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Asian Games faces ‘possibility’ of postponement, says official | More sports News – Times of India

KUWAIT CITY: The 2022 Asian Games in China is facing the "possibility" of being postponed, a senior official told AFP on Thursday, after a rumour that it would be moved to next year. The Olympic-sized event is scheduled to be held in September in Hangzhou near Shanghai, which is grappling with a major coronavirus emergency. "No official decision has been taken by the committee until now, but there is a possibility that it will be postponed," said Kuwait's Husain Al-Musallam, director-general of the Olympic Council of Asia, the Games' governing body. Most international sports events have been on hold in China since the Covid-19 pandemic, although Beijing hosted the Winter Olympics in a strict bio-bubble in February. Shanghai, China's biggest city, has witnessed the country's worst Covid ...
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Beijing Olympics closes after sporting drama, doping and golden Gu | More sports News – Times of India

BEIJING: A Beijing Winter Olympics which saw sporting drama and milestones but was tarnished by a Russian doping scandal ended on Sunday with an uplifting closing ceremony. The Games will be remembered for new stars such as Eileen Gu but also for the doping controversy which engulfed 15-year-old figure skater Kamila Valieva and because they took place inside a vast Covid-secure "bubble". The "Bird's Nest" stadium, which also took centre stage when Beijing hosted the 2008 Summer Games, was the scene for a celebratory, snowflake-themed closing ceremony attended by President Xi Jinping and a socially distanced crowd seated among red lanterns. ✨The road to achieving #Olympics dreams requires so much passion, dedication, and hard work. All #Beijing2022 Olymp… https://t.co/HGC5j0k8he— Beijing...
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Winter Olympics: Arif Khan fails to finish men’s slalom event

India’s campaign at the Winter Olympics came to a disappointing end on Wednesday after the country’s lone participant, alpine skier Arif Khan, logged a ‘Did Not Finish’ in the men’s slalom event here. The 31-year-old from Baramulla district in Jammu and Kashmir, who had finished 45th in the giant slalom event on Sunday, was unable to complete Run 1 at the Yanqing National Alpine Skiing Centre here. Since Khan, who was making his Winter Olympics debut, was unable to finish Run 1, he won’t be competing in the second run of men’s slalom event. Only 52 of the 88 starters finished the first run and will compete again in Run 2. Wearing bib no 79, Khan made a decent start, finishing the first intermediate in 14.40s and the second in 34.24s. However, he failed to complete the final section. Au...
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Beijing Winter Olympics: Russian Olympic Committee team crushes field to take relay gold | More sports News – Times of India

ZHANGJIAKOU (China): The team representing the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) made the most of a big lead built up in the first half of the race to storm to victory in a punishing men's 4x10 km relay at the Beijing Olympics on Sunday. The ROC team finished one minute 7.2 seconds ahead of the Norwegian team, with France picking up a superb bronze medal after a dogged display, 9.2 seconds after Norway. Whirling winds whipped up the powdery, dry snow, reducing visibility to the point where the stadium floodlights had to be turned on so that fans and television viewers could see the action. The first two racers in each team used the classic style and the second pair skied freestyle, each for three laps of 3.3 km. Just as their victorious women's team did on Saturday, the Russians made an e...
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Winter Olympics: Arif Khan, India’s sole athlete, gets his moment in the snow

India’s sole athlete at the Beijing Olympics hails from Kashmir. Arif Khan took up winter sports after being encouraged by his father, who owns a ski shop and was taught everything there is about the Himalayas by Colonel Narendra Kumar – one of the first Indians to scale the Siachen Glacier and a team member of Operation Meghdoot to seize control of the Siachen Glacier in 1984. ‘If you’re an athlete, this should be your dream,’ said Gulmarg’s Arif in an Instagram post while standing in front of the Olympic rings at the Yanqing National Alpine Ski Centre, 90 kms northwest of Beijing. He is India’s lone entrant to the 2022 Winter Olympics and made history when he became the first Indian man to qualify for two events – slalom and giant slalom – in a single Winter Olympics. Qualifying fo...
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Infantino says World Cup will be health ‘benchmark’ for global sporting events | Football News – Times of India

DOHA: FIFA president Gianni Infantino said Thursday this year's World Cup finals in Qatar will become a "benchmark" for holding future global sporting events during a health crisis. Qatari organisers, who will have thousands of extra medical staff on duty for the 32 nation event starting November 21, said they are "cautiously optimistic" it will be the first mass gathering of sports fans for a global sports event since the coronavirus pandemic erupted two years ago. Spectators were largely kept out of last year's Tokyo Olympics and the ongoing Winter Olympics in China. FIFA announced this week that requests have been made for 17 million tickets for the first World Cup in the Arab region and sought to reassure fans about safety measures during an online health conference organised by the...
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Winter Olympics: Dutchwoman Schouten scoops second gold in 5000m | More sports News – Times of India

BEIJING: Irene Schouten of the Netherlands scooped up her second Beijing Olympics gold medal when she won the women's 5000-metre speed skating event on Thursday, as the Dutch team continued to dominate on the ice. For the second time in the Winter Games, Schouten also broke an Olympic record that had stood untouched for 20 years since Salt Lake City as she whizzed around the oval in ever faster laptimes and crossed the finish line in six minutes and 43.51 seconds. Canada's Isabelle Weidemann finished almost five seconds behind the Dutchwoman but claimed the silver in 6:48.18. Martina Sablikova of the Czech Republic, who won gold in the women's 5000 metres in both Vancouver and Sochi, took bronze in 6:50.09. Schouten, who also won gold in the 3000 metres in Beijing, adds her name to a li...
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Winter Games: Two women take competition to new heights

IN the Big Air event of women’s freestyle skiing at the Winter Olympics, there were two sets of outrageous rotating leaps on skiis – called “double cork 1620” – playing out against a star-struck blue Beijing sky. Together, they amounted to one giant leap for womankind. Kicking up a crunching snow-storm with their flying skiis, two women aged 18 and 20 took turns accelerating up a giant ramp that tilted at the edge, catapulting them into a 20-metre orbit. Then they spun 4-and-half times mid-air while rotating twice off-axis, before descending to land, floating backwards to a gushing kick of adrenaline and some serious awe and crowd applause. History’s minor quibble of who among the two women stuck the historic landing first, though, might get buried in a sleet of silvery snow. For, every...
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Jacobellis finally wins Olympic gold medal, 1st for US

Lindsey Jacobellis is finally an Olympic gold medalist. Let that sink in for a moment because Jacobellis has been trying for 16 years. Jacobellis helped make the wild sport of snowboardcross famous. Who could forget her premature celebration as she approached the finish line in the 2006 Turin Games, an ill-timed board grab that sent her tumbling out of the lead? In a way, she became one of the best-known silver medalists of all time. Now Jacobellis will be remembered as the first American gold medalist at the Beijing Olympics. She reached the top of the podium hours after Mikaela Shiffrin had another stunning early exit on the Alpine ski hill. Jacobellis rode hard to the finish of the snowboardcross final on Wednesday, beating Chloe Trespeuch of France and covering her heart with her ha...
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Winter Olympic history-maker Ledecka wins third Games gold | More sports News – Times of India

ZHANGJIAKOU (China): Dual winter sports champion Ester Ledecka successfully defended her snowboard parallel giant slalom title at the Beijing Olympics on Tuesday -- even if she did not immediately realise it. The 26-year-old Czech became the first woman to win a gold medal in two different sports at a Winter Olympics when she took skiing and snowboarding titles in Pyeongchang four years ago. She won snowboard parallel giant slalom gold again in the Chinese capital when she cruised to victory in the final against Austria's Daniela Ulbing. But Ledecka did not immediately realise that she was an Olympic champion again. "I was concentrating on each run and I was still thinking about what I could do better in the next run," she said. "And then I realised that there wasn't going to be any oth...
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Beijing Winter Olympics: World champions Germany miss ski jumping mixed team final after disqualification | More sports News – Times of India

ZHANGJIAKOU (China): Germany, who have won four successive world championships, failed to reach the inaugural Olympic ski jumping mixed team final on Monday after individual silver medallist Katharina Althaus was disqualified for a suit violation on a chaotic night. Germany were hot favourites for the event, which involves two men and two women, but with only three scoring jumpers, they finished ninth of the 10 competing nations, with only eight advancing to the final later on Monday. Japan also suffered a disqualification, for Sara Takanashi, but squeezed through as did Austria, another of the favourites, when Daniela Irashko Stolz fell foul of the complex rules that link suits and skis to bodyweight in an attempt to remove any advantage that can be gained by athletes being lighter. Ge...
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Miserable day on slopes for American stars Shiffrin, Gerard

It was a miserable day on the mountains outside Beijing for American stars Mikaela Shiffrin and Red Gerard. Shiffrin’s opening race in the Beijing Olympics ended quickly with a rare mistake and a rare DNF — Did Not Finish. Favored to defend her gold medal in the giant slalom, Shiffrin instead crashed out a few seconds and five gates into the race. She lost control coming around a left-turn gate and fell onto her hip on a course known as The Ice River at the Yanqing Alpine Skiing Center. The missed gate meant she was done early in the opening run of the two-leg event. Sweden's Sara Hector grabs gold on the giant slalom after Mikaela Shiffrin's early elimination. Full story: https://t.co/dY0MOfolOw pic.twitter.com/gfehkscP10 — AP Sports (@AP_Sports) February 7, 2022 While Shiffrin is exp...
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First gold of the Winter Olympics lets athletes shine over politics

Norway nabbed the first gold medal of the Winter Games on Saturday as the politics dominating the Beijing Olympics began to make room for the snowy feats of the world’s best athletes. Norwegian Therese Johaug nL8N2UG08K powered to victory to take the gold medal in the women’s skiathlon race, well ahead of Russian Natalia Nepryaeva and Austria’s Teresa Stadlober, who snagged the bronze medal. Further back in 43rd place was Dinigeer Yilamujiang, a 20-year-old cross-country skier whose role as a final torchbearer for China in the opening ceremony continued to make waves. The selection of Yilamujiang nL8N2UG08W, from Altay in China’s western Xinjiang region, as one of two final torchbearers came as many western nations diplomatically boycotted the Games over China’s treatment of Uyghurs and...
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Winter Olympics 2022: After Dutch reporter gets dragged away by Chinese security officers, IOC says ‘isolated case’

An incident involving a Dutch reporter in the middle of a live broadcast who was dragged away by Chinese security officials was an isolated event and will not affect foreign media’s reporting at the Beijing Games, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said on Saturday. The journalist, Sjoerd den Daas, was delivering his live report to public broadcaster NOS on Friday evening during the Games opening ceremony in the Chinese capital when several security officials surrounded him and one of them forcefully dragged him away. Another security officer attempted to hold his hand in front of the camera as the reporter tried to continue speaking to it. The broadcaster had to interrupt the link with the reporter, leaving the studio anchor back in the Netherlands confused. “Obviously we ha...
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Olympics: Six German athletes test positive for Covid on arrival in Beijing

Six German athletes who arrived in Beijing on Thursday have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total to seven cases among them so far, the team said.”Three teams of Team D (Germany) are affected,” the Germany team said in a statement on Friday, without naming the people or sports teams affected. “The team members are without symptoms and have been initially separated from the rest of the squad. There will be further PCR tests to confirm the results. The process from here on will be decided by the results.”The other 78 athletes who arrived on the same flight had tested negative. German figure skater Nolan Seegert has already tested positive for COVID-19 twice in Beijing and is isolating in a hotel, forcing Germany to drop out of the figure skating pairs in the te...
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‘Shameful’, says US lawmaker on China picking PLA soldier as torchbearer for Beijing Olympics | More sports News – Times of India

WASHINGTON: A top US lawmaker on Thursday described as "shameful" China picking a PLA soldier, who was part of the military command that attacked Indian soldiers in the Galwan Valley in 2020, as a torchbearer for the Beijing Winter Olympics. Republican Senator Jim Risch, a Ranking Member of the powerful US Senate Foreign Relations Committee, also said that the US will continue to support the sovereignty of India. "It's shameful that Beijing chose a torchbearer for the Olympics 2022 who's part of the military command that attacked India in 2020 and is implementing genocide against the Uyghurs. The US will continue to support Uyghur freedoms and the sovereignty of India," Risch tweeted. It's shameful that #Beijing chose a torchbearer for the #Olympics2022 who's part of the military comman...
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Skier Arif Khan, India’s only athlete at Beijing Games, faced uphill battles with worldly approach

Farhat Naik, best friends with India’s only Winter Games Olympian competing in Beijing Arif Khan, recalls his former classmate once rising in class to correct the pronunciation of ‘asthma’ – as enunciated by their elderly English teacher, Abdul Ghani. “Arif had just returned from a training stint in the USA. He confidently stood up and told Ghani Sir, that it’s ‘as-muh’ not ‘astha-maa’. Imagine this was happening in a government school at Chandi Pora village,” Farhat chuckles, recalling a classmate who always stood out for his polished manners and obsession with precision. To his credit, the wise old teacher encouraged the correction, making the whole class repeat it. Though classmates in higher secondary often ribbed him for his “Amrican accent”, asking him to read out paras from textb...
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Beijing 2022: China soldier in Olympic torch relay raises ire in India | More sports News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The Beijing Winter Olympics drew a frosty reception in India on Wednesday after a Chinese soldier involved in a deadly Himalayan skirmish took part in the traditional torch relay. Qi Fabao, a regiment commander for the People's Liberation Army, was among the troops present in 2020 during the high-altitude clash in the Galwan Valley, which is disputed between the world's two most populous nations. Troops fought a hand-to-hand battle that left at least 20 Indians and four Chinese soldiers dead, though it took Beijing eight months to acknowledge the casualties on its own side. China's Global Times state media outlet feted Qi -- who sustained a serious head injury during the fighting -- as a "hero" after reporting his inclusion among the Games' 1,200 torchbearers. But Qi's recept...
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Winter Olympics: Curling kicks off, but Putin-Xi the main event as politics envelop Beijing | More sports News – Times of India

BEIJING: Mixed doubles curling opened competition in the Beijing Winter Olympics on Wednesday as the shadow of war in Ukraine, and the impending arrival of Russian President Vladimir Putin, loomed over an event already transformed by the coronavirus pandemic. Curling teams from Sweden and Britain clashed inside Beijing's "closed loop", where the world's athletes will compete until Feb. 20 in front of crowds made sparse by COVID-19 curbs. Earlier, basketball great Yao Ming and a Chinese soldier wounded in a border clash with India joined in a torch relay set to last just three days and only be viewed by selected members of the public before the Olympic cauldron is lit. But the political showdown between Putin and the West over Ukraine remained the main Olympic act ahead of Friday's openi...
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Manager of India’s Winter Olympics contingent tests positive for Covid-19 upon arrival in Beijing | More sports News – Times of India

BEIJING: The manager of India's Winter Olympics contingent, Mohammad Abbas Wani, has tested positive for Covid-19 upon arrival at the Beijing Airport here. Abbas Wani is a part of the six-member Indian delegation at the Winter Olympics for which Kashmir skier Arif Khan is the only athlete from the country to have qualified this time. Arif will be competing in Slalom and Giant Slalom events during the Games. The contingent also includes Harjinder Singh as its chef de mission, Ludar Chand Thakur as alpine coach, Puran Chand as technician and Rop Chand Negi as team official. Indian Olympic Association (IOA) president Narinder Batra informed about Abbas Wani's positive COVID result and said chef de mission Harjinder is coordinating with the Winter Olympics organisers for a re-test. "The man...