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    Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games (AIMAG)

    I couldn't find a previous thread for this. Maybe it's this? 1st-Asian-Martial-Arts-Games

    I'm just going to start a fresh one and merge later if a previous thread surfaces.

    160-strong Philippine delegation planned for Asian martial arts meet

    John Bryan Ulanday -
    September 14, 2021 | 4:36pm
    MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines is eyeing to send a 160-strong delegation in the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games (AIMAG) early next year in Bangkok and Chonburi, Thailand with hopes of replicating its Olympic triumph.

    Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) president Abraham "Bambol" Tolentino said the contingent boasts a slew of potential medalists out to provide a solid follow-up to the country’s best Olympic performance in history in Tokyo last month.

    "The objective is to ride the momentum of the Tokyo Olympics success,” said Tolentino, adding the goal of surpassing the country’s two-gold medal haul in the 2017 AIMAG held in Turkmenistan.

    Jiu-jitsu athletes Meggie Ochoa and Annie Ramirez won the country’s only gold medals then. The Philippines also copped 14 silver and 14 bronze mints in 17 sports it participated.

    This time around, the country will participate in 21 of the 31 AIMAG events brimming with supreme confidence with weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz leading the way.

    Diaz won the silver in the last AIMAG but got back with a bang after reigning supreme in 2018 Asian Games and the Tokyo Olympics last month.

    Other Filipino medalists back then includes sprinter Eric Cray, billiards aces Chezka Centeno and Rubilen Amit, jin Elaine Alora, weightlifter Kristel Macrohon with Janelle Frayna and Shania Mendoza of chess.

    The Philippines will participate in aquatics, 3x3 basketball, billiards, bowling, chess, dancesport, esports, indoor athletics, indoor rowing, jiu-jitsu, karate, kickboxing, kurash, muay, pencak silat, sambo, sepak takraw, shooting, skateboarding, taekwondo and wrestling.

    The AIMAG, set to gather 45 countries, was originally slated May 21-30 this year but was pushed back to March 10-20 due to the pandemic.
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    Originally scheduled for May 21-30, 2021, postponed to November 2023

    Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in Thailand postponed by 20 months to Nov 2023

    The Aimag in Thailand is set to be the biggest edition ever, featuring athletes from 63 nations competing in 29 sports.PHOTO: OCASIA.ORG

    Sazali Abdul Aziz

    SINGAPORE - The upcoming Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games (Aimag) in Thailand, slated for March 2022 and already postponed by almost a year, has been delayed a further 20 months to November 2023.

    The next edition of the quadrennial event will be staged in Bangkok and Chonburi.

    Originally scheduled for May 21-30, 2021, it had been postponed to March 10-20, 2022 owing to the pandemic.

    But in a letter to member councils on Wednesday (Oct 20), Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) director-general Husain Al Musallam said the OCA had been informed by Thailand of the need to move the Aimag to November 2023.

    Two options were given - Nov 10-19 or Nov 17-26 - with the OCA executive board members opting for the latter "after careful consideration of the calendar of sporting events in 2023 due to the impact of (the pandemic)".

    No reason was stated for Thailand's decision to reschedule the Games.

    A host of major international sports events is taking place in 2022 which involve Asian nations, most notably the SEA Games in Hanoi (May), Commonwealth Games in Birmingham (July) and Asian Games in Hangzhou (September). The biennial SEA Games are also a victim of the pandemic, having originally been scheduled for next month.

    There has also been speculation that the lengthy postponement of the Aimag has to do with an Oct 7 announcement by the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) listing Thailand's National Anti-Doping Organisation as being non-compliant, "due to the lack of full implementation of the 2021 version of the Code within their legal system".

    As a result, said Wada, Thailand "may not be awarded the right to host regional, continental or world championships... for the entire period of non-compliance" and its flags will not be flown at such major international sporting events "other than at the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games, for the next edition of that event or until reinstatement, whichever is longer".

    The rules also apply to Indonesia, which was also listed as Wada non-compliant, although the reason for its blacklisting is "a result of non-conformities in implementing an effective testing programme".

    The Thailand Aimag will be the third edition of the Games following the 2013 merger of the Asian Indoor Games and Asian Martial Arts Games, which had been held thrice and once prior, respectively.

    Singapore has won four gold medals, 17 silvers and 19 bronze medals at the Aimag, which recognises results from before the merger. The Republic's last gold medals came in 2013 and were won by bowler Daphne Tan (women's singles, and women's doubles with Bernice Lim).

    The Aimag in Thailand is set to be the biggest edition ever, featuring athletes from 63 teams (including those in Oceania) competing in 29 sports.

    These sports include those on the Olympic programme, like badminton and shooting, as well as others like bowling, chess, floorball, netball and pencak silat.

    Sheik Alau'ddin, chief executive officer of the Singapore Silat Federation, said that with Aimag's postponement, the Asian body for pencak silat is looking to stage a South-east Asian Championship and Asian Championship, in January and March respectively, instead.

    "Our national athletes have been allowed to train for a while already, which we are grateful for, but what they want is to compete," said the two-time former world champion.

    "They get bored just training all the time with no competition to work towards."

    For Singapore’s national netballers, the postponement means their next international level competition will be the Asian Championships next September, almost three years since they competed at the SEA Games in the Philippines in late November 2019.

    The sport does not feature at the Asian Games and not at the SEA Games in 2022, and only the top 12-ranked Commonwealth nations will compete at the Commonwealth Games - Singapore are ranked 30th with almost every team ahead of them a part of the Commonwealth.

    Netball Singapore executive director Cyrus Medora said that the association will explore opportunities for a training tour of Australia or the United Kingdom, once vaccinated travel lane opportunities open up.

    He said: “It is the same situation for many others like those in Malaysia and Sri Lanka... Everyone is hungry for games.”
    Competitions are planning for 2022 and it's not looking good.
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