N.Korea Submits Participant List for Asian Games

North Korea submitted a list of 352 delegates for the Incheon Asian Games to the Olympic Council of Asia. Then on Thursday last week contradicting the friendly action, the North fired five missiles on the same day Pope Francis was about to start his visit in South Korea.

"North Korea submitted a list of 352 delegates which include 150 athletes, 173 coaching staff, and 29 sports officials, referees and reporters, according to the organizing committee of the Incheon Asian Games on Thursday.

North Korea hopes to send 70 male and 80 female athletes to participate in 14 disciplines. The number is less than the number that participated in the 2002 Busan Asian Games when North Korea sent 184 athletes in 18 disciplines.

"The final entry will be decided early next month after all applications from the other 45 countries are finalized," an official from the organizing committee said.

englishnews@chosun.com / Aug. 18, 2014 11:04 KST