Vietnamese snowboarder Nguyen Thai Binh gets some air at the sand dunes near Mui Ne in southern Vietnam. Photo: Manan Vatsyayana/AFP

No snow, so Vietnamese snowboarder rides local sand dunes to practise

  • Vietnam’s winter athletes have to practise on sand dunes due to the absence of snow slopes in the country
  • When snowboarder Nguyen Thai Binh competed in the Asian Winter Games in Sapporo, Japan, it was the first time he’d seen snow
Topic |   Extreme fitness

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Vietnamese snowboarder Nguyen Thai Binh gets some air at the sand dunes near Mui Ne in southern Vietnam. Photo: Manan Vatsyayana/AFP
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A viral picture causes outrage as climbers queue for the summit of Everest, but the Nepalese government say they will not restrict permits. Photo: Project Possible

Nepal refuses to restrict Everest permits despite traffic jams and 11 deaths

  • Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation secretary says they will have two ropes near the summit, so climbers can ascend and descend separately
  • He blames short weather window, equipment and inadequate supplemental oxygen for high death toll
Topic |   Climbing and mountaineering

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A viral picture causes outrage as climbers queue for the summit of Everest, but the Nepalese government say they will not restrict permits. Photo: Project Possible
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