The Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) and the Incheon Asian Games Organising Committee (IAGOC) have decided to retain kabaddi and cricket while throwing out cue sports and chess from the programme for the 2014 Games.

The decision was arrived at in the recent meetings held between the OCA and the IAGOC in Muscat, Oman, during the Asian Beach Games.

The Incheon Games will have 28 Olympic sports, plus seven other sports. The recent Asiad had 42 disciplines.

At the Guangzhou General Assembly meeting of the OCA, Korea had proposed baseball, bowling, kabaddi, sepak takraw, softball, squash and wushu as additional sports, but eventually, the OCA managed to retain cricket and karatedo while omitting softball, allowing a total of 36 sports.

It was decided that no additional sports would be added to the 2014 programme.

The exclusion of cue sports and chess was on expected lines, though a final decision was dependent on the meeting in Muscat.

India won three medals including the billiards gold in cue sports in the Guangzhou Asiad, and two medals in chess.

India also won both the gold medals in kabaddi.

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