assembly, OCA signed a host city contract with Hambantota, Sri Lanka, for the third Asian Youth Games in 2017.
The OCA also signed with Surabaya, Indonesia the venue for the fourth Asian Youth Games in 2021.