Oslo says yes to 2022 bid vote
Oslo residents have voted in favour of bidding for the 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympics,the Norwegian capital hoping to bring the event back to the Nordic nation of five million for a third time. With nearly all the votes counted by Monday night,55 percent of Oslo voters supported the bid in a city-wide referendum,a big turnaround compared to earlier opinion polls that showed that high costs had turned many voters off. They say the budget will be 30 billion crowns ($4.98 billion) so you can expect it to blow out to twice that before we’re done, 28-year-old store clerk Frida Nilsen said. That seems to be a lot of money for a two-week party. Only Almaty in Kazakhstan has formally applied to host the 2022 Winter Olympics while Barcelona and Munich are also considering bidding.
S Korea lifters go across DMZ
A delegation of South Korean weightlifters left for Pyongyang on Tuesday to take part in a regional competition that could see the South’s flag raised and national anthem played officially for the first time on North Korean soil. The visit was approved by Seoul’s Unification Ministry last week after Pyongyang promised to guarantee the safety of the South Korean delegation,the ministry said. The North also agreed to allow the South Korean flag to be raised if one of their lifters gets on the podium,and will play the South’s anthem if one of their athlete’s wins gold.
India bid for 2018 Hockey WC
India are among the five nations,who have placed their bids before the International Hockey Federation (FIH) to host the 2018 Hockey World Cup. The FIH said that it had received seven high quality bids from five nations who are all vying for the chance to host men’s and women’s showpiece events to be held simultaneoulsy. According to a FIH statement,four official proposals to host the men’s World Cup have been made,with a further three submissions being made for the women’s tournament. The National Associations of Australia,England,India,Malaysia,and New Zealand have all put strong cases forward in an attempt to lure the sport’s top properties to their territory,the statement added.
Jayaram begins campaign
Shuttlers Ajay Jayaram and Anand Pawar will spearhead Indian challenge when they start their campaign in the men’s singles competition of the China Masters Superseries tournament at Changzhou. World number 24 Jayaram,who had a good run at the Indian Badminton League (IBL) last month,will take on Chen Yuekun of China,ranked 30th,while Pawar will be up against the top seed Chen Long. While,Pawar,ranked 39th,is unlikely to cross the first hurdle,for Jayaram,the road ahead will be equally tough as he would need to get across the likes of fourth seed Tommy Sugiarto of Indonesia and sixth seed Jan O Jorgensen of Denmark to move ahead in the draw.
Ghosal,Dipika set for KL Open
Saurav Ghosal,Dipika Pallikal and Joshna Chinappa would look to make a mark in the star-studded field when the main round of the USD 50,000 CIMB Malaysian Open kicks off in the city of Petaling Jaya,here tomorrow. The Malaysian Open,first established in 1975,is one of the premier squash events in Asia. The tournament attracts top-10 players from across the globe. The KL Open is one of our big events and I want to play some good squash there.My target is to break into the top 20 by this year, Chinappa. This year’s Malaysian Open line-up is headed by former World No.1 Karim Darwish and Canary Wharf Classic finalist Peter Barker.