I felt so lucky to be in Seoul as the big Asian event – 17th Asian game was running in Incheon. Since my friend from Hong Kong is one of the representatives for Hong Kong girl squash team, and I wanted to watch any of the Asian game matches, therefore, I chose to watch squash competition at last.
It was on the 24th September. The competition was held in Yeorumul Squash Court. I took the wrong line of the subway since it was quite far from Shinchon and still, I was not too familiar with the subway system. As I interchanged station in Guro to Dongam of blue line 1, I saw a slight difference for people in the train from the familiar green line 2. There were more elderly in the train. I was surprised to be asked to sit down by a kind lady. I felt like people have warmer hospitality than those from the city centre.
After I entered the competition venue, I sit in front of the court that Hong Kong was playing with China. There were a few spectators as I expected. As I know, squash is not a popular sport among all so it is really common to have a few spectators. There were 4 courts undergoing competitions in the venue. I looked around and I was shocked to see at the middle of the venue, there were full of people. I was wondering if the game was exciting so I walked towards that court. It was hard to get there because there were really a lot of people. Even the staff was heading there to see the game. I finally found a space. It was the women game which South Korea versus Japan and the score was even. I was really shocked by the full house spectators. Most of them are Korean and what surprised me most is that many of them got banners or cheering tools. They yelled the cheering songs and slogans loudly to support the Korean team.
At the same time, my Hong Kong friend had finished the game and came to me. She was also attracted by the loud cheering sound and was curious about the people. She said, “It would be so good if Hong Kong would ever have so many people...
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