Japan confirmed as host of 2026 Asian Games

The Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) has awarded hosting rights for the 2026 edition of its Asian Games multi-sport event to the Japanese city of Nagoya and the Aichi prefecture.

The OCA made the announcement yesterday (Sunday) at its General Assembly meeting in Danang, Vietnam. Nagoya was said to be the only bid in contention.

Events will be staged at the Mizuho Athletics Stadium, Toyota Stadium, Rainbow Hall and Rainbow Pool, the Komaki volleyball arena and Nagoya Dome. The Games’ main media centre will be located at the Nagoya International Exhibition Hall. The OCA said that the total budget for the Games was presented as $842m (€749.5m).

“The road map of our main event is very stable,” OCA president Sheikh Ahmad Al Fahad Al Sabah said. “Together with our three Asian Games in 2018, 2022 and 2026, the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and the next two winter Olympics in Korea and China in 2018 and 2022 respectively, the sports calendar of Asia will be very busy with continental and international events.”

Last week, Nagoya Mayor Takashi Kawamura announced that the city would rejoin Aichi in their joint bid to host the event, after earlier threatening to withdraw from the project. The bid had been thrown into doubt earlier this month when Kawamura said that plans had stalled over financial uncertainties.

The 2026 event will mark the third time that Japan has staged the Games, with capital Tokyo having played host in 1958 and Hiroshima in 1994.

The most recent edition of the Asian Games took place in Incheon, South Korea in 2014. The event will travel to Jakarta and Palembang in Indonesia for its 2018 edition, before Hangzhou in China plays host in 2022.

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