South Korea on Tuesday vowed to fend off its longtime sporting rival Japan. They aim to secure second place at the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia. The promise of victory for Korea in the Asian Games is very high.
Korean Sport & Olympic Committee (KSOC) President Lee Kee-heung said that South Korea aims to finish second in the medal standings. Their goal is to go home with at least 65 gold, 71 silver and 72 bronze.
“Our goal is clear, which is to secure second place for six consecutive events,” Lee said in a media event held at National Training Center in Jincheon. Jincheon is in the North Chungcheong Province. “But we know this is not going to be easy this time as Japan made big investments and boosted its competiveness in sports.”
Korea in the Asian Games
The 18th Asian Games will open in the two co-host cities of Jakarta and Palembang on Aug. 18 and wrap up on Sept. 2. Jakarta houses venues for athletics, badminton, basketball, swimming, baseball, archery and fencing, among others. Palembang will host sports including football, tennis, bowling, beach volleyball, rowing and shooting.
Some 10,000 athletes and officials from 45 nations will compete for medals in 463 events in 40 sports. The sheer number of teams, players, and events are enough for sports betting websites to get busy. And all of the countries who joined are all looking forward to seeing the events from beginning to end.
South Korea will send 1,012 athletes and officials in 39 of 40 sports, the lone exception being bridge, for Jakarta-Palembang Asian Games.
In addition, the 2018 Asian Games are taking place prior to the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. This means that the Asian games will allow for Asia’s athletes to see their competition. Of course, it is a great opportunity for the top athletes to scope out their future competitors.