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FILE – The Unified Korea delegation parades through the opening ceremony of the 2018 Asian Video games on the Gelora Bung Karno fundamental stadium in Jakarta on August 18, 2018. (Photograph by SONNY TUMBELAKA / AFP)

The Asian Video games can be a “new starting” for South Korean sport, a high official stated, with badminton world primary An Se-young spearheading the nation’s largest-ever staff on the competitors.

The Video games begin within the Chinese language metropolis of Hangzhou on September 23 and South Korea will take 867 athletes to the Olympic-sized occasion.

South Korea has persistently completed second within the medals desk behind China on the Video games, however slipped to 3rd in 2018, with China and Japan forward of them.

“This 12 months’s Asian Video games will mark the brand new starting for South Korean sports activities,” Yonhap information company quoted Lee Kee-heung, president of the Korean Sport And Olympic Committee, as saying on Tuesday in Seoul.

“We’ve got been making progress in many alternative sports activities and have seen the emergence of younger athletes.

“I can’t wait to see our athletes deal with challenges at this 12 months’s Asian Video games.”

Chief amongst South Korea’s hopes for gold is the 21-year-old An, who has loved a breakout 12 months, rising to primary in girls’s badminton and successful the world title.

The Video games have been postponed by a 12 months due to Covid and An believes these additional 12 months have been to her profit.

“I feel this previous 12 months has given me a possibility to develop,” Yonhap quoted her as saying.

An, who was dumped out early on the Jakarta Asian Video games in 2018, added: “I used to be one of many youngest athletes and I largely stayed within the shadows.

“This time I’m going in with a fairly robust observe document of success.

“That’s the massive distinction.”

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