The 14th Asian Games were held in Busan, South Korea from September 29 to October 14, 2002. A total number of 7,556 athletes competed, coming from 44 countries. There were 38 sporting events and 18,000 journalists, officials and athletes.
It was the first time in the history of the Asian Games that all 44 member nations of the Olympic Council of Asia participated. That included North Korea, which sent an unprecedented delegation to South Korea, and Afghanistan, which returned to the Asian Games for the first time since the Taliban had come to power. Body building made its debut as an event.
The image shows a sculpture of the mascot of the 14th Asian Games which is called "Duria" standing in the street in Busan Monday, September 23, 2002. Busan, the third largest container port city in the world as well as the marine capital of the Republic of Korea, has made preparation for the 14 Asian Games which will be held in the city from September 29 to October 14.