FOREIGN MASS MEDIA ABOUT CHILDREN OF ASIA
Teams from different countries are arriving to Sakhalin from all over the world. We have prepared a brief selection of materials published by some media abroad about their young athletes and expectations from the upcoming competitions.
The Philippine internet portal Manila Bulletin tells about four Pinay skaters who will be participating in short track. The guys say that they promise to do best efforts in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk. They consider their visit to Russia as one of the stages of preparation for Southeast Asian (SEA) Games which will be held in the Philippines in 2019.
The national team of Turkmenistan intends to shatter stereotypes that there are no winter sports in hot countries, and will arrive in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk to participate in hockey and figure skating. This was reported by Orient News Agency. In addition, several volunteers will also come to Russia to help holding the competitions.
Three juniors will participate in alpine skiing, representing the Republic of Tajikistan at the 1st Winter Children of Asia Games. Before the Games, athletes trained at Safeddara Ski Center with the support of the National Association of Winter Sports of Tajikistan and the National Olympic Committee of Tajikistan, TAJ.NEWS agency reports.
Another Tajikistani media TODAY.TJ reports that the tickets to the Games Opening Ceremony were sold out only in half an hour. The resource also reminds that Tajikistan has already participated in the Summer Children of Asia Games and their athletes won several medals.
Several local editions, including the United News of India reported that India has sawn off their young skiers to Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk to participate in the Children of Asia Games. Before going to Russia, the participants were inspired by officials who noticed that it would be a great opportunity for children to showcase their talent at the international level.
Perhaps the southernmost media coverage of the Children of Asia Games came from New Zealand. Although New Zealanders are not participating in the Games, the Foreign Affairs portal provided very accurate details about the Flame Relay, listing practically every town that the Flame lit in Yakutia has visited.
Sputnik Japanese-language media has also reported on the upcoming competitions and recalled that the main purpose of the event was to strengthen friendship among children of Asian countries, improve sports skills, and promote winter sports in the Asia-Pacific region.