16th Guangzhou Asian Games, Thrilling Games, Harmonious Asia

The 16th Asian Games Held from: November 12 – 27, 2010 Participating countries/regions: 45 member countries and regions of OCA Main stadium Guangdong Olympic Sports Centre Sports: 42 Sports – 28 Olympic Sports and 14 non-Olympic Sports
 
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The design of the Games emblem is derived from a legend about the City of Guangzhou: As the legend goes, a long time


Emblem
ago, the farm lands in Guangzhou ran dry, food could not be grown and the people experienced a famine. They could do nothing but pray to the heavens for luck. Moved by their piety, Five Immortals descended from the sky, riding on goats with coats of different colors, each holding rice ears in its mouth. The Immortals gave the rice ears to the people and

declared that the land would be free from famine.

Afterwards, they disappeared into the sky. The five goats that were left behind turn into stone. From that time on, Guangzhou reaped a bumper harvest of grain every year and grew into one of the most prosperous cities in China.

For this reason Guangzhou is also known as the City of Goats or the City of Rice Ears.

The Statue of the Five Goats in Guangzhou’s Yue Xiu Park is a reminder of this legend and has, over the years, become the symbol of the city and one of its most well known landmarks.

The Official Mascots of the 16th Asian Games

“Le Yangyang” is name of the leader of our five Goats and the name which refers to all of the 16th Asian Games Mascots,


Mascots
each of them sporty and cute, and each serving as an Official Mascot. The Mascots embody a part of Guangzhou’s unique history and culture and each Goat has an individual name that is distinctly Cantonese in style: A Xiang[a: 'sj∧ŋ], A He[a: 'hə:], A Ru[a: 'ru:], A Yi[a: 'ji:] and Le Yangyang ['lə: j∧ŋj∧ŋ]. When you put their names together, Xiang He Ru Yi Le Yangyang – meaning Peace, Harmony and Great Happiness, with everything going as you wish – they fully express the people of Guangzhou’s hope that the 16th Asian Games bring peace, prosperity, success and happiness to the people of Asia and fulfill their, and our, Vision of a “Thrilling Games and Harmonious Asia”.

The designs of the Mascots are strongly inspired by a legend about the City of Guangzhou: As the legend goes: A long time ago, the farm lands in Guangzhou ran dry, food could not be grown and the people experienced a famine. They could do nothing but pray to the heavens for luck. Moved by their piety, Five Immortals descended from the heavens, riding on goats with coats of different colors, each holding ears of rice in its mouth. The Immortals gave the rice ears to the people of Guangzhou and promised that the land would be “free from famine”. Afterwards, the Immortals disappeared into the sky. The Five Goats that were left behind turned into stone. From that time onwards, Guangzhou reaped a bumper harvest of grain every year and became the most prosperous city in the south of China. The Five Goats of this thousand-year-old legend have gone on become the most well-known symbol of Guangzhou.

The Vision of the 16th Asian Games

The Vision of the 16th Asian Games, a “Thrilling Games, Harmonious Asia”, is a dream and a promise, that the Games will uphold the spirit of the Olympics and the Asian Games – which is to promote unity, friendship and further exchanges between different countries and regions. The core goal of the Asian Games is to build a harmonious Asia, an Asia which transcends differences in race, nationality, religious beliefs and language. It is hoped that the hosting of a thrilling Asian Games will be another step on the road towards this goal.

“Thrilling” Games The Guangzhou Asian Games will create an atmosphere where athletes from around Asia can excel, and achieve the Olympic ideals of “Faster, Higher, Stronger”, in a competitive, thriving and thrilling sports environment highlighted by intense competition.

“Harmonious” Asia The Guangzhou Asian Games will uphold the Olympic values of “Unity, Peace and Friendship”, by promoting friendly exchanges and affection among the Asian people and boost the peaceful development of the entire region.
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