All 45 members of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) have been urged to participate in February's Asian Winter Games in Sapporo, even those with little or no experience in snow and ice sport.
One-on-one meetings are to be held this week between organisers and National Olympic Committees (NOCs) to address specific concerns ahead of next year's Asian Winter Games in Sapporo.
By Emily Goddard
The Sapporo Asian Winter Games will take place between February 19 and 26, 2017, the Olympic Council of Asia has announced.
By Paul Osborne at the Susesi Convention Center in Belek
April 9 - Sapporo's sporting history and brand is the secret behind the 2017 Asian Winter Games, the city's Vice-Mayor Ikushima Noriaki has claimed.