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JAPAN GETTING A BOOST FROM SOUTH KOREA'S ASIAN GAMES WIN?
Published May 25, 1995
The selection of Pusan, South Korea, as the site for the 2002 Asian Games "is likely to work in favor of Japan's bid for the World Cup finals in the same year," according to Japanese sports sources cited by KYODO NEWS. Pusan beat out Kaohsiung, Taiwan, for the Asian Games in a vote Tuesday by the Olympic Council of Asia. South Korea and Japan are the finalists to host the 2002 World Cup, the first to be held in Asia. Japanese sources note, "since the Asian Games are a big athletic extravaganza, South Korea's financial burden would be staggering if the World Cup was held in the same country in the same year." Other sources quote anonymous FIFA officials who say the organization "is of the view that no major world event should be held in a country where a big continental meet is slated" (KYODO NEWS, 5/24).