— Published 18 September 2023

Three villages in one

It’s a done deal. The village for the Asian Games 2023 (September 23 to October 8 in Hangzhou, China) officially opened its doors on Saturday September 16, just one week before the opening ceremony. On the same day, it welcomed its first delegations of athletes and officials. A first: the village is made up of three distinct zones, dedicated respectively to athletes and their support staff, the media and technical officials. The whole covers an area of 1.13 km2. Five other “sub-villages” have been planned for competitions away from Hangzhou. They are located in Ningbo, Wenzhou, Jinhua, Tonglu and Chun’an, five municipalities in Zhejiang province. The main restaurant can serve 4,200 athletes simultaneously. It will operate 20 hours a day over the 16 days of the event. The Chinese organizers announced a record participation of 12,527 athletes. They also said that all 45 Asian National Olympic Committees would be represented at Hangzhou 2023, including North Korea, absent from the Tokyo 2020 and Beijing 2022 Olympic Games.