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Korean swimming hero Park Tae-hwan with the two OCA young reporters.

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OCA Young Reporters sample the high life

Date : 02 Jul 2013

Incheon, Korea: The OCA's two young reporters attending the 4th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in Incheon, Korea, experienced a packed programme on Tuesday - in other words, a typical day in the life of a sports reporter at a major multi-sport event. The day began with a trip to the International Zone of the Athletes' Village at POSCO Research and Development Centre, where the two students - Annie Lai On Nei, 15, from Macau, China, and Jonathan Raj, 16, from Malaysia - were in the spotlight themselves thanks to the prestigious KBS broadcast company.

A team from KBS, led by news reporter Park Ye Won and camera journalist Lee Chang Joon, put together a short news item on the OCA's Youth Reporter Project representatives as part of their AIMAG coverage.

After being filmed interviewing one of the OCA's most experienced and respected advisers, Dr Santi from Thailand, the two youngsters called at the Sports Information Centre to check out the Games Info System and chat with Games organisers and volunteers about their roles in the daily operations.

From there they went to the billiards venue to watch the action from the press seats, and then to the Main Media Centre work room, where they were interviewed by the Incheon Asian Games Organising Committee's Online PR Manager, Oh Sei-eun.

After a quick lunch at a restaurant across the road from the Media Centre, it was time to hit the road again with an afternoon at the Samsan World Gymnasium to watch the e-sports competition FIFA 13. The Malaysian Youth Reporter, Jonathan Raj, was delighted to see his country win the bronze medal, giving him the opportunity to chat with the medal-winner and the Malaysian contingent cheering him on.

Still the day was not done, and they headed off to the swimming venue to meet Korea's Olympic swimming hero, Park Tae-hwan. Although he is not competing in the AIMAG, Park is a goodwill ambassador for the 17th Asian Games in Incheon next year and his appearance at a signing ceremony attracted a long queue of admirers, mostly young females.

Park was very generous in posing for photos alongside the two young reporters after the official autograph session was over, even signing souvenirs, too, before being led through the screaming crowds to his transport. From interviews with TV and online media, different sports and friendly athletes, the two OCA young reporters enjoyed a day to remember and experienced first-hand the excitement of a multi-sport games.

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