Guangzhou,November 15 - The Olympic Council of Asia President reached out to the athletes of the 16th Asian Games by visiting Asian Games Town on Monday to receive first-hand feedback of the Guangzhou experience. Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah was greeted at the Athletes' Village by Asian Games Town Mayor Kong Shaoqiong and given a guided tour of the shops and services available for the athletes and team officials.
His Excellency called in at the hair salon - but no time for a trim - the supermarket, post office, Mayor's Office and finally the main dining hall, where he collected his tray and chose his food from the many cuisines on offer before sitting down at a table and eating his lunch.
On request he wanted to sample the daily life of the athlete, and was happy to chat with athletes and officials from several countries and regions to seek their opinion and pose for photographs.
The tour involved a convoy of nine golf carts full of media, OCA staff and members of the local organising committee, although Sheikh Ahmad preferred to walk as often as possible and take advantage of the pleasant autumnal sunshine.
The entourage moved from the Athletes' Village to the Main Press Centre for a scheduled press conference with over 100 media. On the subject of his Athletes' Village tour, Sheikh Ahmad said he was "very happy when I saw the smiles on the faces of the athletes and officials."
He added: "The operation of the Athletes' Village is very good and I think they are trying to make all the athletes fulfill their goals."
"I met athletes from 20 National Olympic Committees, from different sports such as handball and gymnastics, male and female athletes, and they were very satisfied- and athletes usually tell you the truth."
"I tried food from two zones and it was delicious. The facilities were excellent and with unique services; it is something new for the Olympic Movement."