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Apr 15, 2014

Badminton-South Korean Lee’s doping ban reversed

SEOUL, April 15 (Reuters) – South Korea’s Olympic badminton gold medallist Lee Yong-dae has had his one-year ban for missing dope tests reversed, the Badminton World Federation announced on Tuesday, leaving him free to compete at this year’s Asian Games.

The 25-year-old won mixed doubles gold at the 2008 Games in Beijing and a bronze medal in the men’s doubles in London four years later. Another Korean player, Kim Ki-jung, was also banned for one year but is now also free to compete.

Apr 15, 2014

South Korean Lee’s doping ban reversed

SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea’s Olympic badminton gold medallist Lee Yong-dae has had his one-year ban for missing dope tests reversed, the Badminton World Federation announced on Tuesday, leaving him free to compete at this year’s Asian Games.

The 25-year-old won mixed doubles gold at the 2008 Games in Beijing and a bronze medal in the men’s doubles in London four years later. Another Korean player, Kim Ki-jung, was also banned for one year.

Mar 20, 2014

Exclusive – More S.Koreans set to follow Ahn abroad, says dad

SEOUL (Reuters) – More Olympic athletes are set to ditch their South Korean passports and compete for rival nations unless the country’s skating union (KSU) reforms, the father of Korea’s greatest sporting defector has told Reuters.

Anger with the KSU has boiled among Koreans following Ahn Hyun-soo’s defection to Russia in 2011 – and was only exacerbated when the 28-year-old won his fourth, fifth and sixth Olympic gold medals in Sochi under the name Viktor Ahn, and as a Russian competitor.

Mar 20, 2014

Exclusive: More South Koreans set to follow Ahn abroad, says dad

SEOUL (Reuters) – More Olympic athletes are set to ditch their South Korean passports and compete for rival nations unless the country’s skating union (KSU) reforms, the father of Korea’s greatest sporting defector has told Reuters.

Anger with the KSU has boiled among Koreans following Ahn Hyun-soo’s defection to Russia in 2011 – and was only exacerbated when the 28-year-old won his fourth, fifth and sixth Olympic gold medals in Sochi under the name Viktor Ahn, and as a Russian competitor.

Mar 20, 2014

Olympics-More S.Koreans set to follow Ahn abroad, says dad

SEOUL, March 20 (Reuters) – More Olympic athletes are set to ditch their South Korean passports and compete for rival nations unless the country’s skating union (KSU) reforms, the father of Korea’s greatest sporting defector has told Reuters.

Anger with the KSU has boiled among Koreans following Ahn Hyun-soo’s defection to Russia in 2011 – and was only exacerbated when the 28-year-old won his fourth, fifth and sixth Olympic gold medals in Sochi under the name Viktor Ahn, and as a Russian competitor.

Jan 10, 2014

Olympics-’Ice Queen’ Yuna aims to enjoy Olympic swansong

SEOUL, Jan 10 (Reuters) – Kim Yuna carried the expectation of a nation on her shoulders when she skated her way to the title at the Vancouver Games, and while South Koreans will settle for nothing less than gold in Sochi the Olympic champion seems more at ease with the pressure.

The first lady of South Korean sport, Kim single-handedly made figure skating popular in a country where 44 of its 45 Winter Games medals have come in short track and speedskating.

Dec 17, 2013

Top 10 sporting moments of 2013

Dec 17 (Reuters) – 1. Lance Armstrong comes clean over doping – January 17 “Yes.” With one word, Lance Armstrong finally confessed to a cycling career built on performing-enhancing drugs, putting himself on a par with Canadian athlete Ben Johnson as the world’s most notorious drugs cheat. In an interview with Oprah Winfrey in January, Armstrong ended his years of denials about systematic doping and said it would have been impossible to win one of his seven Tour de France titles without the drugs. “I am flawed,” the American said. “Deeply flawed.” 2. Oscar Pistorius accused of murder – February 14 Stunned disbelief greeted the news that Oscar Pistorius, who triumphed over disability to compete with able-bodied athletes at the Olympics, had shot dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day. South Africa’s “Blade Runner”, a double amputee who uses carbon-fibre prosthetic blades to compete, will be tried for murder next year. Pistorius told a Pretoria bail hearing: “I am absolutely mortified by the events and the devastating loss of my beloved Reeva.”

3. Andy Murray wins Wimbledon – July 7 Andy Murray ended Britain’s 77-year wait for a Wimbledon men’s champion by vanquishing Novak Djokovic in an electric final at the All England Club in July. Willed on by thousands of Union Jack-waving fans on Centre Court and millions across Britain, the Scot won tennis’s most prestigious title in straight sets. Murray told Reuters: “I know what it feels like to lose in finals, in a Wimbledon final, but now I know what it feels like to win and that’s certainly a lot better.”

Oct 31, 2013

New Zealand the ultimate test for ambitious Japan

By Peter Rutherford

(Reuters) – New Zealand have made no secret of the fact they will use Saturday’s match against Japan as a tune-up for more rigorous encounters in Europe but for the ‘Brave Blossoms’ the game is the ultimate litmus test of their rugby development.

The All Blacks inflicted defeats of 145-17 and 83-7 in their previous two tests against Japan and few would be surprised if the world champions chalk up another massive win at a sold-out Prince Chichibunomiya Stadium in Tokyo.

Oct 31, 2013

Rugby-New Zealand the ultimate test for ambitious Japan

Oct 31 (Reuters) – New Zealand have made no secret of the fact they will use Saturday’s match against Japan as a tune-up for more rigorous encounters in Europe but for the ‘Brave Blossoms’ the game is the ultimate litmus test of their rugby development.

The All Blacks inflicted defeats of 145-17 and 83-7 in their previous two tests against Japan and few would be surprised if the world champions chalk up another massive win at a sold-out Prince Chichibunomiya Stadium in Tokyo.

Oct 31, 2013

Seoul bank on fitness to outrun Guangzhou in second leg

SEOUL (Reuters) – FC Seoul have their backs to the wall in the Asian Champions League final against Guangzhou Evergrande but striker Dejan Damjanovic believes superior fitness could help the Koreans emerge victorious in next month’s second leg.

Damjanovic, who grabbed a late equaliser to salvage a first leg 2-2 draw against the big-spending Chinese in Seoul last weekend, said if his side could avoid stupid mistakes and take their chances, they would walk away as Asian champions.

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