Asiad lives up to name

Asiad lives up to name
(From left) South Korea's Ambassador to Singapore Suh Chung Ha; Kwon Kyung Sang, secretary-general of the 2014 Asian Games Organising Committee; Singapore's goodwill ambassador to the Games, Jazreel Tan; Ng Ser Miang, International Olympic Committee member; and two members of SKarf doing the K-pop group's signature move at a road show.

SINGAPORE - Next year's Asian Games will feature fewer sports than the edition before it, heeding the International Olympic Committee's calls for future multi-sports events to be scaled down.

But rather than follow exactly the Olympic core programme of just 28 sports, organisers of the 2014 Incheon Games believe the quadrennial Asiad should continue to uniquely represent the region, with sports such as bowling, kabaddi and wushu.

In Incheon's case, there will be six fewer sports than the 42 at the 2010 Guangzhou Games.

Said Kwon Kyung Sang, secretary-general of the 2014 Incheon Asian Games Organising Committee (IAGOC), on Thursday: "Guangzhou was the biggest Asian Games.

"We planned to have about the same number of sports when we won the bid but we downsized it after negotiation with the Olympic Council of Asia.

"Our aim was to cut down the budget."

He was speaking on the sidelines of a road show at the Mandarin Orchard Singapore to promote the Incheon Games ahead of the Sept 19 opening next year.

Singapore was the third stop in the organisers' tour of six Asian cities.

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