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11 Dec 2018
Mongolia’s Batbayar earns early birthday gift with new personal best

Hangzhou, China, December 11, 2018: Mongolians are famous for their strength and power in the traditional Olympic sports of wrestling and judo.

But Enkhkhuslen Batbayar displayed a more graceful touch by showing her prowess in the pool on Tuesday, swimming to victory in her heat of the women’s 200m freestyle at the 14th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) in Hangzhou.

Batbayar, who will celebrate her 17th birthday on Friday, Dec....

11 Dec 2018
China’s World Cup ended by France

Odisha, India, December 10, 2018: China’s debut appearance at the Hockey Men’s World Cup ended with France pipping them 1-0 in a cross-over match to secure a place in the last eight on Monday in Bhubaneswar.

France eked out a narrow win with the lone goal in the match coming in the 36th minute from the stick of Timothee Clement. China, down to nine men in the final minutes of the encounter, had two chances to draw level but failed to convert ....

11 Dec 2018
FINA, Yakult drink to 10-year sponsorship extension

Hangzhou, China, December 11, 2018: The popular health drink Yakult signed a 10-year sponsorship extension with world aquatics governing body FINA on the sidelines of the 14th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) in Hangzhou on Tuesday afternoon. The partnership began in 2005 and will now continue until 2028.

FINA was represented by its President, Dr Julio C. Maglione, at the official signing ceremony, and Yakult by its general manager, Ma....

11 Dec 2018
Asian Games gold medalists win top badminton award

Guangzhou, China, December 11, 2018: Asian Games gold medalists and Indonesia’s all-conquering Men’s Doubles team of Marcus Gideon and Kevin Sukamuljo were crowned Badminton World Federation Male Player of the Year at a glittering awards show on Monday.

The pair, affectionately known as the ‘Minions', claimed top honours for the second straight year having won the Male Player of the Year title in 2017 too. The only other person to do this was....

11 Dec 2018
World champion Momota learns HSBC World Tour Finals fate

Guangzhou, China, December 11, 2018: Japan’s world champion and world number one Kento Momota has avoided his major rivals in the preliminary round of the 2018 HSBC Badminton World Federation World Tour Finals in Monday's draw.

The explosive Momota, 22, was drawn with Indonesia’s Tommy Sugiarto, world number 10, Thailand's Kantaphon Wangcharoen, world number 17, and Sameer Verma of India, world number 14, in Group B at the inaugural World Tou....

10 Dec 2018
Young Indian athletes learn about life after sport

New Delhi, India, December 10, 2018: The Indian Olympic Association held its first ever International Olympic Committee Athlete Career Programme workshop with around 32 athletes, among them ace shooter Manu Bhaker, attending the inaugural event on Sunday.

The young elite athletes aged between 16 and 22 years attended the workshop aimed at providing them with the resources and training required to overcome the challenges of handling dual caree....

10 Dec 2018
Hangzhou 2018 could lead to Hangzhou 2022 for Jordanian teen

Hangzhou, China, December 10, 2018: The road to the top has to start somewhere – and Leedia Al-Safadi of Jordan hopes that Hangzhou 2018 will be the first step on the ladder to swimming success.

The 15-year-old Jordanian will be making her international debut at the 14th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m), which run from December 11-16 in the 2022 Asian Games host city of Hangzhou.

And while her three teammates have all compete....

09 Dec 2018
Personal bests, national records are the targets for Sri Lankan swimmers

Hangzhou, China, December 9, 2018: For some athletes here at the 14th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m), only a gold medal will suffice.

For others, a place on the podium will be cause for celebration, while the smaller teams have different goals and challenges altogether amongst the world’s elite in the short-course pool.

Take the example of Sri Lanka, who are in Hangzhou with four swimmers and accept that the competition wil....

09 Dec 2018
FINA becomes 40th ITA partner

Hangzhou, China, December 9, 2018: World aquatics governing body FINA signed an anti-doping service agreement on Sunday afternoon with the International Testing Agency (ITA) - a Switzerland-based non-profit foundation which provides independent, expert anti-doping services.

The signing ceremony was held at the conclusion of the “Anti-Doping – Ensuring Fair Play in Aquatics” topic at the fifth FINA World Aquatics Convention in Hangzhou.

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08 Dec 2018
China face France in battle to reach last eight at World Cup

Odisha, India, December 8, 2018: China made it through to the knockout stages at the Hockey Men’s World Cup despite being thumped 11-0 by two-time defending champions Australia in their final pool game in Bhubaneswar.

China, playing for the first time at the World Cup, finished third in Pool B behind the reigning world champions Australia and England, and will now meet France on Monday as the 16-team showpiece enters the knockout phase.

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