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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) _ Afghanistan reportedly may take part in the Asian Games in South Korea this year.

The Malaysian national news agency, Bernama, reported Wednesday that officials from the Olympic Council of Asia told a games executive Afghanistan will send a contingent to the event this fall.

``That's the word from OCA ... but we have not had any contact with Afghanistan yet,'' said Jung Chung Il, deputy secretary general of the games' organizing committee.

The Asian Games will be held in Busan, South Korea, from Sept. 29-Oct. 14. Officials expect 7,000 athletes and 4,000 officials to participate in 420 events covering 38 sports.

Jung said Afghanistan would have until Aug. 31 to submit entries for the games, the Asian version of the Olympics.

Torn for years by civil strife and war, Afghanistan last participated in the Asian Games in Hiroshima in 1994.