The 4th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games Incheon 2013 (AIMAG) has officially closed on Saturday, July 6.
This fourth edition of the Games, and the first to combine the Asian Indoor Games and the Asian Martial Arts Games, saw the participation of 1,750 athletes from 44 countries all over Asia, in a competition in 12 sports over the past eight days.
Meet some of images from the closing day at the closing ceremony!
At the ceremony, there was a segment called “8 Special Days”. It focused on a specific athlete, Bayarsaikhan Narantuya, an 18-year-old Billiards player from Mongolia who participated in her first international competition at the 2013 AIMAG. She didn’t win the gold or any medals, but her dream just has started through participating this events, and we all hoped she would never give up chasing her dreams, and make it come true some day!
Mr. Wei Jizhong, the honorary vice president of Olympic Council of Asia, said that through this test event he became certain that the Asian Games next year will be the best ever Asian Games in history. He especially appreciated all the volunteers who had done the most crucial roles for this event.
The following was the celebration stages by Korean popular bands.
He’s definitely the one who did enjoy the day.
The 2013 AIMAG was held as a test event for the 2014 Incheon Asian Games Organizing Committee, as an opportunity to test the facilities, competition operations, and management know-how for the Asian Games next year. On July 18, the OC will hold an official evaluation meeting and review the problems occurred during AIMAG and discuss how to prepare 2014 Asian Games more fluently, and successfully.
We truly thank for the fans who’ve supported us throughout the event from wherever you are, and all the participants who showed us the best games, their fair playing and the enjoyment! Thank you so much! This memory will never be gone. LOVE SPORTS!
On the opening day of 2013 Asian Indoor & Martial Arts Games, we, the blog reporters visited the huge waiting room for the athletes who were waiting for their turn to have an entrance parade. On a nice sunny day, they welcomed us very warmly like a friend.
An athlete from Oman said he loves staying in Incheon. He joked that the only one little problem he can think of is there’s no casino in Incheon.(laughed)
The athletes made a pose for us to take a picture. It felt like this is an event for competition but is also a festival, that diverse people with different nationality gather in one place and mingle.
Korea’s national team made an entrance.
Mostly the athletes wore their traditional clothes that this entering can also be a chance to show out their countries and their beautiful traditions.
As its slogan “Diversity Shines Here”, it was also easy to see the athletes following their religious rules. As living in Korea, it’s not that common to see people do some religious activities in public.
Ebrahim Hussien Ali from Yemen is participating in short course swimming 25m. He was a very confident man. He also said he really liked the people, the weather in Korea.
We as a Korean who have lived in Korea the whole life, thought the weather on that day was super hot that the athletes who had to wait outside must be very hot. But most of them from Asian countries, always said they like the weather of Korea! This much humidity or the sun was cool enough for them!
Just before the entrance parade, we didn’t have much time to meet more, but thanks to their hospitality, we could have another unexpected great memory – because we were their just to cover the opening ceremony!
Tomorrow’s already the closing day of 2013 AIMAG. A test event, the AIMAG had much less participants, events compared to the next year’s AG, but the passionate people, the enthusiasm toward their sports, and the heart of enjoying will leave us a great happiness, memories and a little bit of sadness to say goodbye.
We’ll be back with a post about closing ceremony and, looking back through the AIMAG. Go till the last moment, athletes!
The 4th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games Incheon 2013 started its 8 days of journey on Saturday, June 29!
Here I brought the pictures taken throughout the day of opening, from torch lighting to the opening ceremony. This post will take you to “yesterday”, June 30, the opening day of 2013 AIMAG. Let’s begin!
At 10am, Torch lighting and Official Event at Gwanghwa Mt. Mani started with a ritual for the worship of the heavenly gods wishing the best performance of the event.
7 Taoist fairy continued the ceremony.
The torch went down from the mountain and started its relay route.
- Torch Relay route:
|Section Ⅰ||Section Ⅱ||Section Ⅲ||Section Ⅳ||Section Ⅴ||Section Ⅵ||Total|
|Name||Open Sky Road||Thousand Years Promise
|Success Wishing Road|
|Location||Gwanghwa Mt. Mani||Gyeong-In Ara Water Way||Gyesan 3 way intersection
Torch bearer passing the torch to the next runner.
Sub bearers run together with the bearer to support and in case he/she has any problem.
The citizens of Incheon supporting the torch relay.
Each route had its own groups of amusements.
Some of Incheon youth supporters came out to support their national team.
Mr. Jo Sang-hyeop, a disabled swimmer relayed the torch and ran on the wheel chair.
These both are the national chess players. 13 years old Ms. Kim Yu-bin(on the right) is the youngest athlete of all in 2013 AIMAG . ㅇㅇ
Mayor Song Young-gil of Incheon Metropolitan City is giving over his torch to the next runner, the Secretary General of IAGOC, Kwon Gyung-sang.
Finally the last bearer, a goodwill ambassador and the national billiard player Cha Yu-ram lighted the AIMAG flame.
Totally 40 bearers and 80 sub bearers completed the torch relay and lighted the AIMAG flame which will go on for 8 days. The last bearer arrived in the Samsan World Gymnasium where the opening ceremony was being held, and the whole audience, participants including the athletes celebrated the lighting and wished the successful hosting and the best performance of all the athletes during 2013 Asian Indoor&Martial Arts Games. ●
Here we go on for the opening ceremony.
From 18:30 at Incheon Samsan World Gymnasiun, the opening ceremony was held under the theme “Let’s dream together!” for about 2 hours. The openness and the multicultural aspects of the city of Incheon and the diversity of the participants in the AIMAG was mainly focused.
Cultural Performances amused the audience. At the “White clothes performance”, citizens of Incheon had a big role.
One of the most important event can be said, the Athletes’ Parade.
2,400 of athletes from 44 nations had a parade receiving applause of welcoming from the audience, mostly the citizens of Incheon.
The OCA Flag was raised. And the opening was declared by the Prime Minister of Korea, Jeong Hong-won.
To celebrate the opening of 2013 AIMAG, popular k-pop girls’ band Secret and boys group Ulala Session had a stage!
Then the opening ceremony was ended.
Today’s already the 2nd day, and turning into the 3rd day out of 8 days. The best performance by the participating athletes, and the best organizing and management by the officials, staffs, are possible only with our support. For the last 5 days, don’t forget to keep an eye on here!
2013 AIMAG is a pre-event of the Asian Games in next year, but Incheon is heated up! What kinds of stories will there be more? I can’t wait tomorrow!
The Opening day of 2013 AIMAG is just about to come!
And the Organizing Committee is having the busiest time these days.
During last weekend 2 of overall rehearsals held last Friday and Saturday (June 14 and 15) and more several training session for the staffs and volunteers of each part.
The one on Friday can be said that it is the most important part during the event, the Athletes’ Village(AV) operation! The whole moving line of the athletes and procedure from the airport arrival, check-in to the AV etc was checked with 30 of virtual athletes and about 300 operation staffs and volunteers from each of related department.
The rehearsal went with some potential incidents made to practice how to respond those unexpected situations such as: a, a staff suddenly complains of an unknown pain (stomachache)
b,an athlete arrives in the AV but he is not registered – if his identity is proved, he can have a temporary registration card at first
Security clearance is asked at the AV-entrance.
The rehearsasl went for 3 hours and after the rehearsal, the evaluation team had a time for review and discussed how to improve the preparedness of the AV to welcome and accommodate the participating athletes at the AIMAG.
On the next day, another overall rehearsal for the victory ceremony operation and the on-site training session for the ceremony guides was held.
The victory ceremony guides wore the real uniforms. Aren’t they beautiful?
As a centerpiece of the uniforms, it was even more beautiful to see the actual ceremony guides wearing it. With an overlapping of Korean traditional clothes Hanbok and traditional paper Hanji, it shows graceful traditional Korean beauty.
More than 20 times of the operation rehearsal and the training for the staffs and volunteers are left until the closing day of 2013 AIMAG. Some of final rehearsal are planned to be held even after the opening, during the games. The last gearing up for the successful hosting and for the best service is just going on!
As a test event of the 17th Asian Games in 2014, the 4th Asian Indoor & Martial Art Games is held from June 29 to July 6, 2013 in Incheon, Korea.