Written by Alexander Zammit
Friday, 29 October 2010 09:15
More than three million spectators are expected to attend the Games, which get under way in the Chinese “Flower City” of Guangzhou in 18 days’ time.
Governed by the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA), the Asian Games are the second largest sports event in the world after the Summer Olympic Games.
The remaining tickets allow access to more than 600 competitions in 42 disciplines.
They are available at all ICBC bank locations and on the official website of the Games.
China Mobile users can also purchase tickets via their mobile phone.
All tickets for the Opening and Closing ceremonies of the Games and Asian Para Games have been sold.
Women’s boxing will make its debut at these Asian Games ahead of its inclusion as an Olympic sport at London in 2012.
The Asian Games, and the Olympics, will have three categories in women's boxing — flyweight, lightweight and middleweight.
The Asian Games, the second-largest sports event in the world after the Summer Olympics, will be held in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou from November 12-27.
More than 14,000 athletes, trainers and coaches from 45 countries and regions will compete in 42 sports.
A number of other women’s sports are also due to make their debut in the Asian Games, including kabaddi, water polo, cricket, roller sports, dragon boat racing, weiqi and xiangqi.
“Le Yangyang” is name of the leader of the five Goats and the name which refers to all of the 16thAsian Games Mascots, each of them sporty and cute, and each serving as an Official Mascot. The Mascots embody a part of Guangzhou’s unique history and culture and each Goat has an individual name that is distinctly Cantonese in style: A Xiang[a: 'sj∧ŋ], A He[a: 'hə:], A Ru[a: 'ru:], A Yi[a: 'ji:] and Le Yangyang ['lə: j∧ŋj∧ŋ]. When you put their names together, Xiang He Ru Yi Le Yangyang– meaning Peace, Harmony and Great Happiness, with everything going as you wish – they fully express the people of Guangzhou’s hope that the 16thAsian Games bring peace, prosperity, success and happiness to the people of Asia and fulfill their, and our, Vision of a “Thrilling Games and Harmonious Asia”.
The designs of the Mascots are strongly inspired by a legend about the City ofGuangzhou: As the legend goes: A long time ago, the farm lands in Guangzhou ran dry, food could not be grown and the people experienced a famine. They could do nothing but pray to the heavens for luck. Moved by their piety, Five Immortals descended from the heavens, riding on goats with coats of different colors, each holding ears of rice in its mouth. The Immortals gave the rice ears to the people of Guangzhou and promised that the land would be “free from famine”. Afterwards, the Immortals disappeared into the sky. The Five Goats that were left behind turned into stone. From that time onwards, Guangzhou reaped a bumper harvest of grain every year and became the most prosperous city in the south of China. The Five Goats of this thousand-year-old legend have gone on become the most well-known symbol ofGuangzhou.