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China's Sun to miss relay with sore thumb INCHEON: China's double Olympic champion Sun Yang will skip the Asian Games 4x200 metres freestyle relay on Monday after hurting his thumb in the individual event, Chinese media reported.The towering Sun, beaten to gold by Japan's Kosuke Hagino in Sunday's 200 final, will rest for Tuesday's 400 freestyle, when he once again faces the Japanese and South Korean rival Park Tae-Hwan."Sun will not race in the 4x200m relay tonight," Sun's coach Zhang Yadong told China's Xinhua news agency. The reigning Olympic 400 and 1,500 metres champion will not pull out of the Games in South Korea however and will take part in the individual races."He will not quit," insisted Zhang. "All strong men grow up in disadvantaged environment."Sun blamed a left thumb injury for his shock loss to Hagino in the 200 metres, saying he caught it on the final turn before being touched out by the Japanese with local ...

Pakistan faces Japan in Asian Games baseball opener on Tuesday INCHEON: Pakistan hoping to improve their standing in baseball event of the XVII Asian Games as they prepared to face Japan in their opening group A match at Munhak Baseball Stadium on Tuesday.Pakistan finished 5th in the last Asiad held in Guangzhou (China) four years ago. But they are hoping to improve standing in the eight team competition. Pakistan’s lone win in the last games was against Hong Kong.They are drawn in comparatively group A ...
'Medal Ceremony Girls' take up Korea beauty battle INCHEON: North Korea has its "Army of Beauties", but the rival South is fighting back at the Asian Games with its "Medal Ceremony Girls".Many South Koreans were heartbroken when the rival North refused to send its renowned cheerleaders to the pan-Asian sporting event in Incheon, in a political wrangle.Though praising anything about the North is against the law, people in the South admired the troupe of sharply dressed, good-looking "Army of Beauties" first brought to ...
Injury-plagued Nadal pulls out of new league NEW DELHI: Fourteen times grand slam winner Rafa Nadal has dealt a big blow to organisers of this year's International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) by pulling out of the inaugural event citing health problems."We regret to announce that due to health reasons, #RafaelNadal will not be playing in the #IPTL. We're rooting for you, #GetWellSoonRafa!" IPTL said in a tweet Monday.The 28-year-old Spaniard also pulled out of the U.S. Open last month, after failing to ...
China's Sun Yang pulls out of relay at Asian Games INCHEON: Chinese swimming star Sun Yang withdrew from one of the relays at the Asian Games on Monday after injuring his thumb in a race the previous night.Sun's coach Zhang Yadong said the multi world and Olympic champion was pulling out of the men's 4x200 metres freestyle relay, an event China won at the last Asian Games four years ago."Sun will not race in the 4x200m relay tonight," Zhang told the Xinhua news agency, without ...
Pakistan squash star raises voice for equality INCHEON: As a child Maria Toorpakay Wazir had to dress as a boy to be able to play sport in Pakistan and now as the country's number one women's squash player she says there is still too much resistance.Toorpakay, competing at the Asian Games in South Korea, vowed not to stop helping girls in Pakistan overcome discrimination and cultural obstacles even though she has received threats for her work."I feel that this is my responsibility," ...
China defend basketball with new 'Great Wall' INCHEON: China are hoping a new version of their famous "Great Wall of China" can help maintain their Asian Games basketball dominance as they come under heavy attack from rivals.China, with players like towering NBA superstar Yao Ming, have won seven of the last nine men's gold medals stretching back to their first triumph in Bangkok in 1978.But since their 2010 Asiad victory on home soil in Guangzhou, China have seen the retirement of Yao, ...


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