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Dialogue This Week: Dialogue with industry experts on the upcoming sports events slated for 2022
Updated: 2022-01-07 06:08:52 KST
Welcome to Dialogue This Week.
In this corner we invite guests from in and out of Korea to talk about a wide variety of issues ranging from culture and sports, to the latest trends around the world.

Though the COVID-19 pandemic stays with us even in to the New Year, it doesn't mean our favorite sports events will go away.
In fact, there are many sporting events to look forward to in 2022 in what's being dubbed a year of "mega sports events".
These include the Beijing Winter Olympics which is set to kick off next month, the 19th Asian Games Hangzhou scheduled for September and of course the 2022 Qatar World Cup- which is in store for November.

To get a glimpse into what we can expect at this year's games and which athletes to keep a closer eye on, we are joined by sports commentator and actor [Jaemin Park] and [Jargal Sukhbaatar, the Competition Department Director of the Mongolian Football Federation, who is also a Match Commissioner at both FIFA and AFC] joining us-both via Skype.

Good morning to you both, thank you so much for joining us.
Well it seems like we have an exciting line up for sports in 2022, so let's start right away,
Jae-min, like I've mentioned,

1. (PARK) The 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics is set to kick off on February 4th until the 20th and is just a little under a month away from us This is the first Winter Olympics, and the second Olympics to be held amid the pandemic since you've had experience as a sports commentator for snowboarding and basketball
at the PyeongChang and Tokyo Olympics respectively What significance does this event have in the sports world - for both the fans and athletes?

2. I assume many of our viewers will be excited for the games as much as I am, now let's bring (JARGAL) into the conversation, Jargal, how do you see things?
You're a Match Commissioner for both FIFA and AFC and leading up to the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar in November, which we will get to talk about in detail a little later,.. there are numerous football association league matches.
How significant is it that football, or soccer, matches returned a step closer to "normal" this year?

3. That's something good to hear coming especially at this time (PARK) Now, let's take a look at the Olympics in detail first Jae-min, the last Winter Olympics were held here in South Korea, in Pyeongchang.
Other than the omnipresent coronavirus, what's new for this year? And are there any new events that have been added to the program for the upcoming Beijing Olympics?

4. I must look out for it- (PARK) According to Gracenote, the leader in entertainment metadata, South Korea can hope for 5 gold, 4 silver, and 2 bronze medals at this year's Olympics.
Jae-min, what do you think about this? can you walk us through, what events South Korea is strong in, Are there any specific performances we should look out for?

5. (PARK) Then I must ask, what excites you the most about the Winter Olympics and do we have any rising star athletes from non-Korean teams?

6. (JARGAL) Now let's turn to Jargal,.. later this year, in September, from the 10th to the 25th, the 19th Asian Games will be held in China, again, in the city of Hangzhou.
I'v heard that the Asian Games were not supposed to overlap with the World Cup in the year that it is hosted What happened? And so from now on, are we expecting this overlap to continue every 4 years?

7. (PARK) At the 2018 Asian Games held in Indonesia, "e-sports" were featured as a demonstration sport meaning medals won in the sport were not officially counted. And now these "e-sports" are set to make an official debut at this year's Asian Games. What exactly are "e-sports"?

8. (JARGAL) Now let's turn our discussion to the World Cup, the 2022 FIFA World Cup is being hosted by Qatar this year in November. Isn't the World Cup usually scheduled for the summer time?
What else is different about this year's World Cup?

9. (JARGAL) November is a long time away from now But as a match commissioner yourself, do you see Qatar to be well on their way in terms of preparation to host the World Cup?

10. (JARGAL) Only around half of the participating 32 teams have been confirmed. When will we know about South Korea's qualifying standing?

11. And lastly before we let you go, (PARK) Jae-min, who, or what nations, are on your radar for World Cup performances?

Alright I'll make sure to keep an eye on them as well, but I'm afraid we will have to wrap up it up at this point.
Thank you so much Jae-min and Jargal for your contributions to our show, I wish you all the luck in your future endeavors, and hope to talk to you again soon
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