Athletes Gather to Boost Team Spirit Ahead of Asian Games

      September 12, 2014 10:36

      Some 600 athletes gathered in Seoul on Thursday to boost their team spirit, ahead of the Asian Games in Incheon which kicks off its 16-day run next week.

      Korea aims to finish second for the fifth consecutive Asian Games by winning more than 90 gold medals. This is the third Asiad hosted by the country, following the 1986 event in Seoul and the 2002 event in Busan. Korea won 96 gold medals in 2002, the most ever for the country.

      Korea will field its largest-ever delegation of 1,068 members, including 831 athletes and 237 officials. Korean athletes will compete in 36 different disciplines.

      Athletes and participants of the Incheon Asian Games vow to achieve excellence, as they hold up their nation's flag at an event in Seoul on Thursday.

      The athletes gathered on Thursday and watched a video clip together which encouraged them to do their best at the games with cheering messages. Girl group T-ara appeared on stage to celebrate the quadrennial sporting event.

      They were also instructed on general rules and regulations, such as doping, ethics and uniforms. Some of the athletes already entered the athletes' village last week, and the rest will join them on Tuesday.

      About 13,000 athletes from all 45 member nations of the Olympic Council of Asia will compete for a total of 439 gold medals at this year's Asian Games.

      Korean footballers start the Asian Games with their first match against Malaysia on Sunday, just about a week ahead of the official opening of the Asian Games on Sept. 19.

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