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23 Jan 2020
Korea, Japan team up to win short track mixed NOC relay gold

Lausanne, Switzerland, January 22, 2020: Korea has been dominant in the short track speed skating at Lausanne 2020 but the rest of the world grabbed some limelight in the mixed NOC team relay on Wednesday.

Shogo Miyata (JPN) brought home the vital last couple of laps at the Lausanne Skating Arena for Team B, alongside teammates Kim Chan-seo (KOR), Diede Van Oorschot (NED) and Jonathan So (USA).

They saw off the challenge of Team G, ....

23 Jan 2020
Gu’s lucky ‘cat’ brings second gold medal of Winter YOG

Lausanne, Switzerland, January 22, 2020: China’s freestyle skier Eileen Gu Ailing prepared to drop in for her final run in the women’s freeski big air final at the Leysin Park & Pipe.

She stared at the lucky cat drawn on her hand in eyeliner, glanced across at her coach’s lucky T-shirt and proceeded to pick up a total score of 171.25 points over three runs.

“I’m very superstitious,” she said. “But I know that’s not the best thin....

23 Jan 2020
Boxing and football Olympic qualifiers moved from Wuhan due to coronavirus outbreak

Lausanne, Switzerland, January 23, 2020: The first qualifying event for boxing at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics will be moved from Wuhan, China due to concerns surrounding the coronavirus outbreak.

The Chinese city was scheduled to host the Asia/Oceania qualifier from February 3-14.

But the Local Organising Committee announced on Wednesday, January 22, that they had called off the competition after 17 people had died from the virus, which....

23 Jan 2020
Korea, Saudi Arabia book Olympic football tickets

Bangkok, Thailand, January 23, 2020: South Korea and Saudi Arabia booked their tickets to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics by reaching the final of the men’s AFC Under-23 Championship.

The third and final place for Asia in the men’s football competition at the Olympics will be decided between Australia and Uzbekistan in the third-place play-off on Saturday, January 25.

Japan as hosts have automatically qualified for the Olympics.


23 Jan 2020
Double gold for Japan in Winter YOG snowboard big air

Lausanne, Switzerland, January 22, 2020: Japan finished the snowboard competition of the Winter Youth Olympic Games on a high by winning both gold medals in the women’s and men’s big air events on Wednesday – the closing day of Lausanne 2020.

Hinari Asanuma, 17, won the women’s big air gold medal, 12 points ahead of Germany’s Annika Morgan. Melissa Peperkamp (NED) took bronze.

For gold medallist Asanuma, victory was the culmination ....

23 Jan 2020
Asia’s Roll of Honour at Winter YOG Lausanne 2020

Lausanne, Switzerland, January 22, 2020: The Winter Youth Olympic Games in Lausanne have come to a close and Asia featured strongly in the medal distribution.

Not only did the big three winter sports powers Japan, Korea and China excel in individual and team events, athletes from other NOCs such as Chinese Taipei and Hong Kong-China also enjoyed success as part of mixed NOC teams.

Find the full list of Asian Gold, Silver and Bronze ....

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....

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