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Asian Games 2010 News and Updates - nairrk - 10-29-2010

Lucknow, Oct 29 (PTI) International umpire Arun Kumar Banerjee was today named as the manager of the Indian table tennis contingent for the upcoming Asian Games to be held from November 12-27 in Guangzhou, China.

Banerjee, also the Secretary of the Uttar Pradesh Table Tennis Association (UPTTA), was Deputy Competition Manager for the ping pong game in Delhi Commonwealth Games.

The Table Tennis competition in the Asian Games will be held between November 13 and 20.

Banerjee was also the Organising Secretary of the 19th Asian Table Tennis Championships, held here in November last year, a release said.

RE: Asian Games 2010 News and Updates - nairrk - 10-30-2010

Archers eye three medals in Asian Games
PTI, Oct 29, 2010, 09.27pm IST

Indian archers were hoping to strike three medals in the Asian Games, but were getting a bit tired by the plethora of felicitations after their success at the Commonwealth Games.

While Rahul Banerjee, who got an individual gold and team bronze in Delhi 2010, said that archers were aiming at three medals at Guangzhou event, which would be tough in the presence of world champions Korea.

Cold and windy weather condition will also be a challenge for the Indians, the trio of Dola Banerjee, Rahul and Deepika Kumari had a common opinion.

They feel that they were getting distracted by the felicitation programmes and promotional events after their Delhi success.

Deepika, who made a golden double in Delhi, was felicitated by an NGO at the Sports Authority of India Eastern Centre today.

"Every day I'm getting felicitated by various organisations, which is hindering my regular practice and routine. The Asiad will be really tough and I'm practising hard," Deepika said.

The brother-sister duo of Dola and Rahul were felicitated yesterday by the Kolkata Municipal Corporation, the third after the Games.

"There is hardly any time left for the Asian Games. We have to attend the felicitation programmes in the middle of practice," double Olympian Dola, who got a team gold and individual bronze in Delhi, said.

Rahul said with the competition starting on November 19 and the archers leaving for Guangzhou on November 13, they would get a few days there to acclimatise.

The Indian archers bagged three gold, one silver and four bronze medals at the Commonwealth Games in recurve and compound sections.

However, the compound section will not feature in the Asian Games.

India will field the same Commonwealth Games squad in Guangzhou with Mangal Singh Champia and Rimil Biruly being additions as the fourth members.

RE: Asian Games 2010 News and Updates - nairrk - 10-30-2010

Asian Games flame visits Zhaoqing
2010-10-30 01:07:55

Zhaoqing, October 29 - Zhaoqing, famous for the Duan Inkstone, became the 14th city in Guangdong Province to welcome the flame of the 2010 Asian Games on Friday (October 29). Eighty torchbearers took party in the relay.

Canoe/kayak athlete Liu Haitao, a 28-year-old veteran with four Asiad gold medals, is the first torchbearer to carry "The Tide".

The 79th torchbearer Chen Yiliang (right) and the 80th torchbearer Jia Dongliang

Local students cheer the Asian Games flame.

The Torch Relay will continue in Yunfu on Saturday.

(Wang Lei)

RE: Asian Games 2010 News and Updates - Mr.Bhat - 10-30-2010

India to send 609 athletes for Asian Games

Indian Olympic Association on Saturday said that as many as 609 athletes, including 249 women, will represent the country in 35 different disciplines in the 16th Asian Games to be held in Guangzhou, China, from November 12 to 28.

It will be India's largest ever contingent to take part in the Games.

"We are delighted with the progress made by Indians in a number of Olympic sport in the past few years and are confident that our athletes will do well in the Asian Games as well to sustain the national sports fans' interest," said IOA president Suresh Kalmadi.

India to send 609 athletes for Asian Games

"Our contingent will draw confidence from India's wonderful showing in the recently concluded Commonwealth Games where our athletes won a record 101 medals including 38 gold.

They are aware of the different challenges presented in the Asian Games and are geared up to deliver their best efforts," he said.

The Indian contingent will include 127 coaches, 44 managers, eight doctors, seven physiotherapists, six masseurs, nine technical officials, 12 contingent officials, six government observers (athletics, cycling, kabaddi, rowing, shooting and wrestling), five nominees of the Sports Authority of India and 10 other officials.

In the 2006 Asian Games in Doha, India sent 432 athletes to compete in 31 disciplines and finished with a total of 53 medals including 10 gold, 17 silver and 26 bronze.

RE: Asian Games 2010 News and Updates - nairrk - 11-01-2010

Aoti Tennis Centre well on track to welcome tennis players

Guangzhou, October 26 - Aoti Tennis Centre, one of the four newly-built provincial competition venues for the upcoming Guangzhou Asian Games, underwent an integrated test and trial run for the second time on Monday.

The test integrated varied aspects like the information system, scoring, victory ceremonies, venue layout and arrangement, contingency plans to respond to power outages and rainy weather so as to ensure a smooth operation for the Guangzhou Asian Games.

Aoti Tennis Centre

Wan Jianbin, Competition Director of Aoti Tennis Centre, said: "Aoti Tennis Centre will host the Asian Games competitions for 11 days; a total of 7 gold medals are up for grabs here during Games-time and they are for Men's Team, Women's Team, Men's Singles, Women's Singles, Men's Doubles, Women's Doubles, Mixed Doubles.

"Famous Chinese tennis players Li Na, Peng Shuai, Yan Zi and Sun Shengnan have been confirmed to compete at the November 12 - 27 Games."

Aoti Tennis Centre with 13 outdoor tennis courts can seat 9,534 spectators in its main competition stadium and accommodate 1,845 in a subsidiary hall.

RE: Asian Games 2010 News and Updates - nairrk - 11-01-2010

Asian Games Torch Realy held in Maoming

2010-11-01 00:49:19

The 16th Asian Games Torch Relay reached Maoming on Sunday (October 31). Maoming, where petroleum exploration and exploitation started in 1954, is known as the Oil City of South China.

No. 1 torchbearer Wu Jun, a National Games diving champion

The last and 80th torchbearer Liang Yixian

The first torchbearer was Wu Jun, a National Games diving champion.

After a 7.5km relay, No. 80 torchbearer Liang Yixian lit the cauldron with the Mayor of Maoming.

The next stop of "The Tide" will be Zhanjiang on Monday. The Asian Games flame will return to Guangzhou on November 5.

RE: Asian Games 2010 News and Updates - nairrk - 11-02-2010

Afghan declares cricket squad for Asian Games

Kabul, Nov 2 (PTI) Afghanistan today announced a 14-member cricket squad for the upcoming Asian Games to be held in Guangzhou, China.

The team which lost its last three-match ODI series against Kenya in October will witness a change of guard as Mohammad Nabi takes over the captaincy in place of Nawrooz Mangal.

Rookie batsman Mohammad Sami, who shot to prominence after hitting two unbeaten centuries during the recently concluded provincial T-20, has been included in the side, the Afghanistan Cricket Board said in a statement.

The coach of Afghanistan cricket team, Rashid Latif, is optimistic that his team will do well at the Games.

The former Pakistan cricket captain has said the team has the potential to do well.

RE: Asian Games 2010 News and Updates - nairrk - 11-02-2010

The opening Ceremony of Technical Official's Village held in Asian Games Town on November 1st.

Some Pictures:

The press room


RE: Asian Games 2010 News and Updates - nairrk - 11-02-2010

Gagan to carry India's flag in Asian Games

New Delhi, Nov 2 (PTI) Ace shooter Gagan Narang, who won four gold medals at last month's Commonwealth Games, will be India's flag-bearer at the opening ceremony of the 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou, China on November 12.

It was announced by Indian Olympic Association president Suresh Kalmadi here today.

"We chose Gagan not only because he emerged India's best athlete in the Commonwealth Games with four gold medals but also because he has been one of the most consistent performers for India in the past few years," Kalmadi said of the 27-year-old rifle shooter, who first shot into limelight in the Afro-Asian Games in Hyderabad.

"Gagan won four gold medals in the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne. In 2008, he won the 10m air rifle gold in the World Cup finals and earlier this year, claimed bronze in the World championship

RE: Asian Games 2010 News and Updates - nairrk - 11-03-2010

Guangfo Metro to entertain passengers

Guangdong Guangfo Inter-City Co., Ltd held a press conference on Oct. 26 and formally declared that first section of Guangfo Metro (from Kuiqi Lu to Xilang) will start entertaining passengers at 2pm on Nov. 3. A single fare will be six yuan. Considering that free-ride period covers the date, it is expected that the line will serve for 300,000 person-times on the first day. The Metro operator has already prepared countermeasures for the high number of passengers.

Guangfo Metro

According to Cai Bo, Spokesperson of Guangdong Guangfo Inter-City Co., Ltd, Guangfo Metro line, totally built underground, extends 21 kilometres from Kuiqi Lu to Xilang. There are altogether 14 stops, among which 11 will be in Foshan and 3 in the Guangzhou downtown area. Xilang will be the transfer stop for Guangfo Metro and Guangzhou Metro Line 1. In the initial period, trains will run from 6:00 to 23:15 with an interval of eight minutes. First and last trains from Kuiqi Lu will start at 6:00 and 22:40 respectively, while that from Xilang at 6:10 and 23:15.

Cai Bo has indicated that 10 trains will be put into use in the initial period and the interval will be 8.5 minutes. It is reported that LED display screens have already been set at entrances and exits of four stops including Xilang. Thus passengers can easily notice the train information and waiting time from the road. "They are absent from other Metro lines, and Guangfo Metro takes the lead. Its other 14 stops will also be equipped with such screens." Cai Bo said.