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Joint 2023 bid talk ‘premature’

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It’s still too early to discuss the possibility of the MSAR jointly hosting the 2023 Asian Games with Hong Kong and Shenzhen, the vice-president of the Sports Development Board (IDM), José Tavares, told Macau Daily Times.
On Tuesday the Hong Kong deputy secretary for Home Affairs, Jonathan McKinley, said the government would welcome a shared bid with Shenzhen and Macau, an idea first mentioned by the Olympic Council of Asia earlier this month.
“No one has contacted us over this issue,” Tavares said. And, asked if IDM would be interested in this opportunity, he said “it would have to be cautiously discussed and well thought”.
Although Macau has organised the 2005 East Asian Games and the 2007 Indoor Asian Games, Tavares stressed that the Asian Games are a much bigger event and that a joint bid would need the support from three different governments.

V.Q.

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