In addition, the mens singles gold medalist Lin Dan was voted as most valuable player. The President of Olympic Council of Asia Sheikh Ahmed Al-Fahad Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah hailed the Games as outstanding, though there were several controversies, the games were deemed generally successful with the rising standard of competition amongst the Asian nations.
Seoul and Amman dropped out before their bids were selected by the OCA. Seoul withdrew after considering the short span of time between and , as South Korea hosted the Games in Busan, evaluation committee of the OCA, headed by the then vice-president of the association Celso Dayrit inspected both the final bidders.
The official emblem of the Games was unveiled at Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall on November 26, and it is a stylized representation of Guangzhous Statue of the Five Goats fused with a running track.
The goat, in Chinese tradition, is a blessing and brings people luck while the host city Guangzhou is known as the City of Goats, the orange and yellow emblem also resembles a flame.
The mascots of the Games were the five sporty rams and they were unveiled on April 28, at the Guangzhou Baiyun International Convention and Exhibition Center.
A total of 53 competition venues and 17 training venues were used for the Games, events took place at 42 pre-existing venues, eleven competition venues and one training venues were constructed for the Games, while the rest were renovated.
China — China, officially the Peoples Republic of China, is a unitary sovereign state in East Asia and the worlds most populous country, with a population of over 1.
China is a power and a major regional power within Asia. Chinas landscape is vast and diverse, ranging from forest steppes, the Himalaya, Karakoram, Pamir and Tian Shan mountain ranges separate China from much of South and Central Asia.
The Yangtze and Yellow Rivers, the third and sixth longest in the world, respectively, Chinas coastline along the Pacific Ocean is 14, kilometers long and is bounded by the Bohai, Yellow, East China and South China seas.
China emerged as one of the worlds earliest civilizations in the basin of the Yellow River in the North China Plain. For millennia, Chinas political system was based on hereditary monarchies known as dynasties, in , the Republic of China replaced the last dynasty and ruled the Chinese mainland until , when it was defeated by the communist Peoples Liberation Army in the Chinese Civil War.
The Communist Party established the Peoples Republic of China in Beijing on 1 October , both the ROC and PRC continue to claim to be the legitimate government of all China, though the latter has more recognition in the world and controls more territory.
China had the largest economy in the world for much of the last two years, during which it has seen cycles of prosperity and decline. Since the introduction of reforms in , China has become one of the worlds fastest-growing major economies.
As of , it is the worlds second-largest economy by nominal GDP, China is also the worlds largest exporter and second-largest importer of goods.
China is a nuclear weapons state and has the worlds largest standing army. Security Council in The official name of the state is the Peoples Republic of China.
He is widely regarded as one of the greatest players in the sports history and he is noted for his rapid playing style, mercurial temperament, and his ambivalent relationship with the sport, from which he has taken prolonged sabbaticals and repeatedly threatened to retire.
Ronnie is based at the Legends Snooker Academy in Leytonstone, England, a childhood snooker prodigy, OSullivan made his first century break at age 10, and his first maximum break at age He turned professional in , at the age of 16 and he is also the youngest player to have won the Masters, having captured his first title in at the age of 19 years and 69 days.
His other achievements include ten Premier League titles and winning the Nations Cup with England in , known as a prolific break-builder, OSullivan holds the record for the most competitive century breaks with OSullivans achievements in snooker began at an early age and he made his first century break at the age of 10, completed his first total clearance at age 12, and became British Under Champion at age He made his debut in The Thames Snooker Classic when he was He compiled his first maximum break in the final of the British Amateur Championships at age 15 and he turned professional in , aged At the qualifying stage of the Grand Prix he defeated Jason Curtis 5—0 in a time of 43 minutes 36 seconds, after this Alan Hughes gave him the nickname The Rocket.
In September , at the age of 16, he became the youngest player ever to qualify for the World Championship. He made his Crucible debut on 18 April at the age of 17 years and days and he lost 7—10 to Alan McManus in the first round.
At the age of 17 years and days he became the youngest ever winner of a ranking tournament. He faced Hendry again in the final of the European Open and he won his second ranking title at the British Open by defeating James Wattana 9—4 in the final.
He reached the round of the World Championship but lost 3—13 against John Parrott. Having started the season ranked number 57 in the world, he ended it ranked number 9 and he captured his first Masters title by defeating John Higgins 9—3 in the final, becoming the youngest player ever to win the tournament at the age of 19 years and 69 days.
Ding Junhui — Ding Junhui is a Chinese professional snooker player and the most successful Asian player in the history of the sport.
Ding turned professional in , at the age of 16 and he achieved his first major professional successes in when he won the China Open and the UK Championship.
He became the first Asian player to reach the final of the World Championship, known as a prolific break-builder, Ding has compiled more than century breaks in his career including six maximum breaks in professional play.
He remains the only Asian player to be ranked number one. Away from snooker, Ding enrolled at Shanghai Jiao Tong University in to study Business Administration and he is a resident of England during the snooker season and practises at the World Snooker Academy in Sheffield.
Born in Yixing, Jiangsu in China, Ding began playing snooker at 8 years old after his father, when his father went for a toilet break, Ding took the cue and played with the professional.
Upon his fathers return, Ding had won the game, following that moment, Dings parents supported his playing skills. The family then moved to Dongguan, Guangdong, and Ding stopped his education at age 11 to practice snooker for 8 hours each day, in the same year, Ding became the number one ranked player in China.
His performance favourably impressed many commentators, who rated him a likely future World Champion. In April , he celebrated his 18th birthday by reaching the final of the China Open in Beijing, along the way defeating world top ranked players Peter Ebdon, Marco Fu and Ken Doherty.
In the final, Ding beat then world number 3 Stephen Hendry by 9—5 to score his first ranking tournament win, the match was watched by million people on Chinas national sports channel CCTV-5, the largest television audience recorded for a snooker match.
Following this victory, Dings provisional world ranking rose from 62 at the start of the season to 60, at the end of the season, he was ranked number At the China Open, Ding lost 6—2 in the semi-finals to eventual winner Mark Williams, Dings win in Ireland pushed his provisional ranking up to number 5.
In the following week, he reached, as the champion, the quarter-finals of the UK Championship. Pound sterling — It is subdivided into pence.
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Un-Nooh qualified for the International Championship for the second year in a row, but was edged out 6—5 by Fergal O'Brien in the first round.
He was defeated 4—1 by Joe Perry , but he described Un-Nooh as an exceptional talent after the match.
Un-Nooh defeated defending champion Ding Junhui in the first round of the Indian Open , calling it his biggest win after the match.
He also stated that he didn't feel he could win the title. He made breaks of 97, 84 and 74 to lead 3—1, but Ding Junhui would take the match 4—3. He did make a later on in the match, but his opponent Anthony McGill won it 10—7.
He struggled to build on this afterwards as he could not win a first round match until the Welsh Open , where he beat Ben Woollaston 4—0 and then saw off Ryan Day 4—1, before being defeated 4—1 by Barry Hawkins.
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