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01 Apr 2020
Asian Games women’s basketball silver medallist Park named MVP in Korea

Seoul, Korea, April 1, 2020: A key member of the Unified Korea women’s basketball team at the 18th Asian Games has been voted Most Valuable Player of the South Korean women’s professional basketball league for season 2019-2020.

Star guard Park Hye-jin, who won a silver medal at the 18th Asian Games 2018 in Jakarta as part of the joint women’s basketball team from North and South Korea, was announced MVP on March 31 following a season cut shor....

01 Apr 2020
Tokyo 2020 postponement a 'blessing in disguise' for Sri Lanka’s top marathon runner

Colombo, Sri Lanka, April 1, 2020: Sri Lanka’s top marathon runner and South Asian Games gold medallist Hiruni Wijayaratne says the decision to postpone the Tokyo 2020 Olympics by one year is a “blessing” for her as it gives her more time to prepare and qualify for the Games.

The US-based Wijayaratne was in a tough race against time to qualify for the Olympics this summer as she was recovering from a severe lung infection, but the decision by....

01 Apr 2020
Qatar NOC stands in solidarity with IOC

Doha, Qatar, April 1, 2020: The President of the Qatar Olympic Committee, HE Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad Al-Thani, has reiterated the QOC's commitment to the International Olympic Committee and the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

Speaking during a video conference call with IOC President Thomas Bach and representatives of Continental Associations and National Olympic Committees on March 27, HE Sheikh Joaan emphasized the total support of His Highness Am....

01 Apr 2020
BWF freezes badminton world rankings

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, March 31, 2020: The Badminton World Federation (BWF) has announced that it has frozen World Rankings and World Junior Rankings until further notice.

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the badminton community has experienced an unprecedented suspension to international tournaments from mid-March 2020 to the end of April 2020.

At present, it is difficult to predict when the next international tournament will take pl....

01 Apr 2020
OCA pays respects to former Vice President ‘Bob’ Hasan

Kuwait City, Kuwait, April 1, 2020: The Olympic Council of Asia would like to express its deepest condolences to the Indonesian Olympic Committee on the passing of long-serving athletics patron Mohamad “Bob” Hasan.

The renowned business tycoon and former minister died of lung cancer at the Gatot Subroto Army Hospital in Central Jakarta on Tuesday, March 31. He was 89.

He was a former Vice President of the OCA and former President of....

31 Mar 2020
World Athletics Championships to move to 2022

Lausanne, Switzerland, March 30, 2020: World Athletics issued a press release on March 30 following the announcement of the new dates for the Tokyo Olympic Games.

The statement read: “The IOC, IPC, Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government announced that the postponed 2020 Games will take place from 23 July to 8 August, 2021.

“We support the new 2021 dates for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games announced today ....

31 Mar 2020
FINA statement on new dates for Tokyo 2020, plans for Fukuoka 2021

Lausanne, Switzerland, March 30, 2020: World governing body FINA welcomes the announcement of the new dates for Tokyo 2020 – July 23 to August 8, 2021 – and the clarity it brings.

In a statement issued on March 30, FINA President Dr. Julio C. Maglione said: “Faced with the unprecedented need to reschedule the Olympic Games, our friends at the IOC and Tokyo 2020 have reacted with great speed and professionalism.

“To already know the ....

31 Mar 2020
Maldivian athletes get government boost with loan and health insurance plan

Male, Maldives, March 31, 2020: The Maldivian government will introduce a loan scheme and a health insurance scheme for its athletes. President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih announced the decision in his presidential address to the parliament last month.

President Solih revealed that the government was working to bring in a loan scheme to assist athletes who retire after representing the country for at least five years in any sport.

The sch....

31 Mar 2020
IOC announces new dates for Tokyo 2020 Olympics, Paralympics

Lausanne, Switzerland, March 30, 2020: The International Olympic Committee, the International Paralympic Committee, the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and the Government of Japan today (Monday, March 30) agreed new dates for the Games of the XXXII Olympiad in 2021.

The Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 will be celebrated from July 23 to August 8, 2021. The Paralympic Games will be held from August 24 to September 5,....

30 Mar 2020
World Athletics wishes speedy recovery to Asian Games champ Hadadi

Tehran, Iran, March 30, 2020: World Athletics has sent a “get well soon” message to Iran’s four-time Asian Games discus champion Ehsan Hadadi.

The 35-year-old track and field athlete, who won a silver medal at the London 2012 Olympics, has contracted the novel coronavirus.

In a tweet, World Athletics said: “We've received word that Iranian discus thrower @EhsanHadadi has tested positive for Coronavirus. We wish him a full and swift ....

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