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Asian envoys prove it’s not winning that counts

Aug 27,2008
Although decidedly more modest than the Beijing Olympics, a sports event held last weekend by a group of Asian diplomats showed no less effectively that competition is all about goodwill.

Some 100 members of the Asean Committee in Seoul, all Seoul-based diplomats representing the 10 member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nation, gathered for the ACS Friendly Games on Saturday and Sunday.

The event, which was also held in celebration of the 41st anniversary of Asean on Aug. 8, featured four events: bowling, badminton, tennis and table tennis.

Indonesia won the team tournament in bowling. Laos won the badminton team event, while Vietnam won the tennis mixed doubles. Cambodian Ambassador Lim Samkol won the men’s table tennis singles.

At the end of the day, however, victory came second to friendship, according to the participants.

“In the spirit of sports diplomacy, we hold these games not just for health and recreation, but for greater understanding and camaraderie,” said Lee Kyung-soo, a Korean diplomat who serves as the director general of the ACS, during the event.

The games were held at Namyeong Bowling Center, Seoul Foreign School and the Indonesian Embassy.


By Moon Gwang-lip Staff Reporter[joe@joongang.co.kr]



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