40th ABU Sports Group Conference:Broadcasting and Sports – Partnership in Building Sports’ Future for Asia 2007-06-07  MAIGOC

  Following the presentations at the ABU General Assembly last year in Beijing and at the 70th AIPS Congress this May in Bregenz, the Macau 2nd Asia Indoor Games Organising Committee (MAIGOC) introduced to over 80 Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) members yesterday the preparations for the 2nd Asian Indoor Games to be held this October in Macao. MAIGOC has also setup a promotional booth at the reception area of the conference venue, the Bandos Island Hotel, for enquiries of the Games.

  The Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) and MAIGOC are working with the ABU in the distribution of the broadcasting rights of the 2nd Asian Indoor Games to broadcasters within Asia. At the moment, several broadcasters including those from Hong Kong, Sri Lanka, China, Thailand, Australia and India have expressed strong interests in acquiring the rights through the ABU. These potential broadcasters in the ABU pool, which will be finalized at the end of this month, will work with the organizers in the broadcasting promotion and television coverage of the 2nd Asian Indoor Games. Therefore, Eurosport, member of EBU, and Korean delegate also closely discuss above subjects.

  The 40th ABU Sports Group Conference held between 6 and 7 June in Maldives, convened by ABU Sports Group Chairman Les Murray, gathered members of the ABU Sport Group in discussions of diverse topics related to the broadcasting business in Sports, including also the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the Asian Football Cup. One of the main discussions is Asian broadcasters’ contributions to sports development in Asia. ABU encourages its members to work hand in hand with the Asian sport circle, to assemble the necessary resources for the development of Asia sport, thus providing more opportunities to Asia’s athletes and sports.

  MAIGOC Broadcasting Manager Cândida Ramos accompanied by Broadcasting Advisor of Macau 2ndAsian Indoor Games Michael Williams called for the support of the collaboration between sports media, broadcasters, and the sport circles to promote Asia sports, “These are the sports of Asia, it is the visions of the OCA that new emerging sports will be recognized, that our youth will be encouraged to participate in sports, and that our athletes are given opportunities and support. Through our efforts, all countries and regions in Asia will be stimulated to participate and given the opportunity to participate.”

  Through the organization of the Asian Games, the Asia Winter Games, the Asia Indoor Games and the Beach Games, an Asia sport event will be held every year to stimulate and promote the diverse sports of Asia. It was under this vision of the OCA that the Asian Indoor Games is created to provide opportunities to these new emerging sports and their athletes.

  Also presenting yesterday were representatives from Euro 2008, World Athlete Championships Osaka 2007, South East Asian (SEA) Games 2007, and the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). The ABU conference participants were received by Minister of Information and Arts of the Republic of Maldives Mohamed Nasheed in a dinner hosted at Kuda Bandos.