Holding the 2011 Winter Asian Games is a matter of Honour     

One of the main important directions of Kazakhstan sport for the nearest two years will be preparation for the 2011 Asian Games in the cities of Astana and Almaty. Appropriate readiness as well as representation of own country at the Games is top goal for organizers, sports officials, coaches and sportsmen.

The organizational preparatory works for this great sport event has started 3 years ago with the signing of contract between Kazakhstan and Olympic Council of Asia. Even now nobody doubts that Games will be on highly organized level. And in a witness of which is words of President of Asian Olympic committee Sheikh Ahmad Fahad Al-Sabah, who said that he trusts Kazakhstan as organizer Winter Asian Games. He trusts leader of this country, President Nursultan Nazarbayev, who actively supports sport.

President of International Olympic Committee Jacques Rogge stressed the fact that VII Asian Games will provide a unique chance for this Central Asian country be the winner of nomination for conducting Winter Olympic Games in the future.

Most important that Asian Games in Kazakhstan is no longer sport competitions only, but social-political event as well.

Six hundred days before start. Preliminary prognosis say that this grand sport project will get gathered together more than 25 countries of Asia. About two thousand sportsmen will compete for medals in the eleven types of sport. There is a plan to place 163 awards packages among 69 disciplines.

Especially notable fact is that Games will be conducted in two main cities of the country. Each city is realizing high level efforts in preparation. For this there are many construction of world standards sport complexes being in progress. In Almaty and its region Skiing-Biathlon stadium and International Skiing complex are being constructed. Also there is a reconstruction of highland skating-rink Medeo, ski resort Shymbulak and Central Sport Palace. Astana is creating covered soccer stadium, skating stadium as well as Sport Palace “Kazakhstan”, where men ice-hockey tournament will take place. Besides, plans include construction of additional new skating-rink for figure skaters and reconstruction of current sports base.

Sport element is only part of the Games. The list of additional events is being finalized currently. As during Games there will be a number of tourist visiting country as well as sportsmen and VIPs.

There are some ideas to hold ice and snow sculptures festival in the scale of Harbin and Novosibisrk festivals during Asian Winter Games days as well as to conduct documentary and feature film festivals about sport, sport photo exhibition, «Asian style» fashion week, music festival, which could embrace performances of best masters of music art. The key idea is to repeat the festival «Millennium around Astana», which was the core event of the celebration of the capital’s anniversary. The aim of this project is to introduce our culture, national sport games and traditions, cousin. Besides, there is a proposal to hold a large scale international sports wear and equipment fair in one of new exhibition centers.

The first arrangement in this direction became a presentation of our Games in the framework of festival concert, which was held during the opening the new office of the Olympic Council of Asia in Kuwait in March 2009. The whole cultural program of our delegation stressed that we do not hide our ambitions to hold the best ceremony of Asian Games opening. We not only open Kazakhstan to the entire world, share our achievements, but also ready to introduce the experience of other countries. Such interchange will let not only to join the ranks of continental sport powers, but also will let to become bearers of new cultural values in the palette of diverse Asia.

It is important to note that the main peculiarity of 2011 Asian Games is the inaugural holding the Olympic Torch Rally in the history of Asian Winter Games. Due to the various reasons this ritual was absent in Asian Winter Games. The Olympic Torch Rally in the threshold of Asian Summer Games became normal. As a rule lit in Kuwait Asian Games fire traveled on the entire Asian continent. We claim the honour and right for giving the rise to a new tradition. The idea is to lit the fire in Kuwait, where is situated headquarter of OCA. On the night of December 31 to January 1, 2011, the Asian Games fire will be lit in Kuwait city and on January 2 it will travel to Chanchun, China, - the capital of the 6th Asian Winter Games. On the January 3, the Olympic Torch will be delivered to Almaty. After ceremonial reception of the torch rally will be hold on the streets of south capital and travel to regions of the country. During 27 days the Olympic Torch will travel all over Kazakhstan and come in to Astana at the moment of opening ceremony of the Asian Games.

Solemn opening ceremony of the Asian Winter Games will be hold at the football stadium.

Today all speak about Astana as a center, where hold major political, economical, cultural, religious forums that have a universal importance. But few know that Astana is also turning into new sport center of Asian continent.  Every year new ultramodern sport facilities put into operation. And if we manage to execute the planned today then in the nearest 10-15 years Astana will be ready to hold Asian Summer Games or World Student Games. We are confident that some day Astana will host summer Olympic Games, and our generation will remember that everything started from 2011 Asian Winter Games.


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