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Newsletter no. 95
22 March 2024

XIX Asian Games

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On April 30, 2024 the Ministry of Digital Development of the Kyrgyz Republic puts into circulation a series of 2023 Kyrgyz Express Post postage stamps: "XIX Asian Games".

The XIX Asian Games were held from September 23 to October 8, 2023 in Hangzhou and five other cities in China. Initially, the Games were scheduled to be played in 2022, but due to the coronavirus pandemic and the postponement of major tournaments in recent years, the competition dates were moved to 2023.

The Asian Games (Asiad) are the largest multi-sport competitions among athletes of the Asian continent, held every four years under the auspices and guidance of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA).

At the Hangzhou Games, more than 15,000 athletes from 45 Asian countries and regions competed for 481 sets of medals in 40 sports (61 disciplines).

The program of the passed Asian Games included both traditional Olympic sports and non-Olympic ones, including those characteristic of the Asian region (such as kuresh - belt wrestling, the martial art pencak silat, kabaddi, Malayan volleyball sepak takraw, dragon boat racing and others). A historic event was the inclusion of cybersport in the official program of the Hangzhou Asiad. By the way, the mascots of the games are three robots: Chenchen, Congcong and Lianlian.

We are pleased to note the great success of Kyrgyz athletes at the XIX Asian Games in Hangzhou. Representatives of Kyrgyzstan won 15 medals: 4 gold, 2 silver and 9 bronze.

The KEP stamps feature two sports: cybersport and fencing. The coupons of the minisheets and the First Day Cover depict the impressive building of the "Big Lotus" Olympic Sports Center in Hangzhou. This stadium can accommodate 80,000 people.

This stamp issue was designed by Vitaliu Pogolșa, with whom KEP has been fruitfully collaborating for a long time. Unfortunately, this wonderful artist passed away prematurely. The stamps dedicated to the Hangzhou Asian Games became his last design work in philately.
For this series, KEP also issues two postcards, which are used to realize two maximum cards.

No. 215Cybersport stamp
No. 216Fencing stamp

Stamps description

No. 215. 150 KGS. Cybersport
No. 216. 300 KGS. Fencing

collective sheet with asian games stamps

Technical specifications

Paper: coated, gummed, 105 g/m².
Printing method: full-color offset lithography.
Stamps perforation: comb 14:14½.
Stamps size: 46.00 × 27.50 mm.
Stamps are issued in minisheets of 5 stamps with one label.
Stamps are also issued in a collective minisheet of 2 stamps
(one complete set and two labels). The coupons of the
minisheets depict the "Big Lotus" Olympic Sports Center in Hangzhou.
The labels of the collective minisheet depict a view inside the "Big Lotus".
Minisheets size: 113 x 108 mm.
Collective minisheet size: 113 × 64 mm.
Quantity issued: 7 000 pieces each stamp, including the
quantity of the collective minisheet - 2 000 pieces.
Designer: Vitaliu Pogolșa.
Printer House: "Nova Imprim" (Chișinău, Moldova).

Cybersport stamps Fencing stamps

asian games FDC

A special cancellation on FDC will be carried out at the Bishkek KEP Office (729001) on the stamps issuing day. The first day cover depicts the "Big Lotus" Olympic Sports Center in Hangzhou.
The first day cover and special postmark are designed by Vitaliu Pogolșa.
Cover size: С6 (162 × 114 mm).
Quantity issued: 300 pieces.
Endorsing ink color: black.

Stamps, maximum cards and FDCs can be purchased here.

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