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|The Chinese traditional game Mahjong [Photo: huanqiu] China is considering the idea of putting forward a formal application to the International Olympic Committee to consider the traditional Chinese game of Mahjong as an Olympic event. "With Beijing to host the 2022 Winter Olympics adidas pharrell williams hu suomi , we hope that 'mind sports' could become Olympic events at this time," said Chen Zelan, a deputy director of the General Administration of Sport.
Mahjong recently became the sixth officially-recognized 'mind sport' by the International Mind Sports Association (IMSA), following bridge, chess, Go, Chinese chess and international checkers. In an effort to support and promote 'mind sports,' Chen Zelan says authorities have put forward Mahjong and other 'mind sports' as an option to make the Games more interesting.
"Some tropical countries, due to various limitations, won't take part in the Winter Olympics. Thus, the IOC is always looking at ways to expand the global reach of the Winter Games. Snow and ice events, plus indoor events, could increase the coverage," said Chen.
"Beijing is to host 2022 Winter Olympics, so at this point we're only discussing the option with Beijing organizers," said Chen. "But because the host country is traditionally allowed to put forward demonstration sports to Olympic Games, if the IMSA can reach an agreement with the IOC, then we might consider putting Mahjong forward as a test event."
GENEVA, Aug. 3 (Xinhua) -- Frozen human remains found in the Alps in recent weeks are a sign that alpine glaciers are melting rapidly, and could disappear entirely by the end of the century, the Swiss national broadcaster reported Thursday.
In mid-July two frozen corpses were found in the shrinking Tsanfleuron glacier near the border between Cantons Bern and Valais, not far from the famed resort of Gstaad.
Last week, a human hand and leg were uncovered on the Bossons glacier on Mont Blanc in France, another popular tourist area.
The remains could belong to passengers of one of two aircraft, both belonging to Air India that crashed into the glacier, one in 1950 and the other in 1966, the Swiss broadcaster reported on its website Swissinfo.
Earlier this week, a body partially encased in ice was found by hikers on the slopes of the Lagginhorn in Switzerland's canton Valais.
It is believed to be the body of a German hiker who died 30 years ago while attempting to climb the mountain.
More such findings are likely in the coming years as alpine glaciers continue to recede, commented Swissinfo noting that scientists have predicted that all the ice sheets in the Alps will be gone by 2100 due to climate change.
That and other projections are based on the work of a Nobel Prize-winning group of climate scientists' external link who track global warming.
"In the mountains and higher elevations, you will have just rocks and debris," Kathy Riklin. the Swiss parliamentarian who heads the government's top advisory body on climate change external link told swissinfo.ch in 2016. "It will be a different world."
Switzerland's glaciers reached their maximum extent in the middle of the 19th century, at the end of the period known as the Little Ice Age.
The shrinking and eventual disappearance of the glaciers will have wide-ranging consequences for Switzerland, since most hydroelectric dams in the Alps draw their water from glaciers and thawing will triggered more land and rockslides, said Swissinfo.
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Promotional material for The Nice Guys, featuring Russell Crowe (Left) and Ryan Gosling Photo: IC
Russell Crowe was preparing on set to shoot Ridley Scott's 2010 epic Robin Hood when word reached him that his co-star, stage and screen legend William Hurt, was freaking out.
Crowe rushed to the side of his fellow Oscar winner, who had been hired to play William Marshal, first earl of Pembroke, but was in emotional turmoil over his inability to get into character.
"I realized he simply just wanted to know what we were doing. So I started to talk to him about his character and he didn't realize his character was an actual historical figure of great importance," Crowe recalled.
"So I just started to go out to my trailer and bring him pages and pages of research, and things to think about and talk about. We had a 25- to 30-minute conversation in a car park."
The chat, said Crowe, was transformative: Hurt found his mojo and cast aside his worries to give one of his best performances and become an inspiration to the cast.
Crowe, a veteran of more than 40 movies, recounted this episode not to show off, but to demonstrate that teamwork is one of the most important aspects of the job.
The star was warming up toward the end of a roundtable interview to promote comedy-thriller The Nice Guys, and appeared to be enjoying himself.
There was little need for the father of two to risk tying himself to The Nice Guys, a smart but obscure private eye story - part noir thriller, part laugh-a-minute farce - set in 1970s Los Angeles.
Crowe revealed he had planned to turn down the role of battle-scarred enforcer Jackson Healy by getting director Shane Black drunk and letting him down gently.
But he quickly changed his mind after discovering the filmmaker doesn't drink - and that he had persuaded Ryan Gosling to join.
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