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12 Nov 2018
Eleven Asian NOCs qualify for ANOC World Beach Games

Lausanne, Switzerland, November 12, 2018: A total of 44 National Olympic Committees from all five Olympic continents have so far qualified for the ANOC World Beach Games San Diego 2019, the Association of National Olympic Committees announced on November 9.

The 44 include 11 Asian NOCs: China, Hong Kong-China, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Jordan, Kuwait, Malaysia, Mongolia, Qatar and Chinese Taipei (see details below).

With less than one....

12 Nov 2018
FIFA President hails ‘breakthrough’ as Iranian women attend football final in Tehran

Tehran, Iran, November 12, 2018: Hundreds of Iranian women attended the Asian Champions League football final in Tehran in a move which was hailed as a “victory” by Iranian media on Sunday.

Iranian giants Persepolis FC met Japan’s Kashima Antlers in the second leg of the Asian Football Confederation's showpiece club tournament at the 100,000-capacity Azadi Stadium in Tehran - which lived up to its name ‘freedom’ in Farsi - as authorities allo....

12 Nov 2018
Asian Games hero Xu breaks backstroke world record in Tokyo

Tokyo, Japan, November 12, 2018: World champion Xu Jiayu of China clocked a world record time in the men's 100 metres backstroke at the FINA Swimming World Cup in Tokyo on Sunday. On the final day of the three-day competition in the Tokyo Tatsumi International Swimming Centre, Xu swam a blistering 48.88 seconds for the title as well as a short course (25m) world record.

Australia's Mitchell Larkin was the closest rival in 49.54. Bronze medall....

12 Nov 2018
Coe calls for all countries to take part in 2019 World Athletics Championships in Qatar

Doha, Qatar, November 12, 2018: Sebastian Coe, President of the International Association of Athletics Federations, has urged all countries to participate at next year’s IAAF World Athletics Championships in Doha.

Lord Coe, who stressed that sports take precedence over politics, was speaking in the Qatari capital on Sunday when organisers launched ticket sales for the first major athletics showpiece to be held in the Middle East.

“I....

12 Nov 2018
Hong Kong’s hopes of Rugby World Cup qualification take a hit

Marseille, France, November 11, 2018: Hong Kong lost a tense encounter against Germany 26-9 in Marseille, France in the opening match of the Rugby World Cup 2019 four-team repechage tournament on Sunday.

With the score tied 9-9 after 60 minutes, Hong Kong suffered a blow when flanker Kane Boucaut received a yellow card, giving Germany a man advantage, and the Germans scored two tries late in the game to seal the victory.

“We’re real....

12 Nov 2018
IOC seeks initiatives on health and social benefits through sport

Lausanne, Switzerland, November 12, 2018: Four development grants each worth CHF 20,000 will be given by the IOC Sport and Active Society Commission to organisations that promote the health and social benefits of sport and participation in regular physical activity.

According to the World Health Organisation, one in four adults is not active enough, and more than 80 per cent of the world’s adolescent population is insufficiently physically ac....

09 Nov 2018
Cuba to help Kazakhstan in boxing and wrestling

Astana, Kazakhstan, November 9, 2018: Cuba will help Kazakhstan develop sports such as boxing, judo, wrestling and volleyball, according to a senior official of the National Olympic Committee of Kazakhstan.

A bilateral meeting between top official from the Kazakhstan Olympic Committee and the Embassy of Cuba in Kazakhstan on Friday resulted in both parties discussing joint cooperation in the future.

The meeting was held at the Kazak....

09 Nov 2018
Tokyo meetings to conclude with IOC President’s review

Tokyo, Japan, November 9, 2018: A hectic few days of Olympic-related meetings in Tokyo later this month will end with a press conference by the President of the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach.

Following on from the OCA’s Athletes Forum on November 24-25 and the ANOC General Assembly on November 28-29, the IOC Executive Board will hold a two-day meeting on November 30 and December 1.

The last act will be the IOC Preside....

09 Nov 2018
Sambo President highlights Asian Games success

Bucharest, Romania, November 9, 2018: The 30th Congress of the International Sambo Federation (FIAS) was held in Bucharest, Romania, on November 8 with the participation of delegates from 73 countries and regions.

The welcoming address was given by the FIAS head Vasily Shestakov, who said: “This Congress is held shortly before a significant event, the 80th anniversary of our favourite sport.

“Today, Sambo is successfully expanding t....

09 Nov 2018
Chinese Taipei NOC signs cooperation agreement with Honduras NOC

Taipei, November 9, 2018: The Chinese Taipei Olympic Committee (CTOC) and the Honduras Olympic Committee (COH) signed a Bilateral Cooperation Agreement on Thursday, November 8. Mr Lin Hong-Dow, President of CTOC, and Ms Ana Joselina Fortin Pineda, Vice President of COH, on behalf of COH President Mr Salvador Jiménez Caceres, inked the agreement as the main signatories.

Mr Gerardo Alfonso Fajardo Fernandez, President of the Autonomous Sports C....

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