Making waves and flying the flag of the 2022 Asian Games

The 19th Asian Games 2022 emblem was launched on Monday in its host city of Hangzhou.

Surging Waves, emblem of the 19th Asian Games Hangzhou 2022

The 19th Asian Games 2022 emblem was launched on Monday in its host city of Hangzhou.

The emblem of “Surging Waves,” designed by a group of six talented artists from the China Academy of Art, features a series of elements that represent the core spirits of the city: Qiantang River and its tidal bores, a fan-shaped running track, which can also be seen as a WiFi sign, and the red glowing sun rising over the water.

“The element of water is deeply rooted in Hangzhou’s cultural gene while the sun representing the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) is an element of fire,” Yuan Youmin, chief designer of the emblem told Shanghai Daily. He was also the designer of the visual identity at the G20 Hangzhou summit in 2016.

He also said the colors of the emblem, red and blue, were inspired by a well-known verse depicting the beautiful landscapes of the area over 1,200 years ago.

Xu Liyi, mayor of Hangzhou, made a speech at the ceremony.

The design was chosen out of 4,263 global entries and it took Yuan and his team six months to finalize it.

On September 2, during the closing ceremony of the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia, delegates from Hangzhou will officially take over the Asian Games’ flag and release a promotional video to a global audience.

Over 500 people attended the launch ceremony including Gao Zhidan, deputy director of General Administration of Sports of China, Zhou Jiangyong, Party secretary of Hangzhou, Cheng Yuechong, vice governor of Zhejiang and Xu Liyi, mayor of Hangzhou.

The launch ceremony of the emblem was held in Hangzhou on the evening of August 6.

Timothy Tsun Ting Fok, vice president of OCA executive board read a congratulatory letter on behalf of Sheikh Fahad Al-Ahmad AL-SABAH, president of OCA at the ceremony.

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