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Athletes gather in South Korea for Asian Games

Athletes gather in South Korean port city of Incheon for Asian Games

Members of South Korean Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) stand guard near the 17th Asian Games Athletes' Village in Incheon, west of Seoul, South Ko...
Volunteers pose for photos near three official mascots of the the 2014 Incheon Asian Games, from left, Barame, Chumuro and Vichuon, near the 17th Asia...
A North Korean flag is hoisted at Namdong Asiad Rugby Field in Incheon, west of Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Sept. 15, 2014. The 17th Asian Games will ...
North Korea's Sim Hyon Jin, third right, jumps to celebrate with his teammates after scoring a goal against China during their first round soccer matc...

South Korea Asian Games

Members of South Korean Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) stand guard near the 17th Asian Games Athletes' Village in Incheon, west of Seoul, South Ko...

South Korea Asian Games

Volunteers pose for photos near three official mascots of the the 2014 Incheon Asian Games, from left, Barame, Chumuro and Vichuon, near the 17th Asia...

South Korea Asian Games

A North Korean flag is hoisted at Namdong Asiad Rugby Field in Incheon, west of Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Sept. 15, 2014. The 17th Asian Games will ...

South Korea Asian Games

North Korea's Sim Hyon Jin, third right, jumps to celebrate with his teammates after scoring a goal against China during their first round soccer matc...

INCHEON, South Korea (AP) -- Thousands of athletes from 45 nations are gathering in South Korea's western port city of Incheon for the Asian Games, a key test for many of them ahead of the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Competition in the football tournament was underway Monday, with North Korea's men defeating China 3-0 to the delight of some locals and a small contingent of North Korean fans. That show of inter-Korean unity came despite tensions between the countries.

The 2014 Games will be inaugurated with an opening ceremony Friday featuring Gangnam Style" singer PSY alongside other Asian entertainers. With nearly 900 athletes, China is fielding the largest team at Incheon and is expected to take home the most medals. South Korea and Japan are also set to feature prominently on the podium.


Updated : 2021-10-16 18:04 GMT+08:00