The 16th Asian Games will be held in Guangzhou from November 12th to 27th, 2010. After Beijing, which was the host city of the 11th Asian Games in 1990, Guangzhou is the second city in China granted the right to hold Asian Games.
A record-high 12,000 athletes from 45 countries and regions throughout Asia will compete at the Guangzhou Asian Games.
Thrilling Games, Harmonious Asia
The mascots of the Guangzhou Asian games, collectively known as Le Yangyang, are composed of five energetic and fashionable sheep. When their names are spoken together - Xiang He Ru Yi Le Yangyang – it literally means “auspiciousness and joy” in Chinese.
Foshan, Shanwei and Dongguan are the three co-host cities of the 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games. While 14 golden medals will be awarded to champions of Boxing and Synchronized Swimming competitions that take place in Foshan, 15 gold medals will be bestowed to champions of weight lifting competitions to be held in Dongguan. Shanwei will witness the intense rivalry for 15 golden metals in sailing and windsurfing competitions to be held there. In total, the three co-host cities will host sports competitions for 43 golden medals, accounting for 9% of total golden medals of the 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games.
476 competitions for 56 disciplines of 42 sports will be performed in the 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games, making it the largest Asian Games ever. In addition to 28 official sport events of the Olympic Games, 14 non-official sport events of the Olympic Games, including the newly introduced ones with Chinese flavors such as chess, Wushu and Dragon Boat racing, will also be contested in the game.
53 competition venues and 17 independent training venues are scattered throughout 10 districts and 2 county-level cities of Guangzhou City and three co-host cities of Foshan, Shanwei and Dongguan, forming a vast competition venue network with multiple centers and functions.
The torch of the 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games, named “Tide", will be ignited at the flame-lighting ceremony which is expected to be held in the Temple of Heaven on October 9th, 2010 in Beijing, and start its relay journey across the country.