Korea to Host the Largest Para Games

kpride, Oct. 17, 2014, 9:21 a.m.

The 2014 Asian Para Games will begin with the opening ceremony at Munhak Stadium in Incheon on Saturday. The year's event will bring some 6,000 athletes and officials from 41 countries together, the largest ever.  North Korea sent a 30-member delegation, including nine athletes to compete in four disciplines, to the Games for the first time. 

The South Korean team entered the athletes' village on Thursday. The host country will field 335 athletes in all 23 disciplines, and aims to finish second by winning more than 50 gold medals.  South Korea placed third at the 2010 event in Guangzhou with 27 gold, 43 silver and 33 bronze medals. 

Among the 23 disciplines, 19 are also official events at the Paralympic Games. The badminton, bowling, lawn bowling, and wheelchair dance events are unique to the Asian Para Games.  There are about 440 gold medals at stake at this year's event.  "I hope people are as interested in the games for disabled athletes as in other sporting events, and cheer for athletes from all countries," said Kim Sung-il, head of the event's organizing committee.

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