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16th Asian Games

The 16th Asian Games (, part of the worldwide Olympic movement and governed by the Olympic Council of Asia is pleased to report very significant progress with the National Olympic Committees that will be bringing more than 12,000 athletes to Guangzhou next year.

“Among the 45 member National Olympic Committees (NOCs) of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA), 43 have completed their sports entry procedures. Only Afghanistan and East Timor yet to submit their entry forms.On average, each NOC will compete in 24 sports and each sport will have participants from 23 NOCs. It is estimated that some 12,000 athletes will participate in the Guangzhou Asian Games, outnumbering all previous Asian Games,” said Mr. Li Naizhen, Executive Vice Director of Sports Department of the Guangzhou Asian Games Organizing Committee (GAGOC). 

According to Mr. Li, any member National Olympic Committee of the Olympic Council of Asia can register to compete in any sport of the Guangzhou 2010 Asian Games; there will be no qualifying matches and limitations on the number of participant teams.

The number of National Olympic Committees that will be participating in boxing, shooting, judo, weightlifting, and wrestling is nearly equal that of the Doha 2006 Asian Games.