Asia readies for a sizzling year of events in 2023

Sport, climate change and politics will be major event themes across the region this year.

Jakarta's Senayan stadium is among the venues for the U-20 World Cup 2023, which marks the first time Indonesia is hosting a FIFA tournament.
Jakarta's Senayan stadium is among the venues for the U-20 World Cup 2023, which marks the first time Indonesia is hosting a FIFA tournament.

The postponed Asian Games, originally scheduled for September 2022, is just one of many sporting highlights that are taking place in the Asia-Pacific region in 2023.

The Games, which will be held in China's eastern city of Hangzhou this autumn from 23 September to 8 October, is expected to attract around 10,000 athletes from across the region.

Also taking place this year is the fifth edition of the World Baseball Classic, which will be held in Japan from 8 March for two weeks, with Australia, China, Taiwan, Japan and South Korea expected to field teams for the tournament.

Football is also a major feature across Asia Pacific this year. In May, Indonesia will host the FIFA U-20 World Cup from May 20 to June 11 across a number of cities. This will be the first FIFA tournament hosted by the country.

Come summer, the spotlight will then shift to Australia and New Zealand, which are joint hosts for the FIFA Women's World Cup, which kicks off on 20 July. A total of 64 matches will be played across 10 stadiums over the course of the month-long event, and 32 nations will compete including teams from the Philippines, Japan, China, Vietnam and South Korea.

Indonesia has this year taken over the ASEAN chairmanship from Cambodia, and will soon kick off the ASEAN Tourism Forum in Yogyakarta from 2-5 February.

Political and business events will continue to dominate the region calendar this year, with a number of events expected to boost the economy in several destinations.

These include the G-7 summit, taking place in Hiroshima in Japan in May, defence summit Shangri-La Dialogue, which will be held in Singapore in June, and the G-20 summit in India in September.

Attention will also remain on the Middle East, with Dubai hosting COP28, the United Nations Climate Conference, from 30 November until 12 December, and which is expected to attract attendees from more than 200 countries.

The Middle East region has already hosted two sizeable events in the last year - the World Expo, which took place in Dubai from October 2021 until March 2022 and more recently, the month-long FIFA World Cup Football tournament, held in Qatar between November and December.



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