The opening and closing ceremonies and principle sporting events will take place at the 50,seating capacity Khalifa Stadium in the heart of hectacre Sports City, which is located approximately 8 km from the Asian Games Village. Al-Khulaifi promised that security would be tight at the Games. We give paramount importance to security matters and I can assure that we have stringent security plans in place to ensure peaceful games. For the first time, chess and triathlon have been included in the Asian Games. Since the games are being held in the midst of the cricket season in this part of the world, tight schedule forced us to scrap the event. At the same time, the Asian Cricket Council promised to have under teams taking part in Doha.
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The 19th Asian Games Hangzhou Organising Committee
Doha was the first city in its region and only the second in West Asia following Tehran in to host the games. It was the first time that all 45 member nations of the Olympic Council of Asia took part in this event. Also, Eurosport broadcast the event, marking the first time that the European continent could watch this Asian sporting event. The opening and closing ceremonies of the Games were held at Khalifa International Stadium. Trampoline discipline of gymnastics, and the sports of chess and triathlon made their debut at the event. The final medal tally was led by China followed by South Korea and Japan with host Qatar at ninth place. The voting involved the 41 members of the Olympic Council of Asia and consisted of three rounds, each round eliminating one of the bidding cities.
Doha 2006 Asian Games
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Not since the 7 th Asiad in Tehran, has the Asiad visited West Asia, and Doha will be in the spotlight as both an ambassador for Asian sport, and for the Gulf Cooperation Council GCC region when it hosts competitors, officials, and media from 45 counties in December. Athletes from Maldives to Myanmar and Tajikistan to Thailand will compete in 39 different sports featuring events, with chess and triathlon making their debuts as official Asian Games sports. Non-Olympic sports such as Kabaddi, Sepak Takraw and Wushu are sure to give the event an exotic feel to western audiences as the Games receives full digital coverage for the first time with high-definition television coverage available for some of the major events. Concerns over the readiness of roads, sporting venues, accommodation, and transport have been raised and the usual heat and humidity of summer in Doha has seen slow progress on outdoor construction. While advancements have been made to the previously farcical road network and construction on many key buildings is yet to be completed officials have all pledged that the city will be ready to host the Games.