Thirty-six sports to be competed at 2014 Incheon Asian Games
9th December 2010
Organizers of the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea, announced Thursday that 36 sports will be competed in at the games to be held in the west coast port city, down from 42 events at this year's Guangzhou Asiad in November.
The 36 sports will include 28 Olympic sports plus eight additional events: baseball, bowling, cricket, kabbadi, karate, sepaktakraw, squash and
Forty-two sports were featured at the 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games last month. From that program, roller sports, chess, billiard sports, softball, dance sports and dragon boat have been dropped for the 2014 Asiad.
Bowling, one of South Korea's gold mines, was a last-minute inclusion.
The Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) last year decided to cap the number of Asian Games sports at 35 on grounds that the continental competition had
grown too large.
The OCA wanted to add seven sports to 28 Olympic events. At the OCA General Assembly in Guangzhou last month, South Korea proposed baseball, bowling, kabbadi, sepaktakraw, softball, squash and wushu as seven additional disciplines.
But the OCA wanted to add cricket and karate in place of bowling and softball. In the end, bowling stayed in and cricket and karate made their
way into the program, while softball was left out.
South Korea won eight gold medals in bowling in Guangzhou, more than any other country.