Incheon Asian Games to Feature 36 Sports

The organizing committee of the 2014 Incheon Asian Games announced on Thursday that a total of 36 sports will be competed in at the games, down from 42 at this year's Asiad in Guangzhou.

"Based on concerns that the Asiad was becoming too big, we agreed with the Olympic Council of Asia not to add any more sports," the committee said.

The 36 sports include 28 Olympic sports plus eight additional ones -- baseball, bowling, cricket, kabbadi, karate, sepak takraw, squash and wushu.

The OCA and the Incheon organizing committee disagreed over the inclusion of some sports. The OCA wanted to replace Incheon's proposals of baseball and softball with cricket and karate. In the end, Incheon defended baseball as one of the most popular sports in Korea, dropped softball, and accepted the suggestion to add cricket and karate.

Meanwhile, roller sports, baduk or Go, soft tennis and cue sports were eliminated from the list, which have been traditional strongholds for the country. Korea won three gold medals in roller sports and baduk in Guangzhou.

englishnews@chosun.com / Dec. 10, 2010 11:36 KST