Figure skating-Filipino skater got call to Olympics less than a month ago

Friday, 16 February 2018

Filipino figure skater Michael Martinez had other plans for February after narrowly missing the cut for the Olympics at a qualifier last year. In fact, he’d hung up his skates for good and turned to body building instead. “I was seventh out of six of us supposed to be going,” he told reporters after his short skate on Friday. “I was like, you know what, it’s time to put up my skates and I’m retired and everything. So I didn’t skate at all.” Then, ...

Saudi boxing trainer, Hala al-Hamrani, who earned black belt at age 16

Friday, 9 February 2018

Hala al-Hamrani, a Saudi boxing trainer, has described her experience as “unique” and that the sport has given her self-confidence and the ability to face challenges. At the age of 16, she earned a black belt in the Japanese martial arts sport Jujutsu. The boxer was born to a Saudi father and an American mother who was also a boxer. In an interview with Al, Hamrani said that she has seen more and more Saudi women signing-up to practice different sports. She also said ...

Does Winter Olympics still make sense?

Thursday, 8 February 2018

The Olympic Winter Games, especially those taking place currently in Pyeongchang, are struggling to match their summer cousins in the collective imagination, except for people living less than 30 minutes from the ski slopes.This is the case worldwide, where the event goes unnoticed in Africa, Latin America, South Asia - these three huge areas totaling zero medals in the history of the Winter Olympics.The absence of snow and ice over much of the globe is seemingly the limit to the popularity of ...

North Korea’s participation to highlight Winter Olympics opening ceremony

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

North Korea’s participation at the next month’s Winter Olympics will form an integral part of an opening ceremony that will highlight a key message of peace, Games organisers said on Tuesday. The 2018 Winter Olympics is being held in the mountainous resort town of Pyeongchang, 80 km (49.71 miles) from the heavily-fortified inter-Korean border, and kicks off with the opening ceremony on Feb. 9. Song Seung-hwan, who is serving as the executive creative director for the Pyeongchang ...

Technological innovation the key for Squash’s Olympic dream

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Squash chiefs have long held a desire for the sport to be a part of the Olympic Games and thanks to innovations in technology, their dream may be closer to becoming a reality. Squash has failed on three occasions to be included in the Games, most recently as part of the program for Tokyo 2020. Yet the sport hopes that the adoption of new data systems will make it a more appealing product as it seeks inclusion in the Paris 2024 Olympics. Next month, squash ...

Mutko stepping down as Russia Football Union chief

Tuesday, 26 December 2017

Russia Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko, banned for life from the Olympics this month, is temporarily stepping down from his role as head of the country’s Football Union, he said on Monday. Mutko is to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on Tuesday against the decision by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to ban him from the Games over allegations of state-sponsored doping. “For the period of the proceedings I will suspend my work at ...

Barbie makes doll of hijab-wearing Olympian Ibtihaj Muhammad

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

The maker of Barbie has announced it will sell a doll modeled after Ibtihaj Muhammad, an American fencer who competed in last year's Olympics while wearing a hijab.Mattel Inc. said the doll will be available online next fall. The doll is part of the Barbie "Shero" line that honors women who break boundaries. Past dolls have included gymnast Gabby Douglas and "Selma" director Ava DuVernay."I had so many moments as an athlete, where I didn't feel included, where I was ...

Pyeongchang 2018 Games torch lit in ancient Olympia

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

The torch for the Pyeongchang 2018 winter Olympics was lit in ancient Olympia on Tuesday using the backup flame from the dress rehearsal due to rainy weather, kicking off the countdown for the first winter Games in Asia outside Japan. The run-up to the Feb. 9-25 Olympics has been overshadowed by the escalating crisis on the Korean peninsula triggered by North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile tests but organizers said the Games would be safe. The traditional ...

Just over two years left, intense work at Tokyo Olympic stadium site

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

The Olympic stadium in Tokyo is taking shape with 22 cranes on site and the spectator stands being installed after 10 months of underground foundation work.With its completion deadline just over two years away, work is intense.Olympic Minister Shunichi Suzuki, during a visit to the New National Stadium on Tuesday, said the construction is proceeding as scheduled, praising the workflow efficiency. He said all possible technology must be mobilized to finish the stadium by the November 2019 ...

Training a champion: Pellegrini’s coach talks to Al Arabiya

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Watching Italian Olympic swimmer Federica Pellegrini winning the gold medal in the 200-meter freestyle at the Swimming World Championship in Budapest this July, one wonders how she made it again to the very top. In 2008 Beijing Olympic champion Pellegrini won 7 World Championships, and she keeps on winning also after turning 28, which for an athlete, especially for a swimmer, is quite an age. According to Matteo Giunta, Pellegrini’s coach since 2014, isolation, psychological support, ...

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