Asian Games

– Asia’s Olympic boss said Sunday that niche events like kabaddi, sepak takraw and wushu would remain in the Asian Games despite pressure to reduce the number of sports.

Olympic Council of Asia president Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah said the three disciplines, little known outside the region, helped make the Asian Games distinct.

“We have to respect Asian tradition and Asian sport,” the Kuwaiti said in Incheon, South Korea, at the 17th Asiad.

“We cannot speak about South Asia without kabaddi, we cannot speak about Southeast Asia without sepak takraw, you cannot speak about East Asia without wushu.”