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UN General Secretary Ban to carry the Olympic torch

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will carry the Olympic torch and take part in the opening of the 31st Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Ban will fly to Rio Wednesday night and take part in Friday’s relay in which the Olympic torch is handed over.

He said the secretary general will also visit the Olympic Village and meet competitors including the first-ever Refugee Olympic Team.

That 10-member team includes two refugees from Syria, five from South Sudan, two from Congo and one from Ethiopia.

Ban carried the Olympic torch at the 2012 Summer Games in London and the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.

Dujarric said Ban will also attend a meeting Friday night for heads of state hosted by Brazil’s acting President Michel Temer.

Korean cyclist hit by a car in Rio during his practice

A South Korean road cyclist was hit by a car in Rio de Janeiro during practice for the Olympic Games, police said.

A Rio policeman told the Associated Press that 21-year-old cyclist Kim Ok-Cheol only suffered minor injuries and was rescued by a car of the South Korea Olympic team.

The incident took place at Estrada da Vista Chinesa, a Rio South Zone road commonly used by cyclists for practice in the middle of a forest area.

The driver involved in the incident offered assistance, the policeman said.

The Associated Press could not reach the South Korea Olympic team and Kim for comment.

The men’s road race is scheduled for Aug.6.



Baltimore Orioles’ Kim made 20th run of the season

The Baltimore Orioles’ Korean outfielder, Kim Hyun-soo, tallied his 20th run of the season on Tuesday during the team’s 5-1 win over the Texas Rangers at the Oriole Park Camden Yard in Baltimore, Maryland.

Batting second and playing left field, Kim went 1-for-2 during the game, adding a run and a base on ball.

After stepping off the field in his first at-bat at the bottom of first by a double-play, Kim hit a single on a soft line drive at the bottom of the fourth. In the sixth inning came his walk, but he was tagged out at second two plays later.

Kim’s run came in the eighth inning when he advanced to first base after being hit by a pitch. He got to second base when Manny Machado drove a single.

One play later, Chris Davis added another single for the Orioles and Kim eventually drove home during the play, adding the final run of the game for the Orioles.

By Choi Hyung-jo
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