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Sep 24, 2014

Asian Games shine light on women’s rights in sport

INCHEON South Korea (Reuters) – Women’s rights have become one of the focal points of the 17th Asian Games after a series of incidents that have shone a light on the issue.

On Wednesday, the Qatar women’s basketball team forfeited their opening match against Mongolia after being refused permission to wear their hijabs.

Sep 24, 2014

Asian Olympic officials upset that athletes stopped from competing

INCHEON South Korea (Reuters) – The Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) has criticised the world governing bodies for basketball and men’s tennis, saying they were preventing athletes from representing their countries at international events.

The OCA took the unusual step of issuing the strongly worded statement “reminding sports governing bodies to protect the rights of athletes” after six tennis players pulled out of the Asian Games and the Qatar women’s basketball team forfeited their first match.

Sep 24, 2014

Games-Asian Olympic officials upset that athletes stopped from competing

INCHEON, South Korea, Sept 24 (Reuters) – The Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) has criticised the world governing bodies for basketball and men’s tennis, saying they were preventing athletes from representing their countries at international events.

The OCA took the unusual step of issuing the strongly worded statement “reminding sports governing bodies to protect the rights of athletes” after six tennis players pulled out of the Asian Games and the Qatar women’s basketball team forfeited their first match.

Sep 24, 2014

Hagino sets sights on Olympics after conquering Asia

INCHEON South Korea (Reuters) – Showing no sign of fatigue or weariness after his grueling schedule, Japan’s Kosuke Hagino provided another glimpse on Wednesday of why he could be the man to take over from Michael Phelps as swimming’s ultimate ironman.

Hagino captured his fourth gold medal at the Asian Games by winning one of Phelps’ signature events, the men’s 400 meters individual medley, in the same dominating fashion as his American idol.

Sep 24, 2014

Games-Swimming-Hagino sets sights on Olympics after conquering Asia

INCHEON, South Korea, Sept 24 (Reuters) – Showing no sign of fatigue or weariness after his gruelling schedule, Japan’s Kosuke Hagino provided another glimpse on Wednesday of why he could be the man to take over from Michael Phelps as swimming’s ultimate ironman.

Hagino captured his fourth gold medal at the Asian Games by winning one of Phelps’ signature events, the men’s 400 metres individual medley, in the same dominating fashion as his American idol.

Sep 24, 2014

Hagino and Shen each collect fourth golds at Asiad

INCHEON South Korea (Reuters) – Kosuke Hagino cemented his status as Asia’s best all-round swimmer when he captured his fourth gold medal in breathtaking style at the Asian Games on Wednesday.

The 20-year-old from Japan blew away his rivals on the final lap to win the men’s 400 metres individual medley final — the most gruelling event in the pool — and show why he is one of the early favourites to win gold at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Sep 24, 2014

Games-Swimming-Hagino and Shen each collect fourth golds at Asiad

INCHEON, South Korea, Sept 24 (Reuters) – Kosuke Hagino cemented his status as Asia’s best all-round swimmer when he captured his fourth gold medal in breathtaking style at the Asian Games on Wednesday.

The 20-year-old from Japan blew away his rivals on the final lap to win the men’s 400 metres individual medley final — the most gruelling event in the pool — and show why he is one of the early favourites to win gold at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Sep 23, 2014

Ye Shiwen returns to top of podium after London letdown

INCHEON South Korea (Reuters) – Ye Shiwen, the Chinese sensation whose mind-boggling performances at the 2012 London Olympics set tongues wagging and fingers pointing, made an overdue return to the top of the podium on Tuesday.

After two years where she struggled to cope with the expectations on her from China as well as the thinly-veiled accusations against her, the 18-year-old turned back the clock to win the women’s 400 metres individual medley gold medal at the Asian Games.

Sep 23, 2014

China flex muscles at Asian Games

INCHEON South Korea (Reuters) – China’s swimmers provided another imposing demonstration of their seemingly bottomless depth of talent by scooping up six gold medals in the pool at the Asian Games on Tuesday.

Led by London Olympic champions Sun Yang and Ye Shiwen, the Chinese transformed the Munhak Aquatics Centre into their own private pool party, winning all but one of the seven titles decided on the third night of swimming finals.

Sep 23, 2014

Australia ‘interested’ in joining Asian Games

INCHEON South Korea (Reuters) – Australia has welcomed the idea of possibly competing at the Asian Games after Asian Olympic officials agreed to let Oceania nations join them in smaller multi-sports events.

While there are no firm plans as yet to allow Oceania countries to compete at the main Asian Games, which are second in size only to the Olympics, the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) has now opened the door.

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