The fast-paced game of sepaktakraw

Athletics, Asian Style

Asian sports you've never seen before

BY STEVEN BESCHLOSS | Photo by Stanley Chou/Getty Images

If you're a sports lover who can't wait until the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Olympics, the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea, this fall (Sept. 19-Oct. 4) offer a quick fix of your favorite events. But you also can discover some competition new to your Western eyes.

In the fast-moving, high-flying sepaktakraw, players use their feet, knees, chest, and head to move a small ball back and forth across a net. In Kabaddi, a twist on wrestling, two teams of seven tackle opposing players to score points. Wushu delivers jumps, kicks, spins, and other visually stunning aerial moves that might make you search for wires or other tricks used in martial arts films.

Incheon, a coastal city of 2.8 million that's less than 20 miles from Seoul, also will be on display. Expect surprises, starting with the airport: Incheon International provides a 24-hour spa with sleeping rooms, a first-run movie theater, an indoor ice-skating rink, and even a golf course minutes away.

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