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Sep 21, 2014

Games-Swimming-Hagino upstages Sun and Park at Asian Games

INCHEON, South Korea, Sept 21 (Reuters) – One devastating late sprint was all it took for Kosuke Hagino to alter the established order of Asian swimming on Sunday.

The 20-year-old Japanese student steamed past his two big rivals — China’s Sun Yang and Park Tae-hwan of South Korea — to win the 200 metres freestyle gold medal at the Asian Games.

Sep 21, 2014

Hometown hero Park unable to meet expectations

INCHEON South Korea (Reuters) – Few athletes at the Asian Games are under more pressure to win than Park Tae-hwan.

As South Korea’s most celebrated and successful swimmer, the expectations on him to capture gold at home are overbearing. The local organisers even named the Aquatics Centre, where the swimming events are taking place, after him.

Sep 21, 2014

Asian Olympic chiefs open door to Oceania athletes

INCHEON South Korea (Reuters) – Asian Olympic officials have agreed to let countries from Oceania compete at the region’s next indoor Games, a significant move that could open the door for sporting powerhouse Australia to integrate more into Asia.

Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, the influential president of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA), said there were no current plans to allow Oceania countries to compete at the main Asian Games but he did not rule it out in the future.

Sep 21, 2014

Games-Asian Olympic chiefs open door to Oceania athletes

INCHEON, South Korea, Sept 21 (Reuters) – Asian Olympic officials have agreed to let countries from Oceania compete at the region’s next indoor Games, a significant move that could open the door for sporting powerhouse Australia to integrate more into Asia.

Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, the influential president of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA), said there were no current plans to allow Oceania countries to compete at the main Asian Games but he did not rule it out in the future.

Sep 21, 2014

Indonesia confident of being ready to host 2018 Asian Games

INCHEON South Korea (Reuters) – Indonesia face a race against time to be ready to host the Asian Games a year early but officials said they were confident everything would be in order after taking over the continent’s biggest multi-sports event from Vietnam.

Indonesia’s Olympic Committee president Rita Subowo said her country was honoured to have been awarded the Games but there was no time to waste after the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) rubber-stamped the change at its general assembly meeting in Incheon.

Sep 20, 2014

Games-North Korean weightlifter Om Yun Chol sets world record

INCHEON, South Korea, Sept 20 (Reuters) – Om Yun Chol might be one of the smallest men competing at the Asian Games but he is also one of the strongest – able to lift more than three times his own bodyweight.

Only a handful of men have ever achieved the superhuman feat – putting the diminutive North Korean in elite company of musclemen.

Sep 20, 2014

Rai wins India’s first gold at Incheon Asian Games

INCHEON South Korea (Reuters) – Jitu Rai won India’s first gold medal at the Asian Games on Saturday, clinching the men’s 50 metre pistol event after his closest opponent cracked under pressure.

Success in shooting is not unusual for India, whose marksmen are among the most accomplished in the world. Rai is one of their best, a soldier with a cool head and a steady hand.

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.

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