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11 Feb 2020
FIH names India’s Vivek Prasad as rising star of 2019

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, February 11, 2020: Vivek Prasad of India has been named the 2019 FIH Men’s Rising Star of the Year by the International Hockey Federation.

It was a remarkable year from the Indian midfielder; he was on top form throughout the year and scored a number of goals and provided assists in important matches for India.

The second youngest player ever to represent the Indian national team had an eventful 2019. He shin....

11 Feb 2020
India’s legendary badminton coach Gopichand receives honourable mention by IOC

New Delhi, India, February 11, 2020: India’s chief national badminton coach Pullela Gopichand has been given an honourable mention by the International Olympic Committee at the 2019 Coaches Lifetime Achievement Awards.

Gopichand received the prestigious achievement for the male category of the awards. The legendary coach is the first Indian to receive this honour.

“The panel wishes to recognise his efforts in the development of badm....

10 Feb 2020
Bangladeshi archer named 'breakthrough’ athlete of 2019

Dhaka, Bangladesh, February 10, 2020: Recurve archer Mohammed Ruman Shana was named ‘breakthrough’ archer of 2019 at the World Archery Athlete of the Year Awards ceremony on Saturday.

Following public and expert votes, the winners were announced at the Indoor Archery World Finals in Los Angeles. Shana was picked by the world governing body as the breakthrough athlete and his coach Martin Frederick won the best coach award for last year.

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10 Feb 2020
Iraq NOC delegation visits IOC HQ

Lausanne, Switzerland, February 10, 2020: The President of the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach, met a delegation from Iraq at the IOC HQ in Lausanne, Switzerland.

The delegation from Iraq was led by the NOC President, Raad Hammoodi Al-Dulaimi, and included parliamentarians, among them the Chair of the Youth and Sport Committee of the Iraqi Parliament, Abbas Oleiwi Kadhim.

The two parties discussed various topics linked ....

10 Feb 2020
Korea joins China in Tokyo 2020 women’s basketball tournament

Belgrade, Serbia, February 9, 2020: Korea will be competing in the Olympic women's basketball tournament for the first time since 2008 this summer, reports Yonhap News.

Korea grabbed the third and final qualifying spot for Tokyo 2020 in a four-nation competition that wrapped up on Sunday in Belgrade. Korea finished third behind China and Spain, with Britain coming in last after losing all three games in a qualifying competition that was moved....

10 Feb 2020
Olympic champion Hanyu completes skating’s golden slam

Seoul, Korea, February 9, 2020: Two-time Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan finally completed his impressive collection of titles when he skated off with gold at the International Skating Union Four Continents Figure Skating Championships in Seoul on Sunday.

Jason Brown (USA) claimed the silver medal and Winter Youth Olympic Games 2020 champion Yuma Kagiyama of Japan grabbed the bronze in his ISU Championship debut.

Hanyu, Olymp....

10 Feb 2020
Hong Kong Olympian Ho appointed FISA continental representative for Asia

Hong Kong, China, February 10, 2020: The World Rowing Federation has announced the appointment of Ms. Fay Ho Kim-fai to the position of FISA continental representative for Asia. She succeeds President Liu Aijie of the Chinese Rowing Association, who had decided to step down from this role at the end of December 2019.

Continental representatives represent FISA in their respective continents and are full members of the FISA Council.

F....

09 Feb 2020
Usman Khan becomes first Pakistani equestrian rider to qualify for Olympics

Lahore, Pakistan, February 9, 2020: Lahore-born Usman Khan will be the first equestrian competitor from Pakistan to participate at the Olympics after he and his horse Azad Kashmir qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

The Melbourne-based Usman will take part in eventing - a combination of cross-country, showjumping and dressage – that will test both the horse and rider in all aspects of horsemanship.

This is the first time tha....

09 Feb 2020
Tour of Oman cancelled as a mark of respect to Sultan Qaboos

Muscat, Oman, Febrruary 9, 2020: The 11th edition of the Tour of Oman cycling race has been cancelled, organisers have announced.

In a statement, the Tour of Oman organisers said: “Following the passing of Sultan Qaboos bin Said on January 10, the 11th edition of the Tour of Oman has been cancelled.

“See you all in 2021 for the next edition,” the statement added.

This year’s cycling showpiece was originally scheduled to tak....

09 Feb 2020
Philippines postpones national sports events due to coronavirus

Manila, Philippines, February 9, 2020: The Philippine Sports Commission issued an advisory on February 6 regarding the postponement of several sports events due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus in China and beyond.

The PSC, which is the sports agency of the central government and works hand in hand with the Philippine Olympic Committee, has also recommended that the ASEAN Para Games be put back from March.

The 10th ASEAN Par....

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