Sun, Oct 05, 2014 - Page 20 News List

China-dominated Asian Games close

POWERHOUSE:China won 151 gold medals, S Korea 79 and Japan 47. Two top N Koreans attended the closing ceremony after a Games that had Pyongyang ‘ecstatic’

AP, INCHEON, South Korea

However, officials said the other athletes — including a soft tennis player from Cambodia and a soccer player from Tajikistan — were likely to have ingested banned stimulants without knowing or deliberately intending to cheat.

Organizers and OCA officials acknowledged the cost of hosting the Asian Games continues to be a problem.

Incheon’s organizing committee had to work on a reduced budget and touted the event as a model for cheaper, more streamlined Asian Games in the future. Even so, the Incheon games and related infrastructure projects reportedly cost about US$2 billion.

Saying it simply cannot afford such a burden, Vietnam announced it had relinquished its right to hold the next Games.

Jakarta will instead be the host in 2018.

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