Hangzhou Asian Games to be event for world unity, says Mongolian official

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ULAN BATOR, SEPTEMBER 23 (IANS): The 19th Asian Games in Hangzhou, China, will be an event to promote world unity, a senior Mongolian official has said.

The Asian Games, a major sports event not only in Asia but also in the world, are now at the center of attention of sports fans around the globe, Badmaanyambuu Bat-Erdene, chairman of the National Committee for Olympic Movement, Physical Activities and Sport, told Xinhua recently.

He highlighted the slogan of "Heart to Heart, @Future," under which the Hangzhou Asian Games will kick off on Saturday.

"I understand the motto of the Hangzhou Asian Games as showing that sport is a guarantee for the peaceful coexistence of nations around the world," he said, noting that as sports represent the meaning of peaceful coexistence, the Hangzhou Asian Games will be seen as an event to call for unity worldwide.

Bat-Erdene, 59, is widely regarded as one of the greatest Mongolian wrestlers of all time. The retired wrestler holds the most-win record at 11 times in the country's annual traditional wrestling tournament and holiday Naadam. Particularly, he won four medals in judo at the Asian Games, including a silver in the 95 kg category and a bronze in the open class at the Beijing Asian Games in 1990.