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Gangnam Style for the OCA young reporters
Olympic Park, Gangnam Style for OCA’s young reporters


04 Jul 2013
Incheon, Korea: A trip to Incheon for the 4th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games would not be the same without a look into Korea’s rich sporting past – and current popular culture boom. So, after six days of stadiums visits, press conferences, interviews and articles, it was time for the OCA’s two Youth Reporter Project representatives here in Korea to take a break from the action and head to the capital Seoul on Thursday.

At the top of the tour schedule for Jonathan Raj, 16, from Malaysia, and Annie Lai On Nei, 15, from Macau, China, was a trip to Olympic Park. Despite the drizzle on a cloudy, humid day, the young reporters sampled the atmosphere of the 1988 Seoul Olympics by checking out the displays and strolling along the impressive flag plaza.

The flame of peace was still burning brightly, and the original flags from the opening ceremony were flying in the breeze as the OCA young reporters stepped back in time to recall the memorable Seoul Olympics.

Of particular interest was the fact that 160 flags were on display, as opposed to over 200 in London last summer, showing the changing world since 1988 and the addition of new, independent countries from the break-up of the former Soviet Union among other developments.

Jonathan tracked down the Malaysian mementos on display, while Annie focused on China and Hong Kong as Macau does not compete in the Olympic Games.

The two young reporters, along with their guests and representatives from OCA and organising committee IAGOC, also called at a couple of famous shopping districts in downtown Seoul and enjoyed a classic Korean lunch of ginseng chicken soup with side orders of kimchee and spicy radish.

To complete their Korean experience, they ended the day with a trip to the trendy Gangnam District and a chance to pose for a souvenir photo at the “Gangnam Style” exhibit, made famous around the world by singer Psy’s iconic video.

Friday will be back to business, with interviews at the Athletes’ Village and an afternoon trip to watch the Dance Sport at Samsan World Gymnasium.

The OCA began the Youth Reporter Project in 2012 as part of the Fun Run and Learn series to promote the 17th Asian Games, Incheon 2014, and has conducted it with eight NOCs.
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