The Shantou 2021 Asian Youth Games are due to be held in December 2022 ©Shantou 2021

The National Organising Committee (NOC) of the Shantou 2021 Asian Youth Games has created its first NOC Bulletin on behalf of the Olympic Council of Asia’s NOCs.

The NOC Bulletin will supply background information on the Games and when deadlines must be met throughout the year.

One example is the time-span of the second stage of the sport entry process, labelled entry by number, which will be active between February 20 and March 30.

Other developments in the build-up to the Games relates to the relevant technologies that are to be used.

Organisers confirmed that the network infrastructure and information technology (IT) systems have been completed and are being tested.

The network infrastructure and IT systems have pivotal responsibilities in ensuring the event performs at the expected standards.

Specific networks are dedicated to the competitions, the competition’s broadcasting, and internet services.

The IT system guarantees the competition’s results, agenda, and support systems.

Shantou has also increased the rate of constructing 5G stations so that the 5G network is available in the city for the Games.

So far, over 5,500 5G stations have been built.

The host city has also begun trialling Zhongyang Boulevard, a key travel route for the competition.

It is designed to cut the travel time to the main venue for the Games, in the Tagangwei area in Chenghai District, from 20 to 10 minutes.  

The 15.42-kilometre road stretches from the east end of the Xinjinhe Bridge in Longhu District to Lianfend Road in Chenghai District.

The 10km-long trial begins from the east side of the Xinjinhe Bridge and finishes at the Laimei Crossroad.

Last year, organisers announced the event, which consists of 18 sports and 21 disciplines, will take place between December 20 and 28 2022.