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July 13, 2019

Taekwondo team to tour Amman

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July 13, 2019

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan taekwondo team will participate in the 10th Asian Kyorugi Juniors Championship, El Hassan International Open Cup and Youth Cadet Championship which will be held in Amman (Jordan) from July 18 to 29.

Pakistan Taekwondo Federation President Lt Col (r) Raja Wasim Ahmed and secretary Murtaza Hassan Bangash will also attend the general council meeting of Asia in Amman. During the meeting, bidding of championships of Asia for year 2021 will also be announced.

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Tokyo to host pre-Olympic tournament

By Our correspondent

ISLAMABAD: Tokyo Olympic organisers have invited three teams for the Men’s Pre-Olympic Hockey event to be played at the Oi Hockey Stadium (Tokyo) from August 17-21.

Besides hosts Japan, India, New Zealand and Malaysia will compete in the four-nation tournament.

The usual “test event” for the 2020 Olympic hockey tournaments will take a little less than a year before the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 and in similar climatic conditions.

The purpose of this event is to test arrangements that will be in place for next year’s Olympic Games, in particular the field of play, enhance operational readiness as well as support the training and development of Games-time workforce and volunteers.

Eight teams have been invited to participate in this contest. The men’s as well as the women’s tournaments will involve four teams each:

Men’s: Japan, India, Malaysia, New Zealand. Women’s: Japan, Australia, China, India.

The tournament will be preceded by an opening ceremony organised by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government to officially launch the event but also inaugurate the brand-new Oi Hockey Stadium, consisting of two pitches, which will remain as a remarkable legacy for Japanese hockey after the Games.

The pitches, with their capacities of 10,000 and 5,000 seats respectively at the Olympics Games, are located in a leafy park in the waterfront area of Tokyo Bay. The cherry blossoms (Sakura) in the park are beautiful in spring, and the stadium itself is less than 30 minutes away from Haneda International Airport.

Designed to meet the aspirations of the world’s best players, the turf — Poligras Tokyo GT 11-43 EL 10 — is the most environmentally friendly and sustainable hockey turf yet produced by FIH Official Supplier, Polytan.

The FIH delegation in Tokyo will include FIH President and IOC Member Dr Narinder Dhruv Batra, FIH CEO Thierry Weil, FIH Executive Board (EB) Member and AHF (Asian Hockey Federation) President Fumio Ogura as well as FIH EB Member, IOC Commission Member and AHF CEO Tayyab Ikram.

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