Compared to the 19th Summer Asian Games, which ended on the 8th in Hangzhou, China, the size of the 20th Asian Games co-hosted by Aichi Prefecture and Nagoya City in Japan in 2026 is expected to be significantly reduced.
According to Inside the Games, an online media outlet that specializes in covering international sports competitions such as the Olympics, Yasuhiro Nakamori, acting secretary-general of the 2026 Aichi and Nagoya Asian Games Organizing Committee, said, “We will not build an athlete’s village to stay during the tournament, but will use the existing hotel.”
Due to soaring costs and tight time issues, the Aichi and Nagoya organizers gave up the construction of the athletes’ 경마사이트
Originally, the Hangzhou Asian Games were supposed to be held in 2022, but it was held this year, which was delayed a year due to the spread of COVID-19 in China.
The Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) decided to hold the next Aichi and Nagoya competitions in 2026, not four years later, and return to the original cycle of holding them every four years in an even-numbered year.
For the organizing committee of the Aichi and Nagoya competitions, the preparation period is one year less than in previous years. Finding sponsoring companies is also about to begin in earnest.
The organizing committee of the Aichi and Nagoya competitions also decided to rethink the budget from the ground up as the originally expected budget for the new athletes’ village (US$224 million, about KRW 269.9 billion) more than doubled, making it difficult to handle within the budget of the entire competition (1 trillion 339.1 trillion won).
If an apartment village-type athletes’ village built for the purpose of private sale is not built after the competition, various problems will arise.
Nakamori said, “We are in contact to use the hotel around the stadium as an athlete’s village,” and predicted, “However, meals and service provision are difficult.”
When the team stays at a hotel, individual safety measures such as security checks should also be established in detail.
The Aichi and Nagoya organizers explained that they plan to build only two new stadiums and use existing stadiums.
The facilities will be recycled at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in 2021, with swimming, diving, and horseback riding in Tokyo and cycling in Shizuoka Prefecture near Tokyo.
The distance from Nagoya to Tokyo is about 350km. The distance between Hangzhou, the capital of Zhejiang Province in China, where the Hangzhou Asian Games took place, and Wenzhou, where soccer and others took place, also reached 300km.
Chinese state media reported that the funds invested in the Hangzhou Asian Games amounted to 30 billion dollars, worth 40 trillion won. The team built 56 new stadiums and 30 training sites, which went beyond the scale of the Asian Games, to play as if it were the Olympics.