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The Olympic Council of Asia (OCA), formed in 1982, is the apex sporting body which controls all the sports in Asia.

Sheikh AhmadThe OCA was officially established on the 16th November 1982 in New Delhi, during the first General Assembly. At this time there were 34 member NOCs, these are referred to as founder members.

Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah was appointed President in 1991 and its permanent headquarters are based in Kuwait.

OCA is one of the five continental associations recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), currently with 45 member National Olympic Committees (NOCs). Recognised by the IOC in 1911, Japan and Philippines are the oldest of the NOC’s meanwhile East Timor is the newest, joining in 2003.


The main objective of the OCA is to develop sport, culture and education of Asian youth as well as to promote international respect, friendship, goodwill & peace through sports. The General Assembly is the final authority which determines all matters concerning the OCA. It also holds specific power to enforce the fundamental principles, objectives, rules, regulations and bye laws which are laid down the OCA Constitution.


The voting and power lies with the NOCs of Asia which are affiliated to the OCA who have one vote each, these are normally represented by up to three delegates. Others may attend but they will not have voting powers, these include the President or secretary general of the General Association of Asian Sports Federations, one representative of the international sports federations who may be from Asia and Asian sports federations seeking recognition.

Husain Al Musallam, the technical director of OCAThe administration is conducted by the director general, who is appointed by the President of the OCA. The director general is responsible for the day to day administration and financial affairs of the OCA HQ and appointment of its staff.

The current director general is Husain Al Musallam who is also the technical director of OCA.


Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) in its continued efforts to promote noble sports and Olympic principles in Asia started a project in collaboration with Olympic Solidarity and Daimler Chrysler at the beginning of 2001, called “Olympasia”. This creates the opportunity for all to participate in sports as the project provides funding for the building and development of sporting facilities.

More than 28 NOCs have completed 43 projects by 2013.

2014 Games in Asia

2014 Incheon Asian Games

2014 Incheon Asian GamesThe Asian Games is the largest sporting event in Asia governed by the OCA. Since first launching in at New Delhi, India in 1951, which saw 11 nations compete, the Games have been played every three years across Asia’s largest cities and is now on the 17th edition.

This year’s Games, which is due to take place next year between September 19 and October 4 in the South Korean city of Incheon, is expected to feature nearly 10,000 athletes from 45 countries competing in 437 events across 36 sports. “Diversity Shines Here” is the official slogan of the Games and the Games’ mascots, three seals known as “Barame”, “Chumuro” and “Vichuon”, which means wind, dance and light, are expected to feature prominently in the promotion of the Games over the next 18 months.

2014 Incheon Asian Games news

4th Asian Beach Games

2014 Phuket Asian Beach Games

The 4th Asian Beach Games are due to take place Phuket, in the south west of Thailand in November 2014. The two main venues for the Games will be Patong Beach and Karon Beach.

Organisers have proposed November 14–23, 2014 however, ccompetition dates are yet to be confirmed along with the 19 sports. The slogan for this year’s Asian Beach Games is “Celebrate Charming Sunshine”.

2014 Phuket Asian Beach Games news


Chinese Olympic Committee President holds historic talks with Chinese Taipei officials in Nanjing

Sunday, 24 August 2014
By Paul Osborne at the Main Media Centre in Nanjing 

President of the Chinese Olympic Committee Liu Peng has met with officials from the Chinese Taipei Olympic Committee ©Getty ImagesLiu Peng, President of the Chinese Olympic Committee (COC), has met with Lin Hong-Dow, his counterpart at the Chinese Taipei Olympic Committee (CTOC), and other sports officials from Taiwan during the Summer Youth Olympic Games here.

Relations between China and Taiwan, as it is known internationally, have been characterised by limited contact, tensions, and instability.

But since 2008 there has been an effort to normalise relations between the two, with the start of increasing economic relations.

Only yesterday, there was the first successful crossing of the 110-mile Taiwan Straits strip between the two that connects the East and South China Sea by swimmers from China and Taiwan,

Before briefing the guests about the Youth Olympics, Peng welcomed the Chinese Taipei Youth Sports delegation to the Games and wished them success, not only in athletic performance but also in making friends with other young people from the rest of the world.

Lin Hong-Dow expressed his thanks to both the COC and Nanjing 2014 for their support and assistance in helping facilitate Chinese Taipei's participation in the Games.

The two sports leaders also exchanged views on how to strengthen cross-Straits sports exchanges and cooperation, along with other issues of concern.

Taiwan has brought 47 athletes to the Youth Olympic Games and are competing in 15 sports and one demonstration event.

The nation has currently won seven medals, including three gold.

The majority of their medals have come in taekwondo where Yu-Jen Huang and Huai-Hsuan Huang have won a gold medal apiece, to match a silver and bronze earned by Chen-Yu Wan and Zih-Ting Chne respectively.

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