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Asian Games: No 'penalty' for Vietnam pullout

Published on Apr 24, 2014 4:55 PM

(AFP) - Vietnam will not face any penalty for withdrawing from hosting the 2019 Asian Games, the influential Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) said on Thursday.

OCA president Sheikh Ahmad Al Fahad Al Sabah made the comment after a Vietnamese delegation expressed regret for the withdrawal during a visit to the body's headquarters in Kuwait.

"The unique (nature) of Asian sports is our strong unity and solidarity, which will be on top of any kind of penalty within (the) Asia sports family," he said in a statement.

"Our unity and solidarity are very unique - there isn't any kind of penalty, but support and understanding," he added.

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