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22 Jan 2020
Mongolia to train with Euro powers in 3x3 basketball build-up

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, January 22, 2020: Mongolia’s 3x3 men’s basketball team's campaign to win a ticket to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics stepped up a notch when the national team left for a training and competition stint in Europe on Tuesday, January 21.

The Mongolian 3x3 men’s basketball team will take part in joint training with leading basketball countries Serbia and Slovenia before taking part in a six-team tournament in Novi Sad, Serbia on Fe....

22 Jan 2020
Riyadh to host FIBA 3x3 World Tour Final in November

Mies, Switzerland, January 22, 2020: The final of the flagship competition of the FIBA 3x3 professional season will be held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in November 2020.

FIBA, the International Basketball Federation, has announced that the 3x3 World Tour will expand from 12 to 14 events this year, with the final to take place in the Saudi capital.

The season will open in Doha, Qatar, on April 2-3 with the final returning to the Middle E....

22 Jan 2020
Japanese women become first Asian team to win ice hockey gold in Olympic event

Lausanne, Switzerland, January 21, 2020: Japan completed a fairytale run to win the women’s ice hockey title at the Winter Youth Olympic Games on Tuesday, beating defending champions Sweden 4-1 in the final.

Both sides had been unbeaten on the road to the final, but - up against a team who had won the last two Youth Olympic titles - the Japanese went in as underdogs.

In defying the odds they also made history by becoming the first A....

22 Jan 2020
Hirano gold, Hirano silver for Japan in men’s snowboard halfpipe

Lausanne, Switzerland, January 21, 2020: Japanese snowboarder Ruka Hirano believes a “Hirano 1-2-3” could be achieved at the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games.

“It’s very possible - and it would be very cool,” he said, shortly after winning the Winter Youth Olympic Games men’s halfpipe gold medal on Tuesday. “But I want the gold.”

Ruka had just pipped Kaishu Hirano (JPN) to the title at Lausanne 2020. The two are unrelated, but Kais....

21 Jan 2020
China’s golden girl Gu inspires new generation at Winter YOG

Lausanne, Switzerland, January 20, 2020: The world’s best young freestyle skiers revelled in the chance to inspire a new generation as crowds of kids packed the slopes for the women’s freeski halfpipe and men’s freeski slopestyle finals on Monday.

The rescheduling of the slopestyle finals from Sunday gave the relatively recent sport an enhanced stage and, with schools from all over the region flocking to the Leysin Park and Pipe Centre, it to....

21 Jan 2020
Koreans clean up again in Winter YOG short track

Lausanne, Switzerland, January 20, 2020: Korean athletes confirmed their dominance of short track speed skating at the Lausanne 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games by taking gold in the men’s and ladies’ 500m events on Monday. This gave the Koreans all four gold medals contested so far.

Seo Whi-min won the ladies’ event to complete a Winter YOG double after her victory in the 1,000m on Saturday.

Lee Jeong-min turned the tables on his te....

21 Jan 2020
Ono leads Japanese 1-2 in women’s snowboard halfpipe

Lausanne, Switzerland, January 20, 2020: To say that Japan dominated the snowboard women’s halfpipe competition at the Winter Youth Olympic Games on Monday would be an understatement.

Gold medal-winner Mitsuki Ono finished first in all five runs – two in qualifying and three in the finals – and her teammate Manon Kaji was right behind her with five consecutive second-placed finishes to take the silver medal in a Japanese 1-2.

Ono, 1....

21 Jan 2020
IOC: Winter YOG whets the appetite for Beijing 2022

Lausanne, Switzerland, January 20, 2020: The International Olympic Committee (www.olympic.org) looks ahead to the next Olympic Winter Games and speaks to one of the star performers at the Winter Youth Olympic Games about her expectations for Beijing 2022.

“Beijing 2022 is a huge opportunity because a lot of people in China are turning their attention to sports that they didn’t know existed before,” said Chinese freestyle skier Eileen Gu Ailin....

21 Jan 2020
Bhutan hunts for young talent in athletics

Thimphu, Bhutan, January 21, 2020: Fifty participants are taking part in a two-and-a-half week long ‘Winter Youth Enrichment Camp’ as the Bhutan Amateur Athletic Federation goes in search of young talent for its national team.

The camp, which got underway on January 12 and will go on until the end of this month, has attracted 50 participants from different districts in the country in different events.

The talent search is hoping to ....

21 Jan 2020
Hockey India donates US$25,000 to Australian bushfire crisis

New Delhi, India, January 21, 2020: Hockey India has donated US$25,000 to the Red Cross Bushfire Appeal to support Australia during their current bushfire crisis.

Apart from the money, Hockey India also provided four signed jerseys to be auctioned with all proceeds going to the cause.

Hockey Australia President Melanie Woosnam thanked Hockey India for the contribution.

“I want to note the wonderful support we have received....

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