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Poland ski jumping team not to compete at FIS Continental Cup in China******
WARSAW, Nov. 1 (Xinhua) -- Polish Ski Association informed on Monday that the ski jumping team won't participate in December's FIS Continental Cup in Zhangjiakou, China, as they will compete in a simultaneous competition FIS World Cup in Wisla, Poland.。
The Poles are seen as one of the favorites to stand on the podium at the Winter Olympics. Olympic champion Kamil Stoch and his teammates haven't jumped on the Olympic hills yet as it was impossible to test the object due to the pandemic.。
For Poland there is a chance to visit the hills in Zhangjiakou on December 4-5 when the FIS Continental Cup takes place. However, the association decided not to go to China as Poland will host the FIS World Cup contests at the same time.。
"We considered flying to China and we analyzed all the pros and cons. However, it's logistically complicated for us as we would need a charter from Frankfurt, Germany. Acclimatization in China won't be a problem as every member of the team knows how to prepare for the competition," Jan Winkiel, general secretary of the Polish Ski Association, explained in an interview for local TV on Monday.。
"In December there will be completely different temperatures, humidity, winds and so on (compared to February). It's a challenge for us to compete on the hill which we didn't test, but the other teams are in a similar situation," Winkiel concluded. Enditem。
Putin discusses Ukraine issue with state leaders******
Russian President Vladimir Putin held telephone conversations with leaders of several countries, the Kremlin said on Thursday.
Putin had a telephone conversation with Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, explaining how the situation around Ukraine is evolving.
Raisi expressed understanding with respect to Russia's security concerns caused by the destabilizing actions of the United States and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
Issues relating to the diplomatic efforts to preserve and fully implement the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on Iran's nuclear program were reviewed, the Kremlin said, adding that it was noted that reaching a final agreement on the JCPOA would contribute to regional stability and security.
Putin also briefed Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi about Moscow's stance on the Ukraine issue.
"When discussing the situation, Putin outlined his fundamental assessments of Kiev's aggressive actions against the civilian population of Donbass, as well as about Kiev's many years of destructive policy aimed at breaking the Minsk agreements," the Kremlin said.
Modi thanked Putin for the clarification and asked for assistance in ensuring the security of Indian citizens currently in Ukraine.
Putin and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron also discussed the situation in Ukraine during a phone conversation.
According to the Kremlin, both sides had a "serious and frank" exchange of views on the situation around Ukraine.
The Kremlin added that Putin gave "comprehensive explanations of the reasons and circumstances for the decision to conduct a special military operation."
Putin on Thursday authorized "a special military operation" in the Donbass region, and Ukraine confirmed that military targets across the country were under attack.
USA curling legend Shuster looking to title defense at Beijing 2022******
BEIJING, Nov. 15 (Xinhua) -- American curler John Shuster has revealed that he and his teammates aim to defend their Olympic title at Beijing 2022.。
Shuster, who is 39, led the U.S. men's curling team to win his first Olympic gold at PyeongChang 2018. Now, he is back for more.。
"We are training very hard and doing everything we can to get back and win the Olympic trials so we can represent the United States again at the upcoming Olympics and hopefully get a chance to go there and try to defend our gold medal," Shuster said during the Olympic qualification, which takes place from November 12 to 21.。
Shuster told World Curling that he lost 25 pounds during the pandemic, and was able to spend time with his family and go fishing ahead of his push for an Olympic spot and the right to defend his Olympic title.。
Shuster missed out on his attempt for qualification in the mixed doubles curling event at Beijing 2022, but the qualification for his men's team started on November 12. The final is scheduled for November 21. Enditem。