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Helsinki Sports in Asia – From Brunei and India to Nepal!

Road to London 2012!

Brunei Darussalam

Did you know- By the late 1980s, Juan Antonio Samaranch, ex- President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), arrived in Brunei Darussalam, one of the youngest members of the Olympic family. During his trip to the Sultanate of Brunei, Mr Samaranch visited many sports facilities. For the initially time, Brunei, among the world's richest countries, competed in the Olympics in 1984.


Did you know- At the commencement of the 21st century, the People's Republic of China produced the most successful weightlifters on Earth.

Hong Kong

Did you know- A 48-member team from Hong Kong -a British colony until 1997– participated in the Summer Olympics in the US city of Los Angeles (California) in 1984. HK competed in 10 sports: archery (6), training (3), cycling (4), fencing (5), kayak (7), shooting (7), swimming (10), tennis (1), and wrestling (4).


Did you know- The Indian men's hockey team won the Olympic Tournament eight era: Amsterdam 1928, Los Angeles 1932, Berlin 1936, London 1948, Helsinki 1952, Melbourne 1956, Tokyo 1964, and Moscow 1980. But over the last three decades, India has been overtaken by several nations, from South Korea and Argentina to Malaysia and England.


Did you know- By 1989, in Islamabad, the capital city of Pakistan, the Island's athlete Ishrath Hameed established a new national record of 13.64 seconds in the women's 100m (track & field).


Did you know- By 2004, the country's athlete Sangina Baidya came in fifth place in the women's 49-kilogram category at the Olympic Taekwondo Tournament in Athens (Greece). Miss Baidya is one of the nation's most respected athletes.


Did you know- By 1974, Singapore's jogger Chee Swee Lee established a new Asian mark of 55.08 seconds in the women's 400m. In that year, she also won the gold medal in the Asian Games in Tehran, Iran, and became the initially sportswoman in the country to win an Asian title. Since then, she was the most well loved athlete-male or female- in the nation, one of the wealthiest countries in Asia.

South Korea

Did you know- A twenty-member team from South Korea participated in Winter Olympics in the Norwegian city of Lillehammer in February 1994.

Sri Lanka

Did you know- The Island of Sri Lanka – ex- Ceylon until 1972– sent three athletes and one shooter to the Olympics in the German city of Munich. But, none of them were able to qualify for the second round.

The People's Democratic Republic of Yemen

Did you know- By the early 1980s, Yemen DPR's jogger Talha Ahmed Karim set a new national record of 13.81 seconds in the women's 100m (track & field).

Source by Alejandro Guevara Onofre

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