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Uzbekistan begins work on $289m Youth Games project

Featured image credit: CAMC Engineering

Work has begun on the Uzbekistan Olympic City project that will host the 2025 Asian Youth Games.

Chinese group CAMC Engineering has been awarded a contract worth $289m to build the main competition and service facilities for the multi-sport event, which will take place in the Uzbeki capital city of Tashkent.

Uzbekistan’s Olympic City project covers an area of ​​about 100.6 hectares, with a construction area of ​​about 120,000 square meters, including five main sports venues. The project features a stadium, a swimming pool, a velodrome, a ball multi-purpose hall, and a fighting hall as well as outdoor football, basketball, tennis, extreme sports and beach volleyball venues.

Local organisers and CAMC have committed to green and humanitarian principles and said they will integrate 5G technology to realise smart venues and intelligent operation.

During a speech at the ground-breaking ceremony, Uzbekistan’s President Shavkat said: “The 4th Asian Youth Games and Asian Youth Paralympic Games to be held in Tashkent in 2025 will be the highest status and most influential international sports events ever held by Uzbekistan. The construction of the Olympic City project has created favourable conditions for the smooth holding of the Asian Youth Games.”

Beijing-headquartered CAMC has worked on a number of projects in Uzbekistan. No timeline for the completion of the project has yet been revealed.

CAMC general manager Li Haixin said: “We will Maximise the sports function and social benefits of the stadium, and build the project into a comprehensive sports infrastructure that represents the national spirit and traditional culture of Uzbekistan, which is modern, efficient, and fully functional, and contributes positively to the economic and trade cooperation between China and Uzbekistan.”

Tashkent was awarded the 2025 Asian Youth Games in May 2022.