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IIHF vice president hopes to promote ice hockey in China ahead of Beijing 2022******
BEIJING, Nov. 9 (Xinhua) -- The "Experience Beijing" test event for ice hockey kicked off earlier this week with fewer than 100 days to go until the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games.。
Aivaz Omorkanov, Regional Vice-President for Asia & Oceania of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF), currently in Beijing to check on the event, voiced hopes that Beijing 2022 would promote the sport in China.。
"The main purpose of the test event is to check the venues, to build good environment, to build good conditions for the players, for the game officials, for the staff, so the Winter Olympic Games will be in perfect condition," said Omorkanov on Tuesday in the Wukesong Sports Center, where the Olympic ice hockey games will take place in February.。
"We can clearly see that in general everything is good, but there are some small areas that need to be improved."
Omorkanov is a former Kyrgyzstan international. He studied international economics and trade at the Beijing University of International Business and Economics in China, so Beijing is quite a familiar place for him.。
"I studied in Beijing for almost seven years and I love China, I love Chinese people, I love Chinese culture and I'm so happy to be back," he said.。
Omorkanov feels happy that China can host the test event.。
"I hope that we will use the chance to promote the ice hockey game in China."
Four Beijing local teams are competing at the test event, and Omorkanov said he can see the development of junior ice hockey in China.。
Currently, members of Chinese men's and women's national ice hockey teams are playing in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) as part of the Kunlun Red Star club.。
"Definitely it will help to promote and grow the game in China because Chinese people can see that there is ice hockey in a high level in the KHL league, and also in the women's league as well," Omorkanov said.。
Omorkanov is confident that the test event can help preparation for the Games. Enditem。
Police seek motive in deadly Sweden school attack******
Bouquets of flowers lie on stairs as people hug outside the Malmo Latin School on March 22, 2022 in Malmo, Sweden, a day after two women were killed.
Police in Sweden were Tuesday attempting to determine why an 18-year-old student allegedly killed two teachers at a high school a day earlier in an attack that has shaken the country.
The two victims, both women in their 50s, were teachers at Malmo Latin, a large high school in Sweden's third-biggest city, police said at a press conference on Tuesday.
Media reports said the suspect, whose name has not been disclosed, was armed with a knife and an axe, though police have not confirmed that information.
Police chief Petra Stenkula said police had seized "several weapons that are not firearms" at the scene.
Investigators were now trying to determine whether the suspect specifically targeted his victims or chose them at random, and whether he had planned to attack more people.
"We don't know yet if he had any connection to these employees", Stenkula told reporters.
The student "has no criminal record", she said, adding that police were looking into his background and movements prior to the attack.
Investigators were on Tuesday searching the suspect's home in the nearby town of Trelleborg, she added.
Police were alerted to the attack at 5:12 pm (1612 GMT) and a first patrol was able to enter the school minutes later.
About 50 students and teachers were inside at the time, and news footage showed heavily equipped and armed police inspecting the interior of the building.
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The suspect was arrested on the third floor just 10 minutes after the first alert, putting up no resistance, Stenkula said.
His two victims were lying on the floor nearby, she added.
The teachers were rushed to hospital for treatment but their deaths were announced later in the evening.
According to daily Aftonbladet, the alleged attacker called emergency services to say where he was and that he had laid down his weapons, and confessed to the killings.
Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson on Tuesday expressed her "sadness" and "consternation" over the attack.
At the high school, which was closed on Tuesday, a support group has been set up for teachers and students, local authorities said.
"Everyone is deeply shocked. Devastated," a teacher at the school who didn't want to be identified told AFP on Tuesday.
"It's an awful crime, it's impossible to take it all in", she said, standing outside the school where a group of about 20 students stood hugging and crying, some with flowers to lay down on the ground.
School attacks are relatively rare in Sweden, which has in recent years grown more accustomed to shootings and bombings in underworld settlings of scores that kill dozens of people each year.
But several serious incidents have taken place at schools in southern Sweden in recent months.
In January, a 16-year-old was arrested after wounding another student and a teacher with a knife at a school in the small town of Kristianstad.
That incident was linked to a similar knife attack in August 2021 in the town of Eslov, about 50 kilometres (30 miles) away, when a student attacked a 45-year-old school employee.
No link has been established between those two events and the Malmo attack.
Shandong Taishan edges Shanghai Port to cement CSL lead******
GUANGZHOU, Dec. 19 (Xinhua) -- Shandong Taishan continued its scorching form in the Chinese Super League (CSL) by beating Shanghai Port 2-0 on Sunday, extending its lead in the league table to eight points with five matches remaining.。
Against one of the biggest contender in the league, the Shandong side broke the deadlock in the 18th minute as Jadson headed home a corner kick delivered by Son Junho.。
Son's elite performance didn't end until the 67th minute, when the South Korean international fired a sensational long distance free kick into the near post to seal the 2-0 victory.。
In the last minute of the regular time, Shanghai Port was awarded a penalty after Shi Ke committed a hand ball foul in the box, but Oscar's shot sailed narrowly off the post.。
"It was a very important game and my players defend Oscar well. Son played an indispensable role on both ends. I hope my team could maintain the momentum to the end of the league and CFA Cup," said Shandong head coach Hao Wei, whose team will face Shanghai Port again in the CFA Cup final next month.。
Elsewhere, Guangzhou FC beat Changchun Yatai 2-0 thanks to a pair of strikes from Deng Hanwen and Yang Liyu. After the win, Guangzhou FC surpassed Shanghai Port to rank second in the league with 34 points, behind Shandong with 42 points.。
Also on Sunday, Guangzhou City thrashed Beijing Guoan 5-0, and Shenzhen FC beat Hebei FC 3-2. Enditem。