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Snowball effect: ski resorts and skating rinks across the country have been booming in recent years as more and more Chinese choose to spend holidays and leisure time in areas noted for their winter sports activities CREDIT: LIU DEBIN/FOR CHINA DAILY

Riding the wave leading to the 2022 Winter Olympics, China’s booming winter sports industry is expected to transform ice and snow into white treasure for sound growth in the leisure and tourism sectors.

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(Reuters) - The International Olympic Committee must help boost safeguards for athletes against sexual abuse or risk losing them, the head of the IOC's working group on abuse and harassment said on Sunday.

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Teams from North and South Korea marched together in the Opening Ceremony for the first time since Turin 2006, an historic occasion hailed by IOC President Thomas Bach ©Getty Images

South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Kim Yo-jong, sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, shared a historic handshake after their two countries marched together at an energetic and colourful Winter Olympic Games Opening Ceremony here today.

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IOC President Thomas Bach with Team Korea #COR

Korea's eagerly-anticipated joint ice hockey debut ended in defeat as the unified women's team were thrashed by Switzerland in an historic encounter in front of a crowd featuring top-level officials from both countries here today.

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Anne Abernathy is the most famous Virgin Islands Winter Olympian ©Getty Images

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) have rejected the appeal by the Virgin Islands Olympic Committee (VIOC), who filed an application seeking to earn a women's skeleton place at Pyeongchang 2018.

Read more: CAS dismiss Virgin Islands Olympic Committee appeal over Pyeongchang 2018 skeleton place

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