AROSA, Switzerland – Kazuhiro Kokubo and Soko Yamaoka finished second in their respective halfpipe finals to give Japan its first ever medals at the Snowboard World Championships on Saturday.Kokubo scored 46.6 points on his first run in the men’s event to finish just behind Frenchman Mathieu Crepel, who added to the big air gold he captured Friday by winning with 46.7. Canadian Brad Martin was third with 43.3. GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5
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By Martyn HermanLONDON, England (Reuters) – The death of heavyweight Scott Westgarth was described as a disaster by British Boxing chief Robert Smith yesterday although he said it was impossible to make the sport 100 percent safe.Westgarth, 31, won his fight against Dec Spelman in Doncaster on Saturday but looked uncomfortable as he was interviewed ringside after his points victory.He was taken to Royal Hallamshire Hospital but his condition deteriorated shortly before arrival and his death was confirmed by his promoter Stefy Bull yesterday.It was the first death in professional boxing since Canada’s Tim Hague died two days after a fight last June.A year earlier, Scotland’s Mike Towell died from a brain injury following a bout.Smith, a former boxer and now the British Boxing Board of Control’s general secretary, reacted with shock to the latest death in a sport often criticised for its brutal nature.“It’s terrible for the sport and terrible for the family and we send our condolences to Scott’s family,” Smith told Reuters.Smith said the sport had made huge advances in safety since the 1980s and that Britain had an enviable record.“We are one of the most forward-thinking commissions in the world regarding medical aspects,” he said. “Some people don’t like us because they say we are too strict.“This is a tough, tough sport and we try to make it as safe as possible but you can’t make it 100 percent safe,” he added.“But that doesn’t take away from the fact that this is a disaster, but more importantly it’s a disaster for his family and that’s the most important thing.”Events such as Westgarth’s death inevitably lead to soul-searching by those in the sport and fuel the debate about the sport’s ethics.“We all do this for a reason. But that doesn’t take away the feeling I have today of ‘why am I doing this?’” Smith said.“We will continue. If it’s not me it will be someone else. But it makes you question why you are bothering.”
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