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Oct 4, 2014

Successful Games launches Asia’s golden age of sport

INCHEON South Korea (Reuters) – The 17th Asian Games came to a close on Saturday, bringing an end to two weeks of intense competition, drama and controversy that shone a light on the best and worst of a region that will host the world’s biggest events for the next decade.

A spectacular ceremony at Incheon’s Asiad stadium officially marked the end of a Games that was hailed as a brilliant success and a model for future multi-sports events despite being tarnished by doping, crime and rows over religious freedom, women’s rights and judging.

Oct 4, 2014

Japanese swimmer Hagino wins Asian Games MVP award

INCHEON South Korea (Reuters) – Japanese swimmer Kosuke Hagino was named as the MVP for the 17th Asian Games, which ended on Saturday, recognising his dominant performances in the pool.

The 20-year-old university student showed why he could be the man to take over from Michael Phelps as swimming’s ultimate ironman by winning seven medals, including four golds, in just six days of competition.

Oct 4, 2014

Sarita Devi given ‘strong warning’ after medal protest

INCHEON South Korea (Reuters) – Boxer L Sarita Devi has escaped with a warning after apologising for her petulant display at the Asian Games when she refused to accept her bronze medal.

The Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) said it was not impressed by her behaviour at the medal ceremony but decided to let her off with a warning after she issued an unconditional apology and the Indian delegation assured the OCA it had not planned the incident.

Oct 4, 2014

Games-Indian boxer given ‘strong warning’ after medal protest

INCHEON, South Korea, Oct 4 (Reuters) – Indian boxer L Sarita Devi has escaped with a warning after apologising for her petulant display at the Asian Games when she refused to accept her bronze medal.

The Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) said it was not impressed by her behaviour at the medal ceremony but decided to let her off with a warning after she issued an unconditional apology and the Indian delegation assured the OCA it had not planned the incident.

Oct 4, 2014

Games-Japanese swimmer Hagino wins Asian Games MVP award

INCHEON, South Korea, Oct 4 (Reuters) – Japanese swimmer Kosuke Hagino was named as the MVP for the 17th Asian Games, which ended on Saturday, recognising his dominant performances in the pool.

The 20-year-old university student showed why he could be the man to take over from Michael Phelps as swimming’s ultimate ironman by winning seven medals, including four golds, in just six days of competition.

Oct 4, 2014

Asian Olympic boss slams India over cricket no show

INCHEON South Korea (Reuters) – The head of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) has launched a scathing attack on India over its refusal to enter a cricket team at the Asian Games, saying its decision was “killing” the sport.

Twenty20 Cricket was added to the Asian Games programme four years ago as a way to try and promote the sport in the region.

Oct 4, 2014

Games-Asian Olympic boss slams India over cricket no show

INCHEON, South Korea, Oct 4 (Reuters) – The head of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) has launched a scathing attack on India over its refusal to enter a cricket team at the Asian Games, saying its decision was “killing” the sport.

Twenty20 Cricket was added to the Asian Games programme four years ago as a way to try and promote the sport in the region.

Oct 3, 2014

Asian Games tarnished by another doping case

INCHEON South Korea (Reuters) – The Asian Games was hit by yet another doping scandal on Friday when China’s Zhang Wenxiu was expelled and stripped of the gold medal she won in the hammer throw.

The Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) announced that Zhang, an Olympic medallist in Beijing in 2008, had tested positive for Zeranol, a banned anabolic agent.

Oct 3, 2014

China sweep diving medals at Asian Games

INCHEON South Korea (Reuters) – China’s crack divers are as formidable a force as any team in world sport.

A dynasty of super athletes with acrobatic skills and nerves of steel, they dominate the Olympics and world championships and rarely ever lose.

Oct 3, 2014

Games-China sweep diving medals at Asian Games

INCHEON, South Korea, Oct 3 (Reuters) – China’s crack divers are as formidable a force as any team in world sport.

A dynasty of super athletes with acrobatic skills and nerves of steel, they dominate the Olympics and world championships and rarely ever lose.

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