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Seoul, Jan 5 (Prensa Latina) The Democratic People''s Republic of Korea (DPRK) accepted today to meet with South Korea next January 9 to talk about participation of its athletes in the coming Winter OlympicsPyeong Chang 2018, confirmed official sources.

Caracas, Jan 4 (Prensa Latina) The return of the Venezuelan Tour to Bramon with the participation of 100 cyclists, began in the state of Táchira Thursday.

Shenzhen, China, Jan 4 (Prensa Latina) Russian Maria Sharapova qualified today for the semi-finals of the city''s tennis tournament today at defeating Kazakhstan''s Zarina Diyas by a double 6-3.

Perth, Australia, Jan 4 (Prensa Latina) Switzerland defeated the US and secured the first place in the B group of the Tennis Hopman Cup, in addition to guaranteeing its presence in the grand final.

Seoul, Jan 4 (Prensa Latina) Korean President Moon Jae-in and his US counterpart, Donald Trump, agreed today to delay regular joint military exercises during the Winter Olympic Games to be held here next month.

Hong Kong, China, Jan 4 (Prensa Latina) Uruguayan striker Diego Forlan today signed his signing with the Kitchee club of Hong Kong professional soccer.

Madrid, Jan 1 (Prensa Latina) The Argentine genius Lionel Messi was selected today as the Best Footballer of the World in 2017, according to the poll conducted every year by the newspaper Marca, eminently Madrid-based.

London, Dec 31 (Prensa Latina) Crystal Palace halted Manchester City's pursuit of a record-equalling 19th successive league victory by holding them to a 0-0 draw at Selhurst Park.

Havana, Dec 31 (Prensa Latina) With great gymnasts Xiao Ruoteng and Lin Chaopan winning the 1st and 2nd places, respectively, in men''s individual All Around competition of the Gymnastics World Championships, China won the first position by countries of this beautiful and complex sports discipline.

By Moisés Perez Mok (*)

Brasilia (Prensa Latina) The good performance of the big soccer selection, first classified for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, and the corruption web involving national Olympic Committee and some sports federations, marked both extremes of Brazilian sports in 2017.

Havana, (Prensa Latina) Surprisingly, Cuban gymnasts with a small team of four failed to climb the podium in Montreal 2017, as they did in previous world championship held in Glasgow, Scotland.