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South Korea welcomes Olympic flame ahead of 2018 Games

South Korea welcomes Olympic flame ahead of 2018 Games

By Peter Rutherford INCHEON, South Korea, Nov 1 (Reuters) The Olympic flame arrived in South Korea on Wednesday to begin its journey towards the 2018 Pyeongchang Games, with organisers confident it will spark a new era for winter sports in Asia. South Korean sports minister Do Jong-hwan and 2010 Vancouver Games figure skating champion Kim Yuna carried the flame in a special lantern off a Korean Air flight from Greece after it was handed over to 2018 organisers at a ceremony on Tuesday. Figure skater Kim and South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-yeon then lit a cauldron with the Olympic flame, which was last seen in South Korea almost 30 years ago during the 1988 Seoul Summer Games. Organising chief Lee Hee-beom described it as "a very significant moment in history" for Korea and promised athletes and sports fans coming to Pyeongchang "the time of their lives". "The wait is over for South Korea. We are now 100 days to the Olympic Games," he told reporters at a ceremony at Incheon airport. "The Olympic Games and the Olympic flame are symbols of hope and peace. The Games have the power to bring the world together." In a nod to the year of the Games, the torch relay will cover 2,018 kilometres through nine provinces, eight major cities, and more than 150 counties and districts before it winds up at its destination in Pyeongchang, some 180 kilometres east of the capital Seoul. The Games kick off on Feb. 9 and will feature approximately 3,000 athletes from 95 NOCs, though there has been no confirmation whether North Korea plan to take part. Tensions on the Korean peninsula have escalated in recent months due to the North's nuclear and missile programs, as well as the threats and insults exchanged between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. REUTERS PS 0757

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Lakshya ensures medal for India; sails into semi-finals at Jakarta

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20 Jul 2018 | 7:58 PM

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Women Quarterfinalists spotted in World Junior Squash

20 Jul 2018 | 5:41 PM

Chennai, Jul 20 (UNI) Amid intense competitions, the race to the top has begun as the quarterfinalists in the Women's section in the WSF World junior squash championship were identified on Friday.

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Fakhar becomes first Pakistani batsman to score 200 in ODI

20 Jul 2018 | 5:39 PM

Islamabad, July 20 (UNI) Opener Fakhar Zaman has become the first Pakistani batsman to enter the 200 club in One-day International cricket when he scored an unbeaten 210 runs against Zimbabwe, according to the reports here.

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FC Goa announce signing of Senegalese central defender Mourtada Fall

20 Jul 2018 | 4:43 PM

Panaji, Jul 20 (UNI) FC Goa have announced the signing of Senegalese central defender Mourtada Fall.

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PINTO NAMES 25-MEMBER SQUAD FOR U-20 COTIF TOURNAMENT

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20 Jul 2018 | 4:25 PM

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Spain, on July 21, All India Football Federation (AIFF) said on
Friday.

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