"When it is necessary to change the venue, the ice quilts, protective boards and mobile wood floors can be quickly laid on the ice surface and converted into basketball or volleyball competition venues again. This innovation ensures the different competitions can be switched quickly in the shortest possible time," Xia Qiang said.
"It's not what we wanted but for now those players aren't available," Farias said. "I'm confident we can compete with the players we have".
Last year "champion" Banska Bystrica (crowned after the abrupt end of the 2019/2020 season in March caused by the COVID-19 strike and subsequently stripped of the title as the governing body decided not to crown a champion of the shortened season) and the runner-up Slovan Bratislava are still trying to find their lost forms, losing their respective second-round fixtures.
Although only ranked No. 357 in the world, the 19-year-old Burel has proved herself in junior competitions as the Rennes-born rising star reached two Grand Slam Junior finals and won the silver medal at the Youth Olympic Games in 2018, when she became the junior world No. 1.
GENEVA, Oct. 2 (Xinhua) -- Following is the draw for the group stage of the Europa League:
CHENGDU, Oct. 5 (Xinhua) -- Dilana Dilxat scored 19 points to help Dongguan overcome Sichuan 78-71 in the Women's Chinese Basketball Association (WCBA) league, while Han Xu and Wang Lili paced Xinjiang to an easy 84-61 win over Wuhan on Monday.
After both exchanged serves in the following two games, the former world No. 23 then delivered a dominant performance in the tie break to seal the first set.
In eight games played in front of the empty stands of the Reale Arena, 'La Real' has suffered four defeats and its only win was against relegated Espanyol. Down the road in Bilbao, Athletic Club - another side that is usually tough to beat at home - has lost its last four home games. It certainly looks as if the teams with the most passionate home fans are the ones who are missing them most.
Mikel Oyarzabal's penalty after a slightly harsh handball decision opened the scoring in the 29th minute and Real Sociedad had the game completely under control before goals from Mikel Merino and Portu in the 78th and 81st minutes assured the three points.
"We played a bit tight at the start as it was our first game, but we never gave up, and finally won the game," Li said.
In the 25km race, China's Gao Chongchong and Zhang Jiajing won the men's and women's group respectively.