The Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) Media Committee met for the first time in the new OCA cycle under the chairmanship of Charles Lo, President of the Sports and Olympic Committee of Macau, China, yesterday afternoon.
Lo welcomed the committee members to the virtual meeting and explained the duties and responsibilities of the OCA Media Committee according to the OCA Constitution.
Qatar Olympic Committee’s Hamad al-Obaidly attended the meeting.
The members introduced themselves and outlined their background and experience in media matters in different parts of the continent.
“We have a busy two years ahead of us and will be welcoming thousands of media from around Asia and the world to our OCA events,” said Lo.
“In 2021 we will have the sixth Asian Beach Games in Sanya, China, in April, the sixth Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in Bangkok and Chonburi province in May and the third Asian Youth Games in Shantou, China, in November.
“These three events will lay the groundwork for our media services and operations at the 19th Asian Games in Hangzhou, China, in September 2022.”
The committee members received updates from OCA staff on press and broadcasting preparations for the upcoming games, IT developments, the revamped OCA website, social media activity, the Sporting Asia magazine and OCA website news content.
The OCA Social Media Community stands at 404,782 followers across all platforms with almost 3.5 million engagements. OCA videos have been viewed over 1.57 million times.
Media accreditation for the Sanya Asian Beach Games next April will open on October 1 and close on December 31.
Media Committee member Hiroshi Takeuchi from Japan stressed the importance of media accreditation being conducted through National Olympic Committees rather than individual media sending applications direct to the organising committee, and that an NOC Press Attache must have a special, recognised mark of identification in order to co-ordinate the athletes for the media.
Some 9,000 media, including broadcasting and press, are expected to attend Hangzhou 2022 based on previous Asian Games and early estimates by the organising committee.
“I would like to thank all members for your input and your enthusiasm in the media affairs of the OCA,” said Lo.
“Our aim is to provide the best environment for the media to work in a smooth and efficient way.”
The OCA was represented by Haider Farman, Director of the Asian Games department, on behalf of the OCA Director General, Husain al-Musallam. Farman said the importance of the media to connect the world had been in evidence particularly during the pandemic and that the OCA had been working hard to inform all sports stakeholders in Asia with news of developments and information in the past few months.
“The OCA is always ready to support the activities of the Media Committee,” he said.
Members from Chinese Taipei, Japan, Qatar, Maldives, Iran, Oman, Mongolia, Vietnam and India attended the meeting.
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