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TENNIS

Chung exits Australian Open after losing in men’s double

Korean tennis star Chung Hyeon was eliminated from the first round of men’s double in the Australian Open on Wednesday.

Chung, 19, teamed up with Radu Albot of Moldova to face Spanish duo Pablo Andujar and Pablo Carreno Busta in the first round of men’s double, but lost 1-2 (6-3, 3-6, 4-6).

This is the second time Chung has played in doubles at the major tournament. He previously played with Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan in the U.S. Open last year.

Chung was eliminated from the first round of men’s single on Monday after losing to world No. 1 Novak Djokovic.


BASEBALL

Premier 12-winning team to donate part of prize money

The Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) said Wednesday that the national team that won the Premier 12 international baseball tournament in November will donate 100 million won ($80,000) to the Youth Hope Fund, which works to create jobs for young adults.

Korea won the inaugural baseball tournament of the World Baseball Softball Confederation after beating the United States in the final.

The KBO received $1 million for the title and gave half of the prize money to the squad. The team’s donation will come from the prize money.


WINTER GAMES

Venue for first test event of Pyeongchang 2018 gets OK

Organizers of the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics said Wednesday that the Jeongseon Alpine Centre is officially set for the Games’ first test event after the International Ski Federation (FIS) approved the venue.

The center will host the AUDI FIS Ski World Cup men’s ski races on Feb. 6-7, the first in a series of 28 test events for the Winter Games.

Organizers said FIS technical expert Guenter Hujara inspected the course over the last two days and expressed satisfaction with its readiness.

By JOO KYUNG-DON
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