Mongolia to send largest ever delegation to Hangzhou Asiad

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Mongolia will send a delegation of over 600 to the upcoming Hangzhou Asian Games, its largest at a single Asian Games, delegation chief Amgalanbaatar Ganbaatar said.

"Our country will send more than 400 athletes in 34 different sports as well as over 200 coaches and relevant officials to the forthcoming Asian Games. In other words, we are ready to participate in the Asian Games with the largest ever delegation," Ganbaatar, who is a member of the executive board of the Mongolian National Olympic Committee, told Xinhua.

Mongolia has participated in a total of 11 Asian Games since its first participation in the 1974 Asian Games in Iran's capital Tehran. Mongolian athletes have won a total of 155 medals: 24 gold, 46 silver and 85 bronze medals, in 12 different sports.

"For this Asian Games, we hope to have great success in team sports such as men's and women's football, volleyball and basketball in addition to strong traditional sports such as types of wrestling. We believe that our athletes will do better than the success they managed at previous Asian Games," Ganbaatar said.

"Generally, our athletes of any sport are now highly trained. I am fully confident that they will successfully participate in this Asian Games," he noted.

Meanwhile, the chief of the Mongolian delegation expressed confidence that China will successfully host the upcoming Hangzhou Asian Games.

"In the past spring, delegation chiefs of the participating countries visited competition venues of the Games and learned of the organizers' reports on competition services, venue preparations, athletes' accreditation, accommodation, catering services and media operations among others," he said. "After that, I have felt confident that China attaches great importance to the Hangzhou Asian Games and that the Games will be organized very well."

The 19th Asian Games will take place in Hangzhou, east China's Zhejiang Province from September 23 to October 8.

The Hangzhou tournament will be the third Asian Games held in China, after Beijing in 1990 and Guangzhou in 2010.

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