OCA Acting President Randhir Singh, fifth from left, was on hand to help unveil the Hangzhou Asian Games Museum ©OCA

Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) Acting President Randhir Singh has officially opened the Hangzhou Asian Games Museum here.

A special ceremony was held on Thursday (September 28) where Singh was on hand to help unveil the museum along with other OCA and Hangzhou 2022 officials.

Mao Genhong, deputy secretary general of Hangzhou 2022, was in attendance along with Li Lingwei, Vice-President of the Chinese Olympic Committee and Vice Mayor of Hangzhou Chen Weiqiang.

The other OCA officials present included Vice-Presidents Song Luzeng and Syed Arif Hasan and Honorary Vice-President Wei Jizhong.

The OCA Culture Committee, led by Khunying Patama Leeswadtrakul, also paid a visit.

She was joined by fellow International Olympic Committee member Zhang Hong and Culture Committee member Francis Wanadi.

The museum is located within the Hangzhou Olympic Sports Center Stadium - one of the main venues of the Asian Games - and covers around 5,400 square metres.

It has been created as a legacy of the Asian Games after Hangzhou secured the hosting rights in 2015.

Torches, medals and mascots from every edition of the Asian Games since the inauguration of the event in 1951 are among the items on display.

The museum’s collections has been boosted by donations from Asia’s National Olympic Committee and the OCA.

"With high-tech displays, the Hangzhou Asian Games Museum brings the past and present together under one roof and offers a fascinating look into the history of the Asian Games," a statement from the OCA read.

The museum will be open alongside the staging of the Asian Games, which are due to be held until October 8.

Hangzhou had originally been set to host the event in September 2022 before being postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.