Speaking at the conclusion of the Asian Indoor Games in Macau Husain Al-Musallam, Director General of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) said that men’s and women’s cricket will make a huge impact in the 16th Asian Games being organised in Guangzhou, China in 2010, and its inclusion has already given a significant boost to its development in Asia.  “Cricket will add value to the Asian Games and we welcome its inclusion in our fold; we are confident that its inclusion we will be able to further contribute to its promotion," he said. "China is a country where cricket has generated a lot of interest and it has gained rapid popularity which indicates its bright future in years to come."

Gu Shiyang, Deputy Secretary General of the Guangzhou Asian Games Organizing Committee (GAGOC) said that the mission of the Games is to carry forward the Olympic spirit and to promote the Olympic movement in Asia, enhance solidarity and friendship among Asian countries and region.

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Filed November 12 2007