Sports News Roundup: China’s Olympic Games “Father of Skiing” Hopes the Games Will Attract More Ordinary People to the Sport; Australian firm identifies employee who leaked newscasters’ rant on Djokovic and more

Here is a summary of current sports news briefs.

JO-Chinese ‘father of skiing’ hopes games will attract more ordinary people to the sport

Shan Zhaojian stretches his arms and legs to warm up as the 83-year-old prepares to race down a mountain just outside the Chinese capital, Beijing. The goggle skier is technically retired, but thanks to his nickname as China’s ‘father of skiing‘, he has been a prominent icon in the country’s campaign to encourage interest in winter sports so that it is preparing to host the Winter Olympics from February 4. -20.

Australian firm identifies employee who leaked newscasters’ rant on Djokovic

Australian company Ai-Media Technologies, which provides captioning and transcription services, said on Friday it identified the employee who leaked a video of two news anchors privately criticizing tennis star Novak Djokovic. The expletive-laden video, leaked this week, showed Seven West Media’s 7NEWS presenters discussing Djokovic’s COVID-19 status and visa application in an off-air conversation, condemning him as misleading.

Texans fire head coach David Culley

The Houston Texans have fired first-year head coach David Culley, he confirmed Thursday. “I’m disappointed, but it’s part of the business,” Culley told SportsTalk 790 in a radio interview. “I get it and I’m moving on.”

UN chief to attend Beijing Winter Olympics opening

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Thursday he would attend the opening of the Winter Olympics in Beijing next month with the message that the event “must be an instrument of peace in the world”. . His confirmed attendance comes amid a US-led diplomatic boycott protesting China’s human rights record, joined by Australia, Britain, Canada and Japan . China denies the rights violations and has condemned the boycott as betraying Olympic principles.

Motorcycling – Former world champion Marquez cleared to return to training

Six-time MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez has been given the green light to return to training after an off-road accident in November, Repsol Honda has said. Marquez had been suffering from vision problems since the practice accident, which forced him to miss the Algarve and Valencia Grands Prix towards the end of the 2021 season.

Djokovic trains for Australian Open while awaiting visa decision

Tennis world number one Novak Djokovic took to the court on Friday to train for the Australian Open as he waits to hear whether Australia will cancel his visa for the second time, threatening his bid for a Record 21st major tennis title. A relaxed-looking Djokovic has practiced his serves and returns with his entourage to an empty pitch at Melbourne Park, occasionally resting in a chair to wipe sweat from his face.

Olympics-US looks to college ranks to complete men’s ice hockey roster

As the National Hockey League pulled out of the Beijing Olympics, the United States looked to the college ranks to round out its men’s ice hockey squad on Thursday, calling up 15 college players for the Beijing Winter Games. next month. The American team that was to be filled with top NHL players instead comprised a mostly anonymous group of college, European and North American professional minor leaguers.

Gymnastics competition may be over for ‘King Kohei’ Uchimura but gymnastics continues

Japan’s two-time Olympic all-around champion Kohei Uchimura, one of the best male gymnasts of all time, said Friday that while he retires from competition he hopes to continue gymnastics for as long as his body allows him to. will allow. Nicknamed “King Kohei” for his outstanding success, Uchimura won a total of seven Olympic medals, including three golds, in Beijing, London and Rio, but came away empty-handed from the Tokyo Games last year after deciding to quit. focus on high bar and crashing in the qualifying rounds.

Rookies dominate NHL All-Star Game rosters

The NHL All-Star Game on Feb. 5 will be a celebration of the next generation after 18 of the 36 players named to represent their respective divisions by the league’s hockey operations department were chosen for the first time for the contest. showcase. The midseason game in Las Vegas will always have its fair share of power among the four captains selected by fan vote. Alex Ovechkin (Metro Division) of the Washington Capitals, Auston Matthews (Atlantic) of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Nathan MacKinnon (Center) of the Colorado Avalanche and Connor McDavid (Pacific) of the Edmonton Oilers have been selected to lead their teams.

Exclusive-Olympics-African slider’s hopes of competing in Beijing dashed by IOC

African winter sports athletes have suffered a blow after the International Olympic Committee rejected a request to restore continental quotas for bobsleigh and skeleton for the Beijing Games, according to a letter seen by Reuters on Thursday. Ghana’s Akwasi Frimpong was just outside the skeleton top 60, a prerequisite to qualify for the Beijing Olympics from February 4-20, when his chances faded after testing positive for COVID-19 as he was training for his last three qualifying races.

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