Ten male teams and seven female teams from across the region will participate in traditional Myanmar boxing event for the 27th South East Asian Games, according to Myanmar Boxing Federation.
Ten Asian countries, except Brunei, will compete in the mens competition. The female competition will see boxers from Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines, Vietnam, East Timor duke it out inside the ring.
Sprinter Chandrika Subashini is making steady progress towards her personal best after overcoming a bad patch plagued with sicknesses. With a busy international schedule coming up, her recent form indicates that she could be Sri Lanka’s brightest prospect in athletics in 2014 where the country will compete in at least three major International Multi Sports events.
Asian Games, Commonwealth Games and Lusophony Games are some of the major international sports events that Sri Lanka will be competing in 2014. Going by her recent form, Subashini is the leading contender in the female category in track and field, having overcome a rather disappointing phase.
A ninth grade student from CIA First International School, Tieng Kimleng, emerged as the winner of a writing contest yesterday to determine Cambodia’s young reporter heading to next year’s Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea, under a program sponsored by the Olympic Council of Asia.
Almaty (Kazakhstan): Rising Indian boxer Shiva Thapa (56kg) and Commonwealth Games gold-medallist Manoj Kumar (64kg) endured draining contests but came out triumphant to enter the quarterfinals on a bitter-sweet day for India in the World Boxing Championships, here on Monday.
Both the boxers came back after being down a round to outwit their respective rivals. While Asian champion and fourth seed Shiva got the better off Argentina`s Alberto Melian 2-1, sixth seed Manoj beat Canada`s Yves Ulysse by the same margin.
The Ministry of Hotels and Tourism has been discussing with the Shangrila Residence and the Rose Garden Hotel in Yangon about the possibility of being operational in time for the upcoming Southeast Asian Games.
Yangon and Nay Pyi Taw are the two major locations that are expected to face room shortage problems during the SEA Games, according to the Ministry.
The Ministry's director Hlaing Oo said Shangrila Residence will provide 240 rooms while the Rose Garden Hotel will provide 300 rooms so Yangon will have enough hotel rooms if the two hotels can be operational before the SEA Games.
(SFC) A senior government official from South Korea told theKorean Heraldthe country has invited North Korea to attend the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon.
“We asked North Korea to participate in the 2014 Incheon Asian Games some two months ago via the Olympic Council of Asia,” Second Vice Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Park Jong-gil told reporters.
COJUANGCO: Well, I think the media has overreacted to our position, because the South East Asian Games has always been a friendly gathering of the 11 countries and we have just expressed our feelings that South East Asian Games have to be sort of rehabilitated or something, because of the fact that as pointed out in the last meeting of the South East Asian Games Federation Council is that the South East Asian countries have been falling down in the number of medals being won in the Olympics every Olympic year, because of the fact that we have not focused really on our Olympic sports in the South East Asian Games itself.
It's gotten worse to the fact that in Myanmar now, there are for example our tennis president of our Federation here says there are 14 events to be contested and of the 14, he's only familiar with four and the other ten are not that familiar. So what we are trying to do is to get other countries' opinion on the matter. And I've just arrived from Lausanne, where there was a meeting of the Association of National Olympic Committee. I had spoken to a few of the leaders of the South East Asian countries and they had the same feeling. So I asked a few of them that I talked to as said how about getting together and discussing this, not necessarily to affect the games in Myanmar, but for future references and everyone I talked to seemed to be in agreement that something has to be done. So in the latter part of November this year, the Philippines will be hosting a Centennial Festival of Asian Sports, because in 1913, the first international sports competition was held here in the Philippines and we have been tasked to host that kind of celebration...and I asked them maybe you people can come a day earlier than our convention itself and discuss this matter and all those that I talked to anyway were willing to talk about it and they agreed with my position.
EWART: Can I ask therefore, because of what you were saying there the fact that you've just come back from this meeting of the Olympic Associations in Switzerland. I mean has your position perhaps changed since you've had those informal talks, because certainly the message that was coming out of the Philippines was that you were talking of sending a much smaller team to the South East Asian Games in Myanmar than usual and the Chairman of the Philippines Sports Commission, as I say, was suggesting that you might pull out of the organisation altogether. So it seems as though things have calmed down maybe in the last 24 hours?
COJUANGCO: No, necessarily calmed down. We are still going to be sending a small delegation. We still have to express our position that we have to do some changes and but as far as completely pulling out, I think that's been taken out of context wherever they got the idea of us pulling out, because we do belong to the South East Asian Games Federation and there are just some media releases here that have sort of had that idea of us boycotting. Because the big concern here is, of course, is that we have been, the medal tally, the gold medal tally of the Philippines have been going down as well. So I think there are more people concerned about how we were going to be performing. The fact is like this, whenever we send a delegation to the South East Asian Games, over 50 per cent of the people that compete in the South East Asian Games come home with medals and as far as I'm concerned as President of the Philippine Olympic Committee, I'm very satisfied with the performance of our athletes. The only problem is we are not getting into the gold medal circle and so we're doing something about that.
RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Mohamed Shaween, who won men’s 1500m gold at the 2010 Asian Games, has been given a three-year ban for violating anti-doping regulations, the Saudi Arabian Anti-Doping Committee (SAADC) said.
Dilly-dallying on part of the Indian boxing federation (IBF) over holding the men's national championship, which is likely to miss its traditional October-November date, means time is running out to hone the skills of emerging talent with the potential to blossom at next year's Commonwealth Games and Asian Games.
Security remains a concern for Myanmar, who will be hosting the 27th Southeast Asian Games for the first time in 44 years in their new capital Nay Pyi Taw from December 11 to 22. The country, earlier known as Burma, had hosted the Games in 1961 and 1969. The country's preparations have hit a snag when a series of bomb blasts went off around the country in October. The threat of sectarian violence has become an overriding concern for all participating nations, especially to Muslim-majority Malaysia and Indonesia. Nonetheless, Myanmar's Deputy Minister for Sport Zaw Win has assured the countries that security plans are in place and the Myanmar police force will work together with international counterparts to ensure tight security during the Games.
MANILA, Philippines - Gilas Pilipinas has just signed Marcus Douthit to a contract-extension deal lasting up to September, assuring the PH team of a naturalized player in the 2014 FIBA World Cup in Spain and in the succeeding Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea.
National coach Chot Reyes, however, doesn’t rule out the possibility of tapping in another naturalized player.
“We’ve renewed his contract until the Asian Games, so he’s going to be there. Whether it’s him that we’ll eventually use, that depends on, No. 1, will we find somebody better than him and, No. 2, can we get him through the needed naturalization process,” said Reyes.
MANILA—Barging into the top three and earning a qualifying spot to next year’s world championships is what the Philippine national women’s softball team is aiming for when it competes in the 14th Women’s Softball World Championship Asian qualifier later this month in Chinese Taipei.
“Ten of them played in the 2011 Southeast Asian Games in Indonesia, where they won the gold.. The players have been practicing since August, and they are young, fast and strong,” Amateur Softball Association of the Philippines operations manager Ismael Veloso said during the Scoop Forum yesterday. Some of them have also played in the Little League World Series. I hope the team does will and we’ll advance to the world championships.
Thirty one years ago, wiry and slim Prasun Banerjee was a member of the Indian football team which reached the quarter finals of the 9thAsian Games in Delhi. He scored both the goals, with blistering left footed shots from outside the box, in the 2-0 win over Bangladesh. In the group league phase, he then helped India beat Malaysia 1-0 and draw 2-2 with China. Playing in the 4-3-3 system, the hallmark of India’s display was their superlative midfield trio – Parminder Singh on the right, Prasun as the central holding midfielder and Prasanta Banerjee on the left. Experts like P.K. Banerjee and Arun Ghosh consider this trio as India’s best midfield in the modern era.
Having players as full-time athletes at the Sports Institute has changed the face of women's rugby in Hong Kong. Photo: Nora Tam
The benefits of becoming a full-time athlete at the Hong Kong Sports Institute are already paying off for women's rugby with Hong Kong now proving a serious challenger to Asian powerhouse China.
With 12 full-time athletes on the cards at the elite training academy, the Hong Kong women have twice gone down narrowly to China, losing with the last try of the match at the Shanghai Sevens, giving rise to expectations of an Asian Games medal in Incheon, South Korea, next year.