Asian Games Incheon 2014: All you need to know

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Asian Games Incheon 2014: All you need to know
The 17th edition of Asian Games will be declared open in the South Korean city of Incheon on September 19. The multi-sport Games will see the best of Asian athletes in action. The Games will be on view for 16 days before the curtains come down at the Incheon Asiad Main Stadium on October 4. The last edition of Asian Games was in Guangzhou (China) in 2010.

Here are the things you need to know about the 17th Asian Games.

  • Official name: 17th Asian Games Incheon 2014
  • Slogan: Diversity shines here
  • Venues: In and around Incheon metropolitan city
  • Main stadium: Incheon Asiad Main Stadium
  • Official Twitter handle: @incheonAG2014en
  • Opening and Closing Ceremonies at Incheon Asiad Main Stadium
  • Samsung MVP Award (Samsung Asian Games Most Valuable Player Award): The Samsung MVP Award, an official Games programme sponsored by Samsung, honours the athlete who has achieved outstanding accomplishments during the Asian Games
  • Tissot is the official timekeeper
  • 1st time Incheon city is hosting the Asian Games
  • 3rd time South Korea is hosting the Games. Previous hosts - Seoul (1986) and Busan (2002)
  • 17th edition of Asian Games
  • 16 days of Games (September 19 to October 4, 2014)
  • 15 competition days. However, football events start on September 14 before official inauguration of the Games
  • 24 hours open - Athletes Village's cafeteria
  • 36 sports - Aquatics, Archery, Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Boxing, Canoe & Kayak, Cycling, Equestrian, Fencing, Football, Golf, Gymnastics, Handball, Hockey, Judo, Modern Pentathlon, Rowing, Rugby, Sailing, Shooting, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Tennis, Triathlon, Volleyball, Weightlifting, Wrestling, Baseball, Bowling, Cricket, Kabaddi, Karate, Sepaktakraw, Squash, Wushu
  • 45 Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) members to participate
  • 46 gold medals to be won on October 1, the most yellow metals on offer on a single day
  • 49 competition venues
  • 53 gold medals on offer in Aquatics, the most among all sports
  • 439 gold medals to be won
  • 516 athletes from India to participate
  • 548 food items to be served in Athletes Village
  • 679 members (516 athletes, 163 coaches and support staff) Indian contingent for the Games
  • 1951 - The first time Asian Games were held, in New Delhi
  • 2,900 rooms in Media Village (2,000 for broadcasters and 900 for press)
  • 3,500 people can dine at the buffet-style dinning hall of the Athletes Village
  • 7,000 media members expected to arrive in Incheon to cover the Games
  • 13,000 athletes expected
  • 14,500 athletes officials to be housed in Athletes Village
  • 2,200 units in 22 new apartment buildings in three blocks at Athletes Village
  • 30,000 (approximately) staff
  • 61,074 spectator seats at Incheon Asiad Main Stadium

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