Asian Martial Arts Games
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release from the press conference by OCA.
Media Release 9th August 2009
OCA announces the next Asian Martial Arts Games
part of Indoor Games 2013
The curtain of the 1st Asian Martial Arts
Games was drawn today with great success, with the host
country - Thailand - achieving a milestone by heading
At a press conference yesterday evening, the
Olympic Council of Asia (OCA)
expressed their satisfaction and gratitude to the
organizers, athletes and all involved.
There are a total of 32 countries taking home medals in
the Games. Its very pleasing to see the first time some
countries receiving gold medals, for first time
including Bhutan and Brunei Darussalam. Martial Arts are
our heritage in Asia, not only the sports but also in
some cases from a spiritual perspective. Thailand
deserved its victory, said Timothy Tsun Ting Fok acting
on behalf of the OCA President Sheikh Ahmed Al Fahad Al
Permanent Secretary for Tourism and Sports, Dr.Sasithara
Pichaichannarong, on behalf of the Thai government,
expressed appreciation and gratitude to OCA.
We would like to thank the OCA for giving us an
opportunity to organize this event. As the tournament
was postponed twice, our work was very tough. However,
these difficulties turned out to be a challenge to
organise this event. We also have to thank all people
for their collaboration, including all those behind the
scenes, said Dr. Sasithara.
Maj Gen Charouck Arirachakaran, Chairman of the
Secretariat of the 1st Asian Martial Arts
Games 2009 was impressed by the success of Thailand.
We would like to thank all for their cooperation and
believe that our motto The Games of Spirit, the
Land of Smiles came true. It will be such a
good memory in my life, especially about Thais
success, said Charouck.
You will see that almost all Martial Arts sports
originated in Asia. But it is not only the sport, but
also is our culture. We have to thank Thailand for
organising this Martial Arts Games. In the future the
Asian Martial Arts Games will be combined with the 2013
Asian Indoor Games since there are six sports similar to
each other. Three countries, namely Bahrain, Qatar and
Turkmenistan, are bidding for hosting the Games, said
Husain Al-Mussallam, Director General and Technical
Director of OCA,
As for various protests, Kanokphand Chulakasem, Chairman
of the Sports Technical Committee, confirmed that all
issues were resolved satisfactorily.
The protests from a few countries were brought for
consideration to the technical committee and the
problems were solved effectively. Every effort we have
made in the Games was effective. We would like to thank
all people for their understanding and respect for the
rules and regulations of the Martial Arts sports, he
Chairman of OCA Medical Committee, Mr M. Jegathasen, was
also satisfied with the doping control results and the
immediate response of the hosts medical team to all
In summary from the network of medical stations, there
has been no doping issue. There were 300 medical
encounters, seven hospital admissions and six of seven
have recovered. The team manager from Singapore thanked
Thailands fast response when two of his athletes were
suspected with H1N1. As for the anti-doping program,
there were a total of 187 tests and all thus far (122)
have been negative, he said.
Despite some initial hiccups, the 1st and
last Asian Martial Arts Games has been hailed a success with 40
countries participating and a total of 1,500 athletes and officials.
About 800 members of Thai and international media have also joined the
Maj Gen Charouck Arirachakaran, Vice President and Secretary General of
the National Olympic Council of Thailand (NCOT), said Fortunately we
have daily live coverage from the Games as it has been difficult to
attract many Thai spectators to join the event. Even though in most
cases the sports are known, it is difficult for most to understand the
rules as decisions are made by the rules and by the eyes of the
Being unique in the sports are not all mainstreams, we attracted both
European and Asian referees, who are specialists in their field, but it
has to be remembered that the rules are not completely understood by
many and this causes confusion, Major General Charouck added.
We also have to acknowledge that, due to unforeseen circumstances, we
had to delay the event on two occasions and that brings with it, its own
issues. Fortunately our team has experience with major sporting events,
so we have been able to succeed.
It is not easy to run a first and unique event, Major General
He also enlightened that jujitsu received great popularity in Thailand
30 years ago.
Actually, Jujitsu is not new to our country at all. The sport
was really popular in Thailand 30 years ago. However, judo, which came
after the sport, received more support and promotion from several sides.
As the host country we had no Kurash or Jujitsu competitors which are a
must for the host, so thanks to government support we were able to bring
in trainers from overseas. For Jujitsu we brought in a trainer from
Japan and overall have done quite well considering these are relatively
new sports for Thai athletes.
Maj Gen Charouck added that Thailand had soared beyond the initial
expectation of winning 10 Gold Medals. And Thai athletes had won 18 Gold
As we continue to promote Thailand as a tourist haven and a must see
destination the contribution to the Thai economy from this number of
people associated with the Games is enormous as well as the spin off
benefit in telling others internationally of the hospitality offered by
Thai people, he added.
Known as the 1st and
the last Martial Arts Games, the event will be part of the Indoor Games,
which in the future will be held every four years, the next being in
2013, he said.
The 1st Asian
Martial Arts Games
will be mingled with the Asian Indoor Games, which will be hosted
by Qatar in the next four years. The big tournament will be present in
each year calendar of Thai athletes as a result. Our young generation
will have more chances to sharpen their skills in the international
tournaments. Besides, this might bring back the sporting spirits of Thai
athletes, which we havent seen for long time, he said.
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