CANBERRA， May 2 (Xinhua) -- An Australian goalkeeper who was killed after being struck by lightning in Malaysia has been remembered as a promising young player with the "world at his feet".
Stefan Petrovski， an up-and-coming Australian goalkeeper training with Malay club Melaka United， was rushed to hospital after being struck by lightning last month， but after spending a month in intensive care， he passed away in a coma overnight.
Football Federation Australia (FFA) said it was "saddened" to learn of Petrovski's death following the announcement from Melaka overnight.
"On behalf of the Australian football community， FFA sends their deepest condolences to the Petrovski family， friends and team mates，" the FFA said in a statement on Melbourne.
The promising 18-year-old was acquired by Melaka United on a three-year contact after spending a number of years at second-tier Australian side Sydney Olympic.
The club released a statement on Monday expressing its grief at the "tragic passing"， and remembered Petrovski as a down-to-earth team player.
Petrovski and teammate Mohd Afiq Azuan were standing near goalposts while at training on April 5 when the lightning struck. Both players were taken to hospital following the accident， and Azuan was released last month.
XINING Authentic Marcus Davenport Jersey , Jan. 30 (Xinhua) -- As the year of the horse draws near, Zhabnam is particularly nostalgic of his old home on the pastureland and the six horses he cherished as family members.
He moved from the Batang grasslands to Gyegu town in Yushu County, a Tibetan community in northwest China's Qinghai Province, in 2003, in response to the government's call for pastureland restoration.
His horses were left to his relatives who chose to stay on the grassland. "I never saw those animals again. Some died while the others were returned to the wilderness."
Until the early 1990s, horses were a major means of transportation for Tibetan herders in Yushu. Zhabnam and his friends used to herd their cattle on horseback at daybreak Authentic P.J. Williams Jersey , and return to their nomadic tents after dark.
"The pleasure of riding on horseback and feeling the wind whipping on your face is incomparable to sitting in any fast car," said Zhabnam, now 57. Many Tibetans just use one name.
Towards the year 2000, motorbikes began replacing horses among the younger generation of herders, who preferred the vehicles, which cost about the same price as a horse but were faster.
By 2009 Authentic Andrus Peat Jersey , a highway and an airport linked Zhabnam's ancestral home on the grassland with the outside world, and a drive from Gyegu town to his birthplace took only 30 minutes. "We used to cover the same distance in five hours on horseback."
But Zhabnam still misses his horses and nomadic life on the pastureland, and often stares at the bronze statue of the mythical King Gesar on horseback, a landmark erected on a square at the center of Gyegu town.
He hopes the year of the horse will help revive equine culture.
While the Chinese New Year of the Horse begins on Friday, Tibetans will welcome in the wood horse year of the Tibetan calendar in early March.
"Horses were inseparable companions of Tibetans, but nowadays they have fallen out of favor with most people Authentic Trey Hendrickson Jersey ," Zhabnam said.
Figures released by Ministry of Agriculture show China's equine population shrank by 37.2 percent between 1977 and 2006, the latest time that data was available.
Even in the herding areas of western China, horses have become a burden because they do not sell easily and eat at least three times as much as sheep.
In Yushu's Zhidoi County, a stallion sometimes sells for only 700 yuan, compared with 10,000 yuan back in the late 1990s.
Zhabnam heard that many horses in Yushu were sold to inland provinces. "Some people say these horses were slaughtered and sold by dishonest dealers as beef to grocery markets."
The annual horse race across Yushu Prefecture Authentic Sheldon Rankins Jersey , however, is the most festive occasion for Zhabnam. The race, which takes place every summer, draws more than 100,000 riders and audience with riding stunts, traditional costumes and Tibetan-style singing and dancing.
The champion in the race often receives cash prizes ranging from 2 Authentic Alex Anzalone Jersey ,000 to 10,000 yuan.
With such rewards on offer, some young Tibetan herders are willing to become professional horse riders.
Sonam Tashi, 21, earned more than 30,000 yuan by attending 26 horse races across Yushu Prefecture last summer.
Horse races have also helped create new jobs among Tibetans. In Xangda county Authentic Marcus Williams Jersey , 12 housewives have opened a workshop producing saddles, halters, horsewhips as well as headgear and shawls for riders.
"People like traditional stuff," said Padma Thinco, the woman who founded the workshop in October. "In fact, few young people are able to make these traditional items Authentic Ryan Ramczyk Jersey , and we hope the workmanship will survive."
She said the workshop had received 100,000 yuan worth of orders in three months.
"Horse races will remain an important pastime for Tibetans, as it conveys their nostalgia of the pastureland and the way their ancestors lived and worked," said Nyima Gyatso, a Tibetan folk culture specialist and curator of Yushu Prefecture Museum.
But the curator did not think horse races alone could help revive Tibetan equine culture. "Horses are no longer a must in the Tibetan's daily life. After all, life is getting better Authentic Marshon Lattimore Jersey , and few people would reject modernization."
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