Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, President of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA), delivers a speech at the Closing Ceremony of the 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou on November 27, 2010.
H.E. State Councillor Mme. Liu Yandong,
My colleagues, from the OCA, NOC and the IOC
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Tonight, the 16th Asian Games, which has been a huge success, will come to an end.
Over these past 16 days we have seen many exciting moments together.
This edition of the Games has been, without a doubt, one of the most outstanding in the history of the event.
Very soon, the Guangzhou 2010 Asian Games will become a beautiful memory, to be shared and remembered fondly by us all. Guangzhou, the city of flowers, is now a city of sports and peace.
I would now like to thank the Chinese government, the Chinese people, and everyone from Asia and around the world for helping make this 16th Asia Games the best Asian Games ever.
10,000 athletes from 45 countries and regions in Asia have competed against each other in 53 first-class venues. These sportsmen and women are at the top of their sport and are fitting ambassadors of the Olympic Movement in Asia.
I would like to thank all our athletes, coaches, technical officials, team officials and other Games participants for showing us their amazing talent, their superb skills and their dedication to their sports.
Their sportsmanship and team spirit have inspired us all, and allowed us to believe that anything is possible. It is my deepest wish that you will take the spirit of the Asian Games, the ideals of fair play, tolerance and understanding, back to your homes and continue to spread these important messages.
I would like to pay tribute to over 60,000 volunteers. The Asian Games could not function without you, without your enthusiasm, your dedication and your friendly smile. From the bottom of my heart, I salute you and thank you on behalf of the Olympic Family in Asia.
I also thank the media. The Asian Games have grown into the second largest sports event in the world after the Olympic Games, and the media have played a vital part in this. Thank you for your interest, your tireless efforts to spread the news via television, radio, newspaper, magazine, Internet and other information channles. Your work has told the story of the 16th Asian Games to Asia and to the world, and we look forward to your continued support in the future.
The Asian Games is the biggest, most important international sports competition in Asia, and staging such a huge gathering requires determination, commitment and skill. For that I congratulate the people of Guangzhou on a job well done.
The 16th Asian Games is about to end tonight. And I call upon the youth and athletes of Asia to once again meet in Incheon, Korea, in 2014 and celebrate the 17th Asian Games!
Thank you very much!
Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, President of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA)