A bigger story coming out of Incheon, though, is the rash of controversies, from doping to questionable judging - and questionable air systems - that seemed to favor the hosts, and continued concern over nationalized 'imported' athletes. To be fair, any large multi-sport event tends to draw a range of large and small controversy, but something about South Korea seems to be bring out a larger share of curious judging incidents, particularly in boxing. Anyone else remember the '88 Games where Roy Jones Jr was 'beaten' by his South Korean opponent?
But I think the biggest story should be the concern over cost and interest, as there were wide reports of empty seats (only 18% percent of all tickets sold a day before the Opening Ceremony??) and rising debts now earned by Incheon to cover the infrastructure cost. A worrying indicator of further discontent is that - does this sound familiar? - Vietnam pulled out of the 2018 hosting bid because of cost, and leaving only Indonesia as the default host. That's a far larger concern, and although athletes may cherish the Asiads as an exclusive opportunity to excel in Olympic-style multi-sport events amongst their regional peers, the rising costs and demands on hosts may prove a challenge too difficult to overcome.