Asia in action: Top sports news this week from Asia

In this article, we have mentioned all the seven important and famous sports-related news from the Asia of this week in detail. 

This week in sports, a lot of stuff happened in Asia. There were moments in snowboarding and diving, and some plans got changed unexpectedly. Let’s talk about the best parts, like famous players retiring, surprising wins, and the start of a big swimming and diving competition.

China Adds Another Diving Gold with Quan Hongchan and Chen Yuxi at the World Aquatics Championships 2024

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Quan Hongchan and Chen Yuxi secured another diving gold for China at the World Aquatics Championships, dominating the women’s synchronized 10-meter platform. They clinched their third consecutive world title, leading from start to finish. In artistic swimming, China also triumphed in the team technical event, while Canada’s Jacqueline Simoneau claimed a historic gold in women’s solo free. China’s dominance continued with a total of four gold medals in diving and artistic swimming during the championships in Doha, setting the stage for their anticipated success at the Paris Olympics.

Ono and Hirano maintain their halfpipe World Cup season championships

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Mitsuki Ono secured her third consecutive snowboarding halfpipe World Cup victory in Calgary, sealing her second straight women’s overall title. Ruka Hirano, her compatriot, also clinched back-to-back overall titles by finishing second in the men’s circuit. Ono, 19, scored 90.00 on her flawless second run, outperforming her first run’s 89.00. She expressed genuine happiness, saying, “I achieved my goal.” Hirano, with 88.25 points, claimed the men’s overall title. Both emphasized the importance of consistency and improvement in their performances throughout the season.

China Scraps Argentina’s Tour Following Lionel Messi’s Absence in Miami

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After Lionel Messi‘s absence from a club exhibition match in Hong Kong, the fallout continues as both of Argentina’s friendly matches in mainland China next month are canceled. The Beijing Football Association announced the cancellation of the scheduled match against Ivory Coast in Beijing, stating that Beijing doesn’t plan to organize the match in which Messi was supposed to participate. This decision follows the earlier cancellation of Argentina’s exhibition match against Nigeria by Chinese sports authorities. Messi’s absence in Hong Kong, citing a groin injury, drew criticism, especially after he played for 30 minutes in Tokyo against Vissel Kobe later in the week.

Togo Secures Victory Over Indonesia in Davis Cup World Group II Play-offs

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Togo celebrates a Davis Cup tennis victory, defeating Indonesia 3-2 in World Group II play-offs in Lomé. Komlavi Loglo and Thomas Setodji’s efforts secure Togo’s spot in the next round in September 2024. Captain Loglo Komlavi expresses excitement, highlighting Togo’s unity. The win marks a notable return to the tennis scene after a 20-year absence, attributed to efforts by the national federation, including a tennis school in Lomé. The school focuses on intensive training, aiming to produce future champions, as evidenced by students participating in the Davis Cup. Togo’s Davis Cup success reflects a new chapter in its tennis history.

Sports Unique Sticker on Cricket Bat of MS Dhoni During Net Practice Ahead of Upcoming IPL Season

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Mahendra Singh Dhoni, ahead of the 2024 IPL season, caught the attention of fans as he was seen training with a bat adorned with a ‘Prime Sports’ sticker, promoting his childhood friend Paramjit Singh’s sports shop. Dhoni has consistently expressed gratitude for the support he received from his close circle during his early cricketing days. His association with friends, including securing his first bat sponsor, was depicted in the 2016 biopic ‘MS Dhoni: The Untold Story.’ Dhoni’s unique way of endorsing Prime Sports reflects his loyalty to friends. The Chennai Super Kings, led by Dhoni, are the defending champions entering the IPL 2024 season.

Legendary Indonesian Footballer Ismed Sofyan Calls It a Career at 44, Ending an Iconic Run with Persija

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Ismed Sofyan, the revered Indonesian footballer and Persija Jakarta legend, announced his retirement from professional football at the age of 44. After 25 years in the sport, Sofyan expressed gratitude for achieving his goals and retiring as a player. Having spent 21 years with Persija Jakarta, winning the 2017–2018 Indonesian first-division league, he concluded his career with Bekasi FC. Sofyan, a right-back, earned high caps for the Indonesian national team, featuring in over 50 matches. Reflecting on his retirement, he quoted Lionel Messi, expressing the hope of being remembered as a decent guy.

Union Minister Anurag Thakur Launches the Inaugural BIMSTEC Aquatics Championships

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Union Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports, Anurag Singh Thakur, inaugurated the BIMSTEC Aquatics Championships 2024 in New Delhi, marking the first-ever occurrence of this event. Thakur emphasized the significance of uniting the seven BIMSTEC countries and fostering collaboration in the Bay of Bengal region. The championships, initially scheduled for 2021, were postponed to 2024 due to the global pandemic. Thakur highlighted the event’s role in strengthening friendships and promoting a deeper sporting culture, aligning with Prime Minister Narendra Modi‘s vision announced during the 4th BIMSTEC Summit in Nepal in 2018. The competition, spanning swimming, water polo, and diving for athletes under 20, takes place from February 6 to 9 in Delhi, featuring 268 athletes from BIMSTEC member countries vying for 39 medals and 9 trophies. BIMSTEC serves as a crucial link between South and Southeast Asia for multi-sectoral technical and economic cooperation.

Conclusion

In this week’s Asian sports, we saw some great wins, retirements, and surprises. Athletes from snow slopes to diving boards and cricket fields showed off their talents. As we finish, the BIMSTEC Aquatics Championships look forward to more excitement, uniting nations through sportsmanship.

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