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TUE, 2014-11-25  KST

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One month to go before start of Asian Games Incheon 2014
Updated: 2014-08-20 18:01:35 KST


Preparations are complete.
The venues are ready and the villages for the athletes and media are set to open their doors on September 5th.
The torch is on its way as well.
It's traveling through Gyeonggi-do province on this Wednesday with stops in the cities of Ansan and Suwon.
This will be the third time that Korea is playing host to Asia's biggest sporting event, and the home field advantage has Korean athletes feeling confident.
The team's goal is to earn at least 90 gold medals and place second overall after China.
The Korean baseball team, which has won the Asian Games a total of three times including four years ago in Guangzhou, is considered a favorite.


"Gold, gold, gold is the only word on our minds. But we are keeping a close eye on Japan, Taiwan and China as they have improved over the past few years as well."

A total of 439 golds in 36 sports will be up for grabs at the international event, during which nearly 10-thousand athletes from 45 different countries will compete.
One-hundred-fifty of the participants will come from North Korea.
A delegation from the North's Olympic Committee is currently in the South to participate in the group draws on Thursday for 10 different sports, including basketball, volleyball and football.
North Korea has placed first in women's football twice before, and are the favorites to win in Incheon.
Team North Korea's goal overall? Finishing in the top 10, something they accomplished when the games were held in the South Korean port city of Busan 12 years ago.
Song Ji-sun, Arirang News.

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