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Flame goes out on Asiad INCHEON: The Asian Games' symbolic flame went out before the first day of competition had even ended, red-faced organisers admitted Sunday.The cauldron at the main Incheon stadium, lit at a grand opening ceremony on Friday night, went out for 10 minutes late Saturday, organising committee officials said.The flame at the Asian Games, Olympics and other major sports events is considered a symbol of the event."It seems there were some technical problems," said one Incheon Asian Games Organising Committee (IAGOC) official.A complicated mixture of water and liquefied gas is used to create a fountain-shaped flame and the official said this may have been the cause.It was not the first case of enforced darkness at the Asian Games, which runs until October 4. The first round of the women's badminton team event was delayed after a power outage caused lights and screens to go off at the Gyeyang Gymnasium.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), ...

Korean schoolboy outguns Olympic champion INCHEON: Shy teenager Kim Cheong-Yong beat the Olympic and world champion to individual gold as South Korea swept the men's 10 metre air pistol titles at the Asian Games Sunday.The 17-year-old, fourth in the qualifying round earlier, beat a star-studded field in the eight-man final to claim the individual crown to thunderous applause from home fans.Kim's hero, South Korea's Olympic and world champion Jin Jong-Oh, was relegated to third place behind former Olympic gold medallist ...

Teen puts South Korea clear on Asiad table INCHEON: Teenager Kim Cheon-Yong picked off two shooting golds Sunday to take South Korea clear of China in the Asian Games medals race as swimming rivals Sun Yang and Park Tae-Hwan headed for a showdown.North Korea also made its presence felt at the Incheon Games by getting its first gold medal as Olympic weightlifting champion Om Yun-Chol raised more than three times his body weight to set a new world record.Seventeen-year-old Kim kept his nerve ...

OCA boss says 'different cultures' causes sex harassment INCHEON: Asia's Olympic boss apologised Sunday over sexual harassment cases at the Asian Games but said there must be an understanding of "different traditions" and highlighted the small number of incidents involved.Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) president Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah said the body had acted quickly after a female volunteer accused an Iranian official of sexual harassment and allegations were made against a Palestinian footballer.But he added: "To also be reasonable we need to ...

Asian Games closer to letting in Pacific states INCHEON: China could face the might of Australia in the pool at future Asian Games after the Olympic Council of Asia said Sunday it was working towards letting Pacific states compete.President Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah said the body was taking a "step-by-step" approach to admitting Oceania nations, starting first with Asia's indoor games before considering the continent's winter tournament."We are happy that Australia has asked to join," Sheikh Ahmad said. "It would add value technically ...

Badminton legend Lee slams court lighting INCHEON: Malaysia's world badminton number one Lee Chong Wei slammed the court conditions in Incheon Sunday, saying that the lights were too bright and causing problems for players.Lee breezed through his first match against Nepal's Ratna Jit Tamang in the men's team quarter-final, at the start of his Asian Games swansong. But he was unhappy after the match."This was my first match and I just wanted to try out how I felt," Lee told AFP."I ...

Stars battle for glory in home city of China's Li Na WUHAN: Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova will headline the inaugural Wuhan Open this week after Chinese icon and hometown hero Li Na announced her shock retirement on the eve of the tournament.The pair are among the star-studded line-up for the $2.4 million event, which has been established on the back of the success of China's two-time Grand Slam winner.The shadow of the tennis trailblazer has loomed large over the WTA Premier tournament since she stunned ...


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