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20 Jan 2020
Hong Kong, China NOC announces public voting for sports stars awards

Hong Kong, China, January 20, 2020: The Sports Federation and Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, China held a press conference at D?Park on Sunday, January 19 to announce the start of public voting for the Cathay Pacific 2019 Hong Kong Sports Stars Awards.

The officiating VIPs were Dr. Karl C. Kwok, Vice President of the Federation; Mr. Edward Bell, General Manager, Brand, Insights and Marketing Communications of Cathay Pacific; Mr. Henry Wong Y....

20 Jan 2020
Madame Tussauds honours badminton great Lee Chong Wei

Hong Kong, China, January 20, 2020: One of Asia’s most famous Olympians, Malaysian badminton player Lee Chong Wei, has been recognised for his outstanding career by Madame Tussauds Hong Kong.

Lee, 37, who retired last June after a battle with nose cancer, spent six hours with the staff to prepare for his waxwork model.

In a Facebook post, the three-time Olympic Games silver medallist - in 2008, 2012 and 2016 - said: “I would never h....

20 Jan 2020
Badminton approves use of synthetic feather shuttlecocks

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, January 20, 2020: The Badminton World Federation has approved the use of synthetic feather shuttlecocks at BWF International sanctioned tournaments of all levels from 2021.

Following this decision, BWF has made it possible for shuttlecock manufacturers to seek approval under the BWF Equipment Approval scheme for versions of their synthetic feather shuttlecocks to be used in international competitions.

The fir....

20 Jan 2020
Four semi-finalists chase three places at Tokyo 2020 football tournament

Bangkok, Thailand, January 20, 2020: Uzbekistan, Saudi Arabia, South Korea and Australia will battle for three places in the men’s football competition at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics after reaching the semi-finals of the Asian Football Confederation Under-23 Championship in Thailand.

Uzbekistan, the reigning AFC U-23 champions, will take on Saudi Arabia in one semi-final on Wednesday, January 22, with Korea meeting Australia in the other. The win....

20 Jan 2020
Bahrain NOC to celebrate National Sports Day next month countrywide

Manama, Bahrain, January 20, 2020: The National Sports Day of Bahrain will be held on February 11, 2020, according to the Bahrain Olympic Committee.

The decision to celebrate National Sports Day next month was taken last week by the board of directors of the Bahrain Olympic Committee headed by His Highness Sheikh Khalid Bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the BOC President.

Sheikh Khalid, who is also first Vice President of the Supreme Council fo....

20 Jan 2020
JOC President Yamashita visits ANOC HQ

Lausanne, Switzerland, January 20, 2020: Japanese Olympic Committee President Yasuhiro Yamashita visited ANOC Acting President Robin Mitchell and ANOC Secretary General Gunilla Lindberg at the ANOC headquarters on January 16.

It was the first time that the Japanese judo legend had visited the ANOC headquarters as JOC President following his election in 2019.

Yamashita, judo champion at the Los Angeles Olympics in 1984, was also rece....

20 Jan 2020
ANOC welcomes Turkmenistan NOC delegation

Lausanne, Switzerland, January 20, 2020: A delegation from the National Olympic Committee of Turkmenistan, led by Vice President Dayanch Gulgeldiev, met with ANOC Acting President Robin Mitchell and ANOC Secretary General Gunilla Lindberg during a visit to the ANOC headquarters on January 16.

During the meeting the group discussed the success of the ANOC World Beach Games in Doha last October and the upcoming ANOC General Assembly in Seoul as....

19 Jan 2020
Korea dominates opening day of Winter YOG short track

Lausanne, Switzerland, January 18, 2020: Korea dominated the first day of short track speed skating at the Lausanne 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games on Saturday, winning the gold and silver medals in both the ladies’ and men’s 1000m events.

After Seo Whi-min and Kim Chan-seo finished 1-2 respectively in the ladies’ final, Jang Sung-woo and Lee Jeong-min repeated the feat minutes later for gold and silver in the men’s at the Lausanne Skating Ar....

19 Jan 2020
A Chinese star is born at Winter YOG

Lausanne, Switzerland, January 18, 2020: China is looking for winter sports stars ahead of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics – and they may have just found one here at the Winter YOG in Lausanne.

Eileen Gu Ailing, 16, won the silver medal in the freestyle skiing women’s freeski slopestyle on Saturday – just a few months after a switch of nationality from USA to China, approved by the IOC. She is an extraordinary emerging talent and could light....

19 Jan 2020
Mongolian cross-country skiers benefit from benevolent Swiss doctor

Lausanne, Switzerland, January 18, 2020: Four athletes are flying the flag for Mongolia in the cross-country skiing competition at the Winter Youth Olympic Games – and it’s all thanks to a retired Swiss doctor.

The four skiers are products of a passion project that Pascal Gertsch began three years ago in the wilderness of eastern Mongolia.

With wooden sticks for makeshift ski poles, 15 enthusiastic children and a passion for cross-c....

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