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Incheon switches to Asian Games mode

2014-09-09 10:48:00 OCA

The Kuwait football team arrives at the welcome 
centre in the Athletes’ Village on Monday.

08 Sep 2014 - Incheon, Korea: The welcome centre of the Athletes’ Village tells its own story – Incheon has switched into Asian Games mode. Since the Athletes’ Village pre-opened on Friday, September 5, for team leaders of the 45 National Olympic Committees, the amount of arrivals and activity has grown on a daily basis as the countdown continues to the opening ceremony of the 17th Asian Games on September 19.

Representatives of Japan, Iran, Iraq, Uzbekistan, China, Kuwait and Bangladesh were among the NOCs present on Monday – a national holiday in Korea – as the meticulous registration of athletes and team officials took centre stage.

Organisers are expecting the 45 NOCs to enter around 10,000 athletes and 5,000 team officials for the 36 sports, numbers which highlight the growth of the Asian Games down the decades. The men’s football competition has attracted 29 teams and kicks off on September 14, resulting in the early arrival of teams such as Kuwait and Bangladesh.

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