100-Day Countdown for the 2nd Asian Indoor Games 2007-07-18 18:34  MAIGOC


  To mark the 100-day countdown as a key stage for the upcoming 2nd Asian Indoor Games, the Macao 2ndAsian Indoor Games Organising Committee (MAIGOC) launched a series of commemorativeactivities, including Countdown Clock Inauguration and Anthem Announcement, at the MacauFisherman’s Wharf yesterday (18 July).

  Games boothsand sports parade

  Bringing audiences’ attention closer to the Games the celebrations were officially kicked off, with gamesbooths and souvenir captivating around the premises. A parade formed by 100 athletes representing the sports program of the2AIG, led by the drummers, also marched from the Rocks Hotel to the Roman Amphitheatre, attracting crowds along the way.

  Chief Executive presides over Countdown ClockInauguration

  After the sports parade, the ceremony for the Countdown Clock InaugurationandAnthem Announcement, presided over by the Chief Executive ofMacao SAR Government Mr. Edmund Ho Hau Wah and the honorary guests, was initiated under the eyes of more than 1,300 spectators. Besides the 7.5m high Countdown Clock located at the Macau Fisherman’sWharf, another Countdown Clock was set to launch at the SaiVan Lake Square at the same time.


  Next to the inauguration ofthe Countdown Clock was fime for thr announcement of the Anthem. Untitled “Winner” and by the performancesof localsingers Samtry, German Ku, SunFong Meng and Vanessa, the games song received a big applause from theaudience. Endingin great style the 2AIG sports weredemonstrated through Dragon & Lion Dance, Indoor Cycling, ArtisticCycling, Latin and Standard Sport Dances and Aerobic Gymnastics.

  Officiating guests attended the ceremony were: Edmund Ho Hau Wah, ChiefExecutive of Macau SAR Government, Wang Jinxiang, Deputy Director of theLiaison Office of the Central People’s Government, Huang Songfu, DeputyCommission of the Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of ForeignAffairs, Fernando, Chui Sai On, Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture, KwongKi Chi, Chairman of Macau Legend Development Ltd, Manuel Silvério, Chairman ofthe Board of Directors of MAIGOC, and Eddie, Laam Wah Ying, President of MacauOlympic Committee.

  More promotion on the 2nd AIG is expected

  MAIGOC believes the inauguration of the Countdown Clockand announcement of the Anthem is asignificant step to the extensive promotion of the Games. In the 100 daysbefore the opening of the Games,on October 26th 2007, residents and visitors can reach theGames throughout various channels. The next stop will be at the Macau Tower were 7 matches will beperformed every weekend between 20 July and 20 August.In addition, the friendly footballmatch of Manchester United and Shenzhen Xiangxue Eisiti will also be held at the Macao Stadium next week.

  Mei Mei availablefor fans

  At the day of the ceremony,everyone was excited with the success of the 2AIG Mascot sales launch. Thefirst day was a success and Mei Mei is now available at MAIGOC souvenir shop inthe Macau Fisherman’s Wharf.