Guangzhou to leave "rich legacies"

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The 16th Asian Games will leave "rich legacies" for residents across the city of Guangzhou, according to a senior figure from the event's organising committee.

With just under 100 days to go until the Games begin on 12 November 2010, the organising committee held a televised event from the newly–renovated Tianhe Gymnasium entitled 'Dream About This Moment' in early August 2010. Xu Ruisheng, executive deputy secretary general of the Games' organising committee (GAGOC) and vice–mayor of Guangzhou, took the opportunity to thank citizens of the Chinese city for their support and involvement in the preparations to date, and promised the event would "prove to be a highly engaging sport and cultural gala". More pertinently, Ruisheng said that: "The 16th Asian Games will leave rich legacies and benefit local residents" thanks to the substantial amount invested in building venues for the Games, including the state–of–the–art Asian Games Gymnasium. The $118m venue is one of the focal points of the Games and comprises stadia for gymnasium, billiard sports and squash facilities as well as an exhibition hall featuring the history of the competition in Guangzhou. The Gymnasium is located in Asian Games Town, which will provide a residential area for more than 35, 000 people after the Games. The 2010 Asian Games will run from November 12–27 with more than 14, 000 athletes, trainers and coaches from 45 countries expected to compete. A total of 476 events in 42 sports will be contested by athletes, making it the largest event in history of the Games. It will also be the last one to have presented such big events, as the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) have enforced new hosting rules for future games, beginning with the 2014 Games. Guangzhou was awarded the right on 1 July 2004, as the sole bidding city. This came after the withdrawal of several cities, from Amman, Kuala Lumpur and Seoul. The games will also be co–hosted by Dongguan, Foshan and Shanwei, the three neighbouring cities.

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