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New Delhi loses bid

Kuwait: New Delhi's bid to host the 2014 Asian Games came unstuck as the Olympic Council Asia awarded the multi-sport event to South Korean city of Incheon on Tuesday.

The Games was awarded to Incheon by the 45-member General Assembly of the OCA at the conclusion of its two-day meeting here.

New Delhi was bidding to bring back the continental mega event to the Indian soil after a gap of 32 years, having last organised the same in 1982.

The Indian capital was also the host for the inaugural edition of the sporting extravaganza, which is second only to the Olympics in terms of number of disciplines, in 1951.

Korea will be hosting the Games for a third time, with Seoul and Busan having conducted it in 1986 and 2002 respectively.

Big offer

Incheon seemed to have clinched the bid with its offer of $20 million for training, equipment and other facilities for the participating nations.

In its bid-presentation earlier in the day, the South Korean delegation had also emphasised on the high-tech facilities that will be available to the athletes. — PTI

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