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Sep 18, 2014

Middle East ready to host Olympics, says OCA chief

INCHEON South Korea (Reuters) – Doha and Dubai are capable of hosting the Middle East’s first Olympic Games and the region would simply have to trust itself to deliver a great event in the face of doubt and criticism, the president of the Olympic Council of Asia has told Reuters.

Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, who also heads the powerful Association of National Olympic Committees, told Reuters a successful bid would be well received in a region where sport is helping bring about change.

Sep 18, 2014

Games-Middle East ready to host Olympics, says OCA chief

INCHEON, South Korea, Sept 18 (Reuters) – Doha and Dubai are capable of hosting the Middle East’s first Olympic Games and the region would simply have to trust itself to deliver a great event in the face of doubt and criticism, the president of the Olympic Council of Asia has told Reuters.

Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, who also heads the powerful Association of National Olympic Committees, told Reuters a successful bid would be well received in a region where sport is helping bring about change.

Sep 18, 2014

OCA president backing baseball’s 2020 return

INCHEON South Korea (Reuters) – The president of the Olympic Council of Asia has thrown his support behind baseball’s bid to return to the program at the 2020 Tokyo Games.

Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, who also heads the powerful Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC), told Reuters in an interview that Tokyo had all the infrastructure and facilities in place to fit baseball into the program.

Sep 18, 2014

Olympics-OCA president backing baseball’s 2020 return

INCHEON, South Korea, Sept 18 (Reuters) – The president of the Olympic Council of Asia has thrown his support behind baseball’s bid to return to the programme at the 2020 Tokyo Games.

Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, who also heads the powerful Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC), told Reuters in an interview that Tokyo had all the infrastructure and facilities in place to fit baseball into the programme.

Sep 17, 2014

Indonesia set to be awarded 2018 Asian Games

INCHEON South Korea (Reuters) – Indonesia is poised to be selected as the host of the next Asian Games in 2018 after Vietnam withdrew because of financial concerns, the president of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) told Reuters on Wednesday.

The decision will be formally ratified at an OCA General Assembly in South Korea on Saturday but OCA President Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah told Reuters that there was an agreement in place to give the multi-sports event to Jakarta.

Sep 17, 2014

OCA throws Iran official out of Asiad

SEOUL (Reuters) – The Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) has thrown an Iranian official out of the Asian Games after South Korean police charged him with sexual harassment, while a Palestine soccer player has been charged with the same offence and banned from leaving the country.

The OCA said in a statement on Wednesday that Amereh Ahmad, who looked after the equipment for the Iran soccer team, had been banned from all Asian Games sites, including the athletes village, venues and hotels.

Sep 17, 2014

Games-OCA throws Iran official out of Asiad

SEOUL, Sept 17 (Reuters) – The Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) has thrown an Iranian official out of the Asian Games after South Korean police charged him with sexual harassment, while a Palestine soccer player has been charged with the same offence and banned from leaving the country.

The OCA said in a statement on Wednesday that Amereh Ahmad, who looked after the equipment for the Iran soccer team, had been banned from all Asian Games sites, including the athletes village, venues and hotels.

Sep 17, 2014

Asian Games – South Korea out to end Thailand’s sepaktakraw stranglehold

INCHEON South Korea (Reuters) – South Korea’s sepaktakraw team will count on “world-class killers, feeders and tekongs” to end the Asian Games dominance of powerhouse Thailand and hope the event will help boost local interest in the electrifying, acrobatic sport.

The Thais have won 18 of the 27 Asian Games gold medals awarded in sepaktakraw, which sees players twist and turn their bodies in mid-air to send a rattan ball into the opposing court using their feet, legs and head.

Sep 17, 2014

South Korea out to end Thailand’s sepaktakraw stranglehold

INCHEON South Korea (Reuters) – South Korea’s sepaktakraw team will count on “world-class killers, feeders and tekongs” to end the Asian Games dominance of powerhouse Thailand and hope the event will help boost local interest in the electrifying, acrobatic sport.

The Thais have won 18 of the 27 Asian Games gold medals awarded in sepaktakraw, which sees players twist and turn their bodies in mid-air to send a rattan ball into the opposing court using their feet, legs and head.

Sep 15, 2014

Japan ready to renew rivalry with South Korea

SEOUL (Reuters) – Japan has stoked its sporting rivalry with neighbors South Korea ahead of this month’s Asian Games and said it plans to use the multi-sport event in Incheon, west of Seoul, as a springboard to success at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

The 17th Asiad officially opens on Friday with hosts South Korea and Japan expected to be fighting it out for second place on the medals table behind sporting powerhouse China.

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      "Based in Singapore, I am the Chief Sub Editor for sports in Asia. In addition to sub editing duties I also compile monthly rotas for our team of deskers and reporters in the region, but I also get to do a lot of the fun stuff such as covering major sports events like the Olympics and World Cup."
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