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By Sportswriter Cao Jianjie


SAPPORO, Japan, Feb. 26 (Xinhua) -- Lacking an entrenched tradition in winter sports, China is scouting summer sports talent as it gears up for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics.


Chinese sports officials said here on Sunday that they are seeking winter sports talent nationwide, in track and field, Chinese martial arts, roller skating, gymnastics and even basketball.


According to Ren Hongguo, Secretary General of the Chinese delegation to the Sapporo Asian Winter Games, China aims to compete in all seven sports and over 90 percent of 102 medal events at the 2022 Olympics.


To reach that goal, China has built national teams in the sports of bobsled, luge, skeleton, snowboard and ski jumping in recent years, raising the number of national winter sports teams to 22.


""After the Asian Games, we will be searching for talent all over the country,"" said Ren. ""We will be looking beyond those northeastern provinces already known for winter and snow sports in China,"" Ren added.


""We will also be scouting talent among around 18-year-olds in other regions, and other sports, like athletics,"" he added.


The 20-strong national skeleton team, selected from 121 applicants over various sports in 2015, includes former basketball players, athletes in track and field and cyclists.


Geng Wenqiang, who made the move to skeleton from athletics in 2015, won a bronze medal in an international skeleton event in Switzerland late that same year, convincing Chinese officials that their decision was right.


Ren provided an example that an athletics sprinter can be turned into a bobsledder.


""In the two-man bobsled, behind the steerer is the pusher, who gives the sled the quickest start as possible. An athletics sprinter, known for power and explosiveness, can do the job,"" Ren said.


Ren defended China's decision to draw summer athletes to winter sports and said it is not cutting corners, citing a piece of Olympic history where over 90 athletes competed in both the summer and winter Olympics.


American Lauryn Williams, 2012 Summer Olympics gold medalist, won a bobsled silver at the 2014 Sochi Winter Games. She was the fifth person to have accomplished that feat.


""She benefited from explosive power as a sprinter,"" Ren said.

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LONDON nike air force 1 low off white for sale , Dec. 22 (Xinhua) -- Suspended UEFA president Michel Platini on Tuesday was told by FIFA that he cannot bypass its appeals process by challenging his eight-year ban directly at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).


Platini was banned on Monday for eight years along with former FIFA president Sepp Blatter.


Platini has been hoping to overturn his ban before the Feb. 27 presidential election.?


FIFA said it wrote to Platini's lawyers on Tuesday to confirm that the UEFA leader can only go to CAS if the governing body's appeals committee first rejects his request. FIFA rules state a list of candidates must be finalized one month before the election in Zurich.??


Platini's legal team described the decision as "procedural sabotage" aimed at denying him a place in the election.??


NANJING, China, Aug. 23 (Xinhua) -- For Bud Kling, the Olympic Games has been an important part of his life for years and he's in Nanjing to attend his 16th Olympic Games.


Kling has attended 13 Olympic Games and Nanjing 2014 is his third Youth Olympic Games. His first Olympic experience was in 1984 nike air force 1 off white for sale , when his hometown of Los Angeles hosted the summer Games.


"My first personal experience was in Los Angeles where I was a volunteer working with the TV media at the basketball venue," he said, "I was pretty much determined to make every Games from then on, as long as I possibly could."


Over the years rocafella air force 1 for sale , he's met many famous athletes, including basketballers Patrick Ewing and Michael Jordan.


During the summer events, he likes to attend athletics every night, and also enjoys swimming and tennis.


"I also love volleyball nike air force 1 swoosh pack for sale , beach volleyball and basketball. And when I go to watch badminton or table tennis, they're great sports that are fun to watch so that's always interesting," he said.


As for competition at winter Games, Kling prefers the indoor sports like figure skating nike air force 1 upstep white for sale , short track, speed skating and ice hockey.


Kling said one of the reasons he keeps reliving the Olympic experience is because he's built up a network of friendships that revolve around the Games.


"I have a lot of friends that live worldwide and I see them every two years. With the Youth Olympic Games I see them twice every two years now," he said.


For anyone who hasn't attended an Olympic Games, he likens it to experiencing "an athletic Disneyland".


"So many things to do and see nike air force 1 upstep black for sale , and there's a cultural aspect to it too. It is expensive but it's a fantastic experience," Said Kling.


Kling said the Youth Olympic Games are a great concept.


"It lets young people compete that may one day achieve the heights of performance to compete in the Olympic Games. But if not, these are still the best of the youth of each country and I think it's a great experience for them," he said.


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