Australia seeks full inclusion in Asian Summer Games
Australia has long sought closer sporting ties with Asia to expose their athletes to stiffer competition from the likes of China, Japan, and South Korea. (In photo: President of the Australian Olympic Committee, John Coates)
ReutersMelbourne, Victoria, AustraliaFeb 22, 2017, 04.54 AM
Australia hopes to bring a full delegation of athletes to the 2022 Asian Summer Games in China and is seeking approval from the continent's Olympic council, Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) President John Coates has said.
Australia, a member of the Oceania Olympic federation, has sent 30 athletes to the ongoing Asian Winter Games in Japan's northern city of Sapporo as a "guest" delegation following an invitation from the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA).
Coates said it was too late for Australia to compete in next year's Summer Games in Indonesia but their bid for inclusion at the 2022 event in China's eastern city of Hangzhou would be tabled at an OCA meeting in September.
'I believe participating in the Asian Games would be very good for us,' said Australian Olympic Committee President John Coates