North Korea boxing coaches kicked out for ring protest
Two North Korean coaches were kicked out of the Asian Games Saturday after mounting a protest in the ring after one of their boxers lost the women’s flyweight final. Coach Pak Chol Jun refused to leave the ring and incited boxer Pang Chol Mi to remain behind in protest against the judging after China’s Chang Yuan won gold on a 3-2 split decision. Both were eventually forced to leave by police and security staff after the nasty standoff marred the finale to the Asiad boxing competition. Another coach, Pak Il Nam, got into an angry frenzy outside the ring as he tried to whip up the crowd to jeer the decision. Both coaches had their Asian Games credentials immediately revoked and will now face disciplinary action by the International Boxing Association (AIBA). The large contingent of North Korean delegation members in the crowd and a big section of South Korean fans then jeered Chang unsportingly as she received her gold medal.
Shoe company to design special footwear for 12-toed champion
An Indian athlete with six toes on each foot who won gold at the Asian Games is to receive special custom-made shoes after a company boss was touched to hear of the pain she suffered while running in the heptathlon. The 21-year-old Swapna Barman spoke after winning the regional Olympics title on Thursday of how her rare deformity caused agony with each step in her final event, the 800m. A government-run enterprise in the southern city of Chennai has come forward to help Barman get customised shoes. ‘After she won the gold I saw on TV that she had a deformity in her feet,’ said Sudhanshu Mani, general manager of Integral Coach Factory, a railway coach manufacturer that also funds training for athletes. Mani told AFP that Barman needs four different pairs of shoes for the heptathlon’s seven events. ‘We are in touch with Nike. We are waiting for her to come back so that we can get her size and get the customised shoes made for her,’ he said, explaining that his company would bear the cost.