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Japan looks to youth at Paris 2024




Japan is looking to its young talent to impress at next year’s Paris Olympics after finishing a distant second in the Asian Games medals table to hosts China.

Japan won 52 golds in Hangzhou and 188 medals overall, down on their haul from the previous Asian Games, in Jakarta in 2018.


They were well behind China’s record-setting 201 golds.

But chef de mission Mitsugi Ogata said Sunday that Japan’s young athletes in recently added Olympic sports can do the business in Paris.

“One reason why we are happy with our athletes’ performance is that we qualified for the Paris Olympics in many events,” he said.

“We have also had some great performances from our young athletes in skateboarding, sports climbing, table tennis and so on.”

Japan won gold medals from 15-year-old skateboarder Hinano Kusaki and 16-year-old climber Sorato Anraku in Hangzhou.


Hotly tipped 13-year-old Ginwoo Onodera also showed flashes of his talent before finishing out of medal contention in men’s street skateboard.

But Japan did not do as well as in previous years in sports where they have traditionally racked up the medals.

They topped the swimming medals table ahead of China in Jakarta but finished third behind South Korea in Hangzhou, winning only five golds and 30 medals overall in the pool.

They also failed to claim gold in baseball – a Japanese national obsession.

Ogata said China, who won 383 medals overall, were too strong on home soil in many sports.


“If you’re analysing why we won less medals than last time, China dominated and India did surprisingly well, so that left us with less medals to win,” he said.

Japan enjoyed their best-ever performance at the pandemic-postponed Tokyo Olympics two years ago, winning 27 golds and 58 medals overall.

The team’s Asian Games deputy chief Kosei Inoue believes Japan were not far out of contention in many events in Hangzhou.

“If we look closely at our results, a lot of the silver medallists were close to getting gold medals, and the bronze medallists were close to getting silver,” he said.

“We want to improve that at the next Olympics by providing support to all the athletes so that they can upgrade their medals with better performances.”


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Unpredictable weather ends Pakistan vs PM’s XI match in draw




The final day’s play of the four-day game between Pakistan and Prime Minister’s XI at Manuka Oval was called off due to bad weather. The match finished as a draw, after no ball was bowled on the last day.

Prime Minister’s XI ended the previous day trailing just runs 24 as Matt Renshaw’s unbeaten century (136 not out, 337b, 8x4s, 1×6) took the team to 367-4 in 141 overs.

Earlier in the game, Pakistan had declared their innings at 391-9, with Pakistan captain Shan Masood leading the batting display. For his undefeated double century (201 not out, 298b, 14x4s, 1×6), Shan was also adjudged player of the match.


Right-arm pacer Jordan Buckingham registered a five-wicket haul in the innings as well.

Pakistan play the first Test against Australia starting 14 December in Perth. The first ball is expected to be bowled at 0720 PKT.


The post-match presentation ceremony highlights 🎥

Pakistan captain @shani_official was adjudged player of the match for his stellar first-innings effort 💯💯#PMXIvPAK | #AUSvPAK

— Pakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) December 9, 2023


Scores in brief:

Match drawn

Pakistan 391-9d, 116.2 overs (Shan Masood 201 not out, Sarfaraz Ahmed 41, Babar Azam 40, Abdullah Shafique 38; Jordan Buckingham 5-80, Mark Steketee 1-58, Nathan McAndrew 1-68, Todd Murphy 1-110)

Prime Minister’s XI 367-4, 141 overs (Matt Renshaw 136 not out, Cameron Bancroft 53, Marcus Harris 49, Cameron Green 46; Imam-ul-Haq 1-12, Faheem Ashraf 1-57, Khurram Shahzad 1-50, Abrar Ahmed 1-80)

Player of the match – Shan Masood (Pakistan)