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SBD Global/July 16, 2014/Olympics

Olympic Notes: South Korea May Lack Ice Hockey Team For PyeongChang 2018

South Korea’s national ice hockey team "has been without a coach for nine months, even though it is desperately seeking a ticket to participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang." The Korea Ice Hockey Association announced that "it will appoint a foreign coach in May." However, "it has failed to do so." The chances "are very slim for Korea," which ranks 23rd, given that the top nine countries in the Int’l Ice Hockey Federation world ranking automatically get spots in the 12-team Olympic competition (KOREA TIMES, 7/15). ... The Confederation of African Athletics "is concerned with the tendencies by local athletics federations to enter overaged competitors in its meetings ahead of the Youth Olympics, which will be held in Nanjing, China in August." CAA President Colonel Hamad Kalkaba Malboum said on Monday that "it beats the logic of organizing age-based competitions for younger athletes when some are keen to go around it and enter senior competitors" (XINHUA, 7/15). ... IOC President Thomas Bach on Tuesday opened a Sport for Hope Centre in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The Sport for Hope Centre features modern sporting facilities and will offer a wide range of educational programs, health services and community activities aimed at rebuilding local communities, promoting social values and giving Haiti’s citizens a better future. The Centre was built at a cost of $18M (IOC).
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