China Asian Games venues’ work catches pace


China Hangzhou aquatic center to be completed soon Image: Hangzhou2022

One of the main venues for the 19th Asian Games to be held in Hangzhou, China, in September 2022 is nearing completion.

‘Hangzhou 2022’ stated that the newly built aquatics center which is almost ready – Asian Games Natatorium – is located in the heart of Olympic Park – the 80,000-capacity Hangzhou Olympic and International Expo Center, near the ‘Big Lotus’ main stadium and ‘Little Lotus’ tennis center.

The 2022 Asian Games – also known as XIX Asiad – will be a multisport event celebrated in Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China from September 10th to September 25th, 2022. Hangzhou will be the third Chinese City to host the Asian Games, after Beijing in 1990 and Guangzhou in 2010.

The aquatics center boasts gross floor area of 397,000 square meters and will stage the swimming, diving and artistic swimming events at the 19th Asian Games. The water polo event will be staged at a different venue – the Yellow Dragon Sports Center.

The 51,000-capacity Yellow Dragon Sports Center Stadium is a stadium also used for cultural events such as music concerts and celebrations, and is located in the center of the City of Hangzhou.

‘Hangzhou 2022’ further stated that the natatorium will have a seating capacity of 6,484 – and will host the next stage of the fierce China-Japan swimming rivalry that captivated the crowds at the 18th Asian Games held in Jakarta, as well as providing the perfect platform to witness the wizardry of the Chinese diving team.

The 19th Asian Games Hangzhou 2022 wrote in a Facebook post on March 11th, “The natatorium for the 19th #AsianGames #Hangzhou2022 is now taking shape. The venue, which features a design concept inspired by the Milky Way, is expected to be completed within the month!”

Esports facility

Meanwhile, the Hangzhou Asian Games Committee has informed that the Hangzhou Downtown Venue has become the official competition venue for the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games esports events.

Construction work on the venue started in September 2020 and is expected to be completed half a month ahead of schedule. In addition, the pile foundations have been completed and the basement build work is 60 percent over.

The esports facility will be able to pack in a crowd of 4,087.

Esports, alongside break dancing, were approved to join the 19th Hangzhou Asian Games as medal sports by the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) in 2020 end.

Kuwait-based the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) is a governing body of sports in Asia, currently with 45-member National Olympic Committees. The current President is Sheikh Fahad Al-Sabah.

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