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Asian Games 2014: When athletes shine diversely in Incheon

Asian Games 2014 is one of the most memorable ASIAD, which saw the evolution of asian sports in the begining of the decade 2010s.

The 2014 Asian Games, officially known as the 17th Asian Games, was a pan-Asian multi-sport event held in Incheon, South Korea. This was the third time South Korea hosted the Asian Games.

The games was held from 19 September to 4 October 2014, although several events had commenced from 14 September 2014.

Asian Games 2014 - Vietnam9.net - Torchlight scene of the 2014 Asian Games
Torchlight scene of the 2014 Asian Games.

Around 9,501 athletes participated in the event which featured 439 events in 36 sports. It was opened by the President of South Korea, Park Geun-hye at the Incheon Asiad Main Stadium.

The final medal tally was led by China, followed by host South Korea and Japan. Meanwhile, Cambodia won its first-ever Asian Games gold medal.

Asian Games 2014 - Vietnam9 - Psy's famous song Gangnam Style performed at the 2014 Asian Games opening ceremony
Psy’s famous song Gangnam Style performed at the 2014 Asian Games opening ceremony.

“Diversity Shines Here”

The above pharaprase is the motto of Asian Games 2014. It It clearly depicts the excellence of the athletes at the five years ago event.

During the Games, 14 World and 27 Asian records were broken. Japanese swimmer Kosuke Hagino was announced as the most valuable player (MVP) of the Games.

Asian Games 2014 - Vietnam9.net - Kosuke Hagino Named Most Valuable Player of Entire Asian Games 2014
Kosuke Hagino Named Most Valuable Player of Entire ASIAD 2014.

Though there were several controversies, the Games were deemed generally successful. It’s considered a winning event due to low hosting cost and with the rising standard of competition amongst the Asian nations.

The cost of the Games was estimated at approximately US$1.62 billion, with the Korean government and Incheon government covering 19% and 78.9% respectively.

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