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Tashkent to stage Youth Games ahead of tilt for 2030 Asian Games

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The Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) has awarded the fourth edition of its Asian Youth Games in 2025 to Tashkent, with the capital of Uzbekistan, along with Doha, also expected to enter bids for the 2030 Asian Games.

The decision was made at an OCA Executive Board meeting held in the Qatari capital on Saturday. Following a presentation from the bidding city, the OCA’s honorary life vice-president, Wei Jizhong, said the sports facilities and infrastructure required to host the Asian Youth Games already existed in Tashkent without the need to build new venues.

Wei’s comments followed a two-day visit to Tashkent by an OCA inspection team in the build-up to the Executive Board meeting. “We spent two days in Tashkent and we visited 21 places including sports facilities,” Wei said. “Our conclusion is that Tashkent is ready with the existing city infrastructure and sports facilities to host the Asian Youth Games.”

Subsequently, OCA president Sheikh Ahmad Al Fahad Al Sabah proposed that Tashkent be awarded the 2025 Games and this was approved unanimously by the Executive Board members. The OCA awarded hosting rights for the 2021 Youth Games to the Chinese city of Shantou in March. The third edition of the Games will follow past competitions in Singapore (2009) and Nanjing, China (2013).

Uzbekistan’s Minister of Sport, Nabiev Dilmurod, said the 2025 Youth Games was fully supported by the government and Uzbek authorities. The OCA said Tashkent is also set to bid for the 21st Asian Games in 2030 – following Hangzhou 2022 and Aichi-Nagoya 2026 – along with Qatar, which also announced its intention to bid with a presentation to the OCA Executive Board.

Other countries have expressed interest in hosting rights for the 2030 Asian Games, including India.