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Nepal to face Japan‚ Kuwait‚ Iraq in Asiad


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SEOUL: Hosts South Korea have been drawn with Malaysia, Saudi Arabia and Laos in the group stage of the Asian Games soccer tournament, organisers said on Thursday.

Among the other favourites for gold, defending champions Japan are grouped with Kuwait, Iraq and Nepal, while four-time winners Iran start their campaign in Group H with Vietnam and Kyrgyzstan.

The tournament kicks off on September 14, five days before the Asian Games open in Incheon, west of Seoul. The age limit for the men’s team is under 23, with three overage players allowed. Draws were also made for a range of other sports including rugby sevens, basketball and kabaddi, where India and Pakistan will play in the same group in the men’s tournament.

Wei Jizhong, honorary life vice president of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA), said the Games were a chance for the region to impress the world. “With nearly 10,000 athletes and 5,000 officials, the Asian Games is nearly on the same scale as the Olympic Games,” he said. “We can show to the world that Asia is in harmony and friendship,” Jizhong added.

Football Draw

• Group A: South Korea, Malaysia, Saudi Aravia, Laos

• Group B: Uzbekistan, Hong Kong, Bangladesh, Afghanistan

• Group C: Oman, Palestine, Singapore, Tajikistan

• Group D: Japan, Kuwait, Iraq, Nepal

• Group E: Thailand, Maldives, Timor-Leste, Indonesia

• Group F: North Korea, China, Pakistan

• Group G: UAE, India, Jordan

• Group H: Iran, Vietnam, Kyrgyzstan.

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