Asian games 2018 korea soccer schedule JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesia hopes hosting the upcoming Asian Games will help revive the fortunes of its troubled national soccer team and act as a springboard for their qualification for the 2024 Paris Olympics, the nation’s soccer association said. At the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Iranian judoka Arash Miresmaeili was disqualified for weighing in at nearly four pounds above the limit for his weight class of his under-66 kilograms match against an Israeli opponent Ehud Vaks in the first round. It was claimed Miresmaeili had gone on an eating binge to protest the International Olympic Committee’s recognition of the state of Israel. Iran does not recognise the state of Israel, and Miresmaeili’s actions won praise from high-ranking Iranian officials. Mohammad Khatami, the country’s President at the time, was quoted as saying Miresmaili’s actions would be “recorded in the history of Iranian glories”. He was later awarded $125,000 by the Government – the same amount given to Olympic gold medallists.
In what proved to be a rematch of the Women’s Asian Cup semi-finals, China looked a different side in comparison to their meeting four months ago. The previous match saw the Chinese lose 3-1 in a game largely dominated by their opponents, but they took the game to their longtime rivals this time around. Capitalising on their physical strengths and progressive team play, Jia’s side pressed hard and carved out far more chances, only to be punished by their profligacy in front of goal.…READ MORE