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    Posts Tagged ‘Hong Kong’

    UAE wins 2009 Challenge Cup of Asia

    Posted by japanstats on 2009 March 30日 Monday

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    ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates – After last year’s inaugural tournament in Hong Kong, the 2009 IIHF Challenge Cup of Asia was hosted and won by the United Arab Emirates.
    The United Arab Emirates was eager to host the tournament in their capital where it was up to 38°C (100°F) outside and made it a successful event for the Asian teams that do not compete in the World Championship program.

    The last two games for gold and bronze were broadcast live and one of the highest Sheikhs – the National Security Advisor and the Chairman of Abu Dhabi Sports Council, His Highness Sheikh Hazza Bin Zayed Al Nahyan – was in attendance for the Emirate’s gold medal win.

    The United Arab Emirates, coached by Serb Marko Zidarevic, won its group by beating Macau (7-0), Singapore (4-2) and Hong Kong (5-1) before downing Malaysia 3-1 in the semi-final.

    Thailand was undefeated in its group against India (14-0), Malaysia (8-2) and Mongolia (5-3), and also won its semi-final game, 6-4 against Hong Kong.

    It all came down to the group winners. After a scoreless beginning, Arthit Thamwongsin opened the scoring for Thailand in the second period but it finished with a 3-2 lead for the Emirates. Thailand equalized in the last stanza but the Emirates scored two more times to win the game 5-3. Juma Mohamed al Dhaheri was their hero with a hat trick, his second of the tournament.

    http://www.iihf.com/home-of-hockey/news/news-singleview/hash/2087f58310/article/uae-wins-challenge-cup-of-asia/955.html

    Didn’t think the hosts had it in them to pull it off against both Thailand and Malaysia, and a great job in hosting the tournament as well! Hopefully the competition will expand in the future with Taiwan rejoining the fray and new entrants from the Middle East as well. Here’s also an interesting blog by a Malaysian player who participated in the tournament.

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    ‘Free Tibet’ flags made in China

    Posted by japanstats on 2008 April 30日 Wednesday

     

    You can’t make this stuff up, who’d order ‘Free Tibet’ flags to be made in China? Must’ve been a subcontracting or something..

    ‘Free Tibet’ flags made in China (BBC)

    Made in China? Police believe some flags may have already been shipped

    Police in southern China have discovered a factory manufacturing Free Tibet flags, media reports say.

    The factory in Guangdong had been completing overseas orders for the flag of the Tibetan government-in-exile.

    Workers said they thought they were just making colourful flags and did not realise their meaning.

    But then some of them saw TV images of protesters holding the emblem and they alerted the authorities, according to Hong Kong’s Ming Pao newspaper.

    Tibet independence

    The factory owner reportedly told police the emblems had been ordered from outside China, and he did not know that they stood for an independent Tibet.

    Workers who had grown suspicious checked the meaning of the flag by going online.

    Thousands of flags had already been packed for shipping.

    Police believe that some may already have been sent overseas, and could appear in Hong Kong during the Olympic torch relay there this week.

    The authorities have now stepped up the inspection of cars heading to the Shenzhen Special Economic Zone and onwards to Hong Kong.

    The Olympic torch is due to tour Hong Kong on Friday. It will then travel to a series of cities in mainland China before reaching Beijing for the start of the Olympic Games in August.

     

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