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2014 Asian Games Review


On September 20, 2014, I was able to attend the 17th Asian Games with the help of KTO (Korea Tourism Organization). They organized everything from transportation, meals, tickets, and other fun activities.

The game I watched was called "Sepaktakraw." To be honest, I had no idea what this game was going to be like. I searched on internet for some background information. "Sepaktakraw" is a kick volleyball game which originated from Southeast Asia. "Sepak" means to kick in Malay, and "takraw" means ball in Thai. Although Wiki states that there are three team members, I've seen two players on a team at the Games. For people who wants to learn more about Sepaktakraw, I'll leave you a link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sepak_takraw


At first, it was hard to decide which game to watch because there were three games being played simultaneously: men's double Japan vs Nepal, men's double Singapore vs Korea, and women's double Japan vs Korea. I ended up mainly watching the two Korean teams because their games were more intense.

It was quite impressed to see these players fly up in the air to kick and/or block the rattan ball. There were also many other enthusiasts who were screaming for Korea and other countries alike. I could also see other players who came to watch this game. 

The game is played in 2 sets with 2-minute game in between. The winning point for a set is 21 points, unless the point is tied at 20-20, the set shall be decided on a difference of two points, up to a ceiling of 25 points.

The last photo at the bottom right shows the final scores of the game:
Men’s Double
Japan
21
21
2 wins
Nepal
6
6


Men’s Double
Singapore
11
6

Korea
21
21
2 wins

Women’s Double
Japan
22
21
2 wins
Korea
20
16

I wish Korea had won, but it was still a good game.

After the game, other K-supporters and I moved on to enjoy other activities at other stadiums. We visited the KTO booth where we could try on hanbok, take surveys, receive acupuncture and massages, and get lots of gifts! We also participated in three different activities: Making Korean liquor, rice cake, or dumplings.
I joined the rice cake team and made really beautiful (highly biased) rice cakes. The result of our perfect work is shown below, along with the set of gifts I received at the booth.


After these activities, we moved on to dinner and had dakgalbi (stir fried marinated diced chicken in a gochujang based sauce and veggies) and came back to watch a showcase. The showcase was Nanta, a non-verbal comedy musical that incorporates traditional Korean percussion rhythm. The show was about three cooks preparing for a wedding banquet. It was quite interesting to watch as the musical also included audience participation, magic, and pantomime.

Thank you KTO for all your hard work to make this trip happen! I learned much from this experience and would love to go back to watch other games with my family.

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