Tuesday, November 14, 2006

An Aussie in Asian Games

The 15th Asian Games is only a little over 2 weeks away and, of course, we can't wait for that. The Philippines will be represented by Darwin Laylo and Ronald Dableo for the men's side and Jedara Docena on the women.

Australia will not be in it, of course, and this is understandable. But there is at least a lone Aussie who will participate in the chess proceedings. It is none other than Sydneysider IA Jason Lyons. The guy has just scored one of the best gigs ever - sports manager for chess. He's off on an Emirates flight to Doha this week to perform some pre-event checks and then run the show. Awesome! Good luck to that.

There's a funny story to this actually. At this time, construction of the athletes village is still incomplete. The situation has apparently forced the organisers to hire a cruise liner, to be docked in Doha Harbour, and to have some of all the athletes live there instead. Mr Lyons, you guess by now, will be on the ship! Says he, "I'm gonna be living for 1 month on a cruise liner that doesn't go anywhere!"

1 comment:

rahulv said...

Asian Games 2006, Doha

The showcase event for Asian athletes, the Asian Games are back. Held every four years, Asian Games 2006 is coming up in Doha, a beautiful city in Qatar.

Since the year 2000, Qatar has been vying for this prestigious quadrennial event, trying to surpass other Asian cities. Finally, Doha gets to host the 2006 Asian Games from 1st to 15th of December.

The history of Asian Games reveals that Qatar is only the second country in West Asia to hold this event since 1974, when Iran were the proud hosts.

The Asian Games 2006, Doha will be the 15th Asian Games since the inception of the event way back in 1951. The first Asian Games were held in the Indian capital, New Delhi.

Qatar is a small country spread over 11,437 square kilometers. For a progressive economy like Qatar, the Asian Games is a massive event, something that'll augment the nation's development.

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