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December 21, 2016

In Brief: Australia and New Zealand confirmed to compete at the 2017 Asian Winter Games and more

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Snow, stadiums and netball is the news in brief.

Winter Sports: Australia and New Zealand are two of the confirmed 31 nations that will be sending teams to the 2017 Asian Winter Games in Sapporo, Japan next year.

The Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) revealed the entry list with action taking place between February 19 and 26.

Australia and New Zealand will be competing for the first time following an invitation to Oceania athletes by the OCA, after a request by Australian Olympic Committee President John Coates.

Australian and New Zealand athletes will be able to compete, but restrictions will be placed on them.

Regarded as “guest athletes,” competitors from Oceania will not be awarded medals, even if they finish in the top three positions, and they have been prohibited from taking part in team competitions.

Australia will compete in every individual sport except for ski jumping, with New Zealand competing in speed skating and short track.

Source: InsideTheGames

Stadia: The Queensland Government has unveiled the winning design for Townsville’s new $250 million stadium.

International company Cox Architecture will lead a multi-company team in the construction of the 25,000 seat stadium with completion expected in time for the 2020 NRL season.

Source: ABC

Netball: The Giants Netball has signed their second major partner in a week with FDC Construction & Fitout signing on until 2018.

The two-year agreement will see FDC branding featured on the front of the Giants playing dress. It is construction company’s first elite sports sponsorship in Australia.


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