JAPAN WOMEN OUTNUMBER MEN FOR THE FIRST TIME

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TOKYO: Women outnumber men for the first time in Japan’s Winter Olympic team as the country sends a record number of athletes to Sochi, hoping for its biggest ever medal haul. The turnaround is attributed to Japan’s participation in women’s ice hockey for the first time in 16 years with 21 players bound for Russia. Their male counterparts did not make the cut. The entire delegation will be made up of 113 athletes, 48 men and 65 women, the biggest Japanese contingent sent abroad for a Winter Games, according to figures released by the national Olympic committee.

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