Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Second Deputy Ruler of Dubai and President of the National Olympic Committee, emphasized that the UAE’s participation in the Asian Games over the past 50 years has been driven by the dedication and relentless efforts of generations of athletes.
The journey, which began in 1978 at the 8th Asian Games in Bangkok, is set to achieve another milestone at the 19th Asian Games in Hangzhou, China. Sheikh Ahmed praised Emirati athletes for their commitment, team spirit, and unwavering national pride, highlighting their continuous pursuit of excellence and their deep love for the UAE.
Addressing the UAE contingent heading to the 19th Asian Games in Hangzhou, Sheikh Ahmed stated that this occasion is an opportunity to celebrate the UAE’s pioneering spirit and enhance its global reputation, with unwavering support from the country’s wise leadership.
The UAE team will participate in various disciplines, with more than 12,000 athletes from 45 Asian countries competing in 40 sports and 61 disciplines during the Games, which will be held from September 23 to October 8. The UAE’s sporting delegation, consisting of 140 athletes, will compete in sports ranging from Archery to Triathlon.
Preparations are in full swing, with the UAE delegation working closely with other participating countries to ensure a smooth and organized experience for all teams and athletes. Additional teams will arrive in Hangzhou in the coming days, joining those already in the Sports Village for the event.