South’s delegate urges calm after North’s attack

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South’s delegate urges calm after North’s attack

GUANGZHOU, China - The head of the South Korean athletic delegation to the Asian Games called for calm and stability among South Korean athletes on Wednesday, after North Korea fired artillery onto a South Korean island off its west coast on Tuesday.

Lee Kee-heung, the chief delegate, said he held a meeting with South Korean coaches from all sports still in competition here late Tuesday, after the North shelled South Korea’s Yeonpyeong Island, killing two marines, wounding several and setting houses on fire.

Lee said he asked coaches to help maintain stability within the South Korean delegation, especially since North Korea is also competing in the Asian Games.

“If young athletes read about this unfortunate event, they might get rattled,” Lee said. “I told coaches to ensure that their athletes don’t grow too concerned about these developments and stay focused on the task at hand.”

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