Ashgabat, Turkmenistan: The Olympic Council of Asia President Sheikh Ahmad Al Fahad Al Sabah praised the team-work and solidarity of the Olympic movement in Asia during his opening address at the 36th OCA General Assembly at the Mizan Hotel here on Wednesday.
Sheikh Ahmad thanked the Turkmenistan President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov for the warm welcome and support and said that the unity and co-operation of the OCA’s 45 National Olympic Committees had led to the successful hosting of three multi-sport games in the past year with a total of more than 11,000 athletes participation.
The 5th Asian Beach Games in Danang, Vietnam, in September, 2016 was followed by the 8th Asian Winter Games in Sapporo, Japan, in February, 2017 and the ongoing 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games.
“These three multi-sport games have involved more than 11,000 athletes and we’re proud of the success,” said Sheikh Ahmad.
“This has never happened in any sport organisation - to host three multi-sport games in 12 months. This cannot be done without your solidarity and cooperation and the work of the Executive Board and our different commissions in the OCA,” he added.