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Sep 18, 2014

Asian Olympic boss unsure why Saudi Arabia excluded women

INCHEON South Korea (Reuters) – Asia’s top Olympic official is unsure why Saudi Arabia excluded women from their team for the Asian Games and says he thought the Islamic kingdom had “broken the ice” when they picked female competitors for the London Olympics.

Saudi Arabia is the only country among the 45 competing nations at the Asian Games, which start in South Korea on Friday under the slogan “Diversity Shines Here”, to have selected an all-male team.

Sep 18, 2014

Games–Asian Olympic boss unsure why Saudi Arabia excluded women

INCHEON, South Korea, Sept 18 (Reuters) – Asia’s top Olympic official is unsure why Saudi Arabia excluded women from their team for the Asian Games and says he thought the Islamic kingdom had “broken the ice” when they picked female competitors for the London Olympics.

Saudi Arabia is the only country among the 45 competing nations at the Asian Games, which start in South Korea on Friday under the slogan “Diversity Shines Here”, to have selected an all-male team.

Sep 17, 2014

Thai princess going for gold at Asian Games

INCHEON South Korea (Reuters) – The Thailand team for the 17th Asian Games includes a real-life princess with a down-to-earth approach to life and a heart set on winning gold.

Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana, the granddaughter of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, has been chosen to represent her country in equestrian, riding a horse called Prince Charming.

Sep 17, 2014

Asian Games – Thai princess going for gold at Asian Games

INCHEON South Korea (Reuters) – The Thailand team for the 17th Asian Games includes a real-life princess with a down-to-earth approach to life and a heart set on winning gold.

Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana, the granddaughter of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, has been chosen to represent her country in equestrian, riding a horse called Prince Charming.

Sep 17, 2014

Games-Thai princess going for gold at Asian Games

INCHEON, South Korea, Sept 17 (Reuters) – The Thailand team for the 17th Asian Games includes a real-life princess with a down-to-earth approach to life and a heart set on winning gold.

Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana, the granddaughter of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, has been chosen to represent her country in equestrian, riding a horse called Prince Charming.

Sep 16, 2014

Hagino surfaces as new leader of Japanese swim team

INCHEON South Korea (Reuters) – Like his famous namesake Kosuke Kitajima, Japanese swimmer Kosuke Hagino is hoping the Asian Games will be his springboard to bigger and better things.

The 20-year-old Hagino has surfaced as the new rising star of the Japanese team after climbing up the world rankings in the past two years.

Sep 16, 2014

Games–Hagino surfaces as new leader of Japanese swim team

INCHEON, South Korea, Sept 16 (Reuters) – Like his famous namesake Kosuke Kitajima, Japanese swimmer Kosuke Hagino is hoping the Asian Games will be his springboard to bigger and better things.

The 20-year-old Hagino has surfaced as the new rising star of the Japanese team after climbing up the world rankings in the past two years.

Sep 12, 2014

Park and Sun set to square off at Incheon pool

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – With a deep talent pool overflowing with Olympic and world champions, the swimming competition at the Asian Games is shaping up as the most intriguing event in Incheon.

With the added lure of a classic rivalry involving a home-town hero and a sneak preview of the next wave of stars poised to shine at the Rio Olympics, all the ingredients are there for a mouthwatering competition.

Sep 12, 2014

Sun still shining bright after troubled year

By Julian Linden

(Reuters) – Sun Yang has always been different from China’s other top swimmers, as much a maverick as a pioneer.

And not just because he is the first Chinese man to win an Olympic swimming gold medal. Or that he spent time in jail.

Sep 12, 2014

China’s swimmer Sun still shining bright after troubled year

By Julian Linden

(Reuters) – Sun Yang has always been different from China’s other top swimmers, as much a maverick as a pioneer.

And not just because he is the first Chinese man to win an Olympic swimming gold medal. Or that he spent time in jail.

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