2012.2.17 Weekend PicksWKBL
* Guri KDB Life Winnus (20-12) at Cheongju KB Stars (17-16)
* Cheongju Gymnasium, Cheongju, North Chungcheong
* Friday, 5 p.m.
The Stars, who share third place with Yongin Samsung Life Bichumi, host the second-place Winnus.
The Winnus are hoping to turn the tables with this game as they lost the last two games against the league’s two bottom-cellar teams at home.
The Stars will attack through the league’s No. 2 and 3 scorers Jung Sun-min and Beon Yeon-ha, but will have to defend Winnus center Shin Jung-ja. Shin is the league leader in rebounds and is considered one of the top MVP candidates for this season.
The Stars have a better head-to-head record this season, leading with four wins and two losses.
Handball Korea League
* Welcomeloan Korosa (0-1) at Doosan (0-0)
* SK Handball Stadium, Seoul
* Friday, 8 p.m.
The new season of the handball league started on Tuesday and three-time defending champion Doosan is making its season debut tonight against Korosa who suffered a 24-19 defeat in its opening match against Incheon Urban Development Corporation.
But Doosan, who only suffered one loss last season, is of a different caliber this year as the 39-year-old Yoon Kyung-shin, former World Player of the Year, and national team member Park Jung-gyu have left the team.
The team still has plenty of national team members on their squad, including this year’s Asian Championship MVP Lee Jae-woo, but it will be interesting to see how Doosan performs this season.
* 2012 Asian Championships
* Park Chung-hee Gymnasium, Gumi, North Gyeongsang
* Friday-Sunday, 2 p.m.
The annual Asian Wrestling Championship started yesterday with some 320 players from 25 countries participating in 21 divisions.
But unlike last year, top-class wrestlers have withdrawn themselves from the tournament because most are cautious of show ing off their skills before the London Olympics, as others are eager to examine the strengths and weaknesses of their rivals.
For this year, the Asian Championships will be only a preliminary and qualification round for the Asian qualifiers for the Olympics next month in Astana, Kazakhstan.
Since North Korea didn’t send its wrestlers for this tournament, the nation will lose its right to compete in the Asian qualifiers.