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Elmas scores winner, Napoli wins Milan away******
ROME, Dec. 19 (Xinhua) -- Eljif Elmas' goal in the opening minutes proved decisive, as Napoli ended the winless run in Serie A on Sunday by edging AC Milan 1-0 at San Siro.。
It was a head-to-head for the second place, as AC Milan ranked second before Sunday's game, three points ahead of fourth-placed Napoli.。
The away side took a dream start just four minutes into the game when Piotr Zielinski's corner set up Elmas to turn in a header.。
Milan responded by creating a series of chances as Zlatan Ibrahimovic's header was inches wide while Alessandro Florenzi's attempt from distance whistled wide too.。
The Rossoneri continued its press after the break but was toothless to find the back of the net.。
In a desperate bid to avoid a home defeat, Milan poured forward in the closing stage, and it worked wonderfully in the dying minutes when Franck Kessie drilled home from a close range.。
However, the goal was disallowed as the referee judged Olivier Giroud was in an active offside position after checking the VAR.。
The win allowed Napoli to climb to second place with 39 points, leading Milan by virtue of goal difference.。
Elsewhere, Sassuolo squandered a 2-0 lead over Fiorentina, as the Viola fought back for 2-2 on home turf.。
In Sunday's other fixtures, Torino narrowed past Hellas Verona 1-0, Spezia shared the spoils with Empoli at 1-1, while Sampdoria was also held by Venezia 1-1. Enditem。
Beijing 2022 Paralympic torch relay plan unveiled with 100 days to the Winter Paralympics******
BEIJING, Nov. 24 (Xinhua) -- Beijing celebrated the 100-day countdown to the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games with the unveiling of the Paralympic torch relay plan on Wednesday at the National Aquatics Center, known as the "Water Cube" used during Beijing 2008 and converted into the "Ice Cube" for Beijing 2022.。
Cai Qi, secretary of the CPC Beijing Municipal Committee and president of the Beijing Organising Committee for the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (BOCOG), said that the Paralympics will be organized and held in the same manner as the Olympics, and that China is committed to hosting a green, inclusive, open and clean Games.。
"Beijing 2022 will provide warm service for participants from all over the world to hold a simple, safe and splendid Games, and we will take the Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games as an opportunity to further lead the whole society to care for persons with disabilities and encourage them to pursue a better life," Cai said.。
Zhang Jiandong, vice mayor of Beijing and executive vice president of BOCOG, said that the Beijing 2022 Paralympic torch relay featuring about 600 torchbearers will be held during March 2 to 4 next year in the three competition zones of Beijing, Yanqing and Zhangjiakou.。
With the slogan "Health, Joy and Energy," the Beijing 2022 Paralympic torch relay aims to encourage people with disabilities across the world to enjoy winter sports and embrace a promising future.。
The volunteer recruitment of Beijing 2022 attracted more than 2400 Chinese disabled people to sign up, 19 of them will represent the disabled to serve the Games as volunteers.。
During the 100-day countdown celebration, the Beijing 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games Handbook of Services for Persons with Disabilities and the Service Manual for Athletes and Team Officials (Braille and Large Print) were released, providing notices, event schedule and related information for athletes, which can also make staff and volunteers understand how to serve athletes during the Paralympics.。
Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games commemorative coins were also unveiled on Wednesday as souvenirs. Representatives of athletes and volunteers, together with winter sports enthusiasts, jointly celebrated the 100-day countdown through songs, dances, and paintings themed around the Winter Paralympics. Enditem。
Zhejiang center Yu named CBA Rising Star of Month******
BEIJING, Nov. 6 (Xinhua) -- Zhejiang Golden Bulls center Yu Jiahao became the first winner of Rising Star of the Month award in the 2021-22 Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) season on Saturday.。
Standing 2.21 meters tall, Yu contributed an average of 14.8 points, the league's third-highest 10.3 rebounds and 1.1 blocks over a nine-game stretch, shooting 60.5 percent from the floor.。
Born in a basketball family, Yu finished with a double-double of 25 points and 12 rebounds against the Fujian Sturgeons in his CBA debut on October 17.。
Thanks to his stellar growth in recent years, Yu has been widely considered a potential successor to Chinese basketball legend Yao Ming.。
After a 112-76 rout of the Jiangsu Dragons on Saturday, Zhejiang has improved its win-loss record to a league-leading 9-1 to start the current campaign. Enditem。
Feature: Young Indonesians eager to pursue career as badminton player******
by Dames Alexander Sinaga, Wang Aona
JAKARTA, Oct. 28 (Xinhua) -- Thirteen-year-old Muhammad Zylan Febrian is fighting tooth and nail to realize his dream of playing badminton for Indonesia in world arena in the future.
For more than four years, Febrian has been playing badminton routinely with a lot of trainings and intra-and-inter-regional matches, in the hope that he would enter Indonesia's national badminton team.
Badminton is a sport widely favored in Indonesia. Clubs and academies for badminton fans can be found in all regions of the Southeast Asian country, and matches are also held routinely in the world's fourth-most populous country.
Febrian has planned to become a badminton player after joining a club located in the eastern part of the national capital Jakarta in 2018, when Indonesia hosted the 18th Asian Games, in which Febrian's favorite national athlete Anthony Sinisuka Ginting helped the Indonesian team win the silver medal in the men's team event.
"My father enthusiastically watched the games on TV, and he soon registered me for a club afterwards so that I could get trained to become an athlete," he told Xinhua during a recent evening training in Jakarta.
Febrian is currently being trained three days a week at PB Raya badminton club, which was jointly founded by Achmad Rivai, a former national shuttler, and his two friends in 2013. He also conducts routine self-trainings at home in the southern part of Jakarta.
"The sports center is about 30 minutes away from home. My parents always take me here and watch me practicing," he said. "Managing my own time is a challenge," said Febrian, who is also a junior high school student.
Despite no wins for him in all formal matches he has gone through so far, Febrian always tells himself to keep up his strength training. He was once down in the mouth when he lost in his first inter-regional tournament in West Java province in 2019.
"It was intense and I was really nervous at that time. But I won't give up," he said. "Wish me going international and playing in matches in China someday," said Febrian, who idolizes China's retired badminton player Lin Dan.
Another junior badminton player at PB Raya, Cheisha Regustine Irmawati, also hopes to become a national athlete although she is aware she does not have a good chance of success.
The 16-year-old had been in some clubs for more than two years before joining PB Raya in February.
Her coach Ndaru Abrianto, a co-founder of the club, explained that big clubs in Indonesia tend to recruit players in their middle childhood.
"The competition within the circle of professional badminton players in Indonesia is getting much tighter now. Some even start playing at as early as six years old," Abrianto said, adding that some young players choose to take homeschool education in a bid to have more time for practices and trainings.
"Now, I just want to improve my techniques," said Irmawati, who idolizes Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo, an Indonesian badminton player currently ranked world No. 1 in the men's doubles by the Badminton World Federation.
The PB Raya club has seen an increase in its membership after Greysia Polii and Apriyani Rahayu won their first ever Olympic gold in badminton women's doubles in Tokyo this summer.
"The number of members in our club, which was previously about 20, has increased to 60 within one month," said Abrianto.
"Parents registered their kids here, because their kids want to be like their idols," he added.
Rivai explained that the enthusiasm for badminton in Indonesia, home to some 270 million people, is huge as more people are getting aware that Indonesia has made achievements in prestigious badminton competitions, such as Thomas Cup and Uber Cup, and world championships.
"These have made kids nowadays motivated to become athletes," he said.
Rivai mentioned that PB Raya, as a medium-sized club, is aiming to deliver more and more qualified players to be recruited by the national team or big clubs.
He is grateful to the Indonesian government, the Badminton Association of Indonesia (PBSI) and major badminton clubs, like PB Djarum, who have provided support to smaller clubs and have been actively seeking new talented players nationwide through competitions they organize.
"It is important to keep preparing potential successors of the senior and junior athletes so that we can keep team Indonesia at the highest podium," he said. Enditem