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85-year-old competitor bridges the age gap at Asian Games

by admin   |   Posted on Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018



Filipino bridge player Kong Te Yang, 85, the oldest competitor in the 2018 Asian Games | REUTERS

As athletes sweat and strain on the track and in the pool, a more cerebral and certainly more sedentary set of competitors got down to business on Tuesday (August 21) at the Asian Games.

Eighty-five-year-old Kong Te Yang, the oldest competitor in the Asian Games, is set to play in one of the opening rounds of the card game bridge which is making its debut in Jakarta.

“Bridge the game itself is very much like life, so many uncertainties, so many things to learn, so many techniques,” Yang told Reuters on the eve of the opening.

Yang, who started playing bridge six decades ago, laughed when asked whether bridge should be counted as a sport.

“I suggest to be broader, broader in spirit and broader in mind, because the mind can eventually see our humanity and the limits of our physical strengths,” he said.

With the host of the games allowed to pick a number of additional sports, one of the driving forces behind including bridge has been 78-year-old’s Indonesian billionaire Michael Bambang Hartono.

Hartono said it took them three years to persuade the Olympic Council of Asia to add bridge to the Asian Games as it is deemed to be ‘not Islamic’.

“It is controversial,” Hartono, who has been playing the games since he was six years old, said after his practice. “But at the Olympics there’s chess, which is also brain work.”

If Hartono has his way, the players will meet again in Tokyo in 2020.

“We dream that bridge will be a competition too at the Olympics. This is our next fight,” he said. — Reuters

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World record among highlights of Asian Games

by admin   |   Posted on Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018


Liu Xiang of China celebrates after winning the gold medal and breaking the world record. REUTERS/Jeremy Lee

China’s Liu Xiang broke the world record to open the third session of swimming at the Asian Games in Indonesia on Tuesday (August 21) as she clocked 26.98 seconds in the women’s 50 metres backstroke.

The 21-year-old topped the previous record of 27.06 seconds set by her compatriot Zhao Jing in 2009.

Japanese swimmer Rikako Ikee grabbed her fourth gold of the meet with a victory in the women’s 100 meters butterfly.

China’s Zhang Yufei took silver for her first individual medal at the Games, while An Se-hyeon won bronze for South Korea.

China’s swimming sensation Sun Yang won his eighth Asian Games gold after storming to the finish line in the men’s 400 meters freestyle.

China’s Yu Hexin swam to a convincing win in the men’s 50 meters freestyle gold medal ahead of Japanese duo Katsumi Nakamura and Shunichi Nakao.

In the weightlifting, Rio Olympics silver medalist Eko Yuli Irawan claimed Indonesia’s first gold in weightlifting at the Asian Games, winning the men’s 62kg category.

Yuli Irawan won the medal in front of President Joko Widodo, who cheered him on along with the crowd.

Vietnam’s Trinh Van Vinh took silver and Uzbekistan’s Adkhamjon Ergashev the bronze.

South Korea’s taekwondo fighter Lee Ah-reum failed to defend her title after she was beaten 6-5 by China’s Luo Zongshi in the 57kg category final.

Pauline Lopez of the Philippines and Vipawan Siripornpermsak of Thailand took bronze.

China extended their unbeaten run to 13 matches in women’s water polo at the Asian Games as they clinched their third consecutive gold medal.

They were crowned champions after a 16-3 victory over Hong Kong.

Chinese fencer Huang Mengkai has claimed the second fencing gold for China by defeating Choi Nicholas Edward of Hong Kong 11-10 in the men’s individual foil final.

The bronze medal went to semi-finalists Son Yong-Ki of South Korea and Cheung Ka Long of Hong Kong.

Qian Jiarui won China’s first fencing gold in the women’s individual sabre on Sunday.

Indian shooter Saurabh Chaudhary, 16, clinched a gold medal on his debut Games by winning the men’s 10m air pistol with a score of 240.7 points, a Games record.

Japan’s Tomoyuki Matsuda (239.7) led for most of the final but had to settle for silver. Another Indian, Abhishek Verma (219.3), took the bronze.

China got off to a winning start on Tuesday, clinching two gold medals in wushu. Teenager Wu Zhaohua won the men’s daoshu and gunshu all-round competition while Guo Mengjiao won the women’s jianshu and qiangshu all-round event. — Reuters


Japan delegation head apologizes, sends home basketball players for night with women

by admin   |   Posted on Monday, August 20th, 2018

Yasuhiro Yamashita, Head of Japan’s delegation to the Asian games | REUTERS


Japan has sent home four players from their men’s basketball team at the 18th Asian Games for spending the night in a Jakarta hotel with women, head of the delegation Yasuhiro Yamashita said on Monday (August 20).

The players left the athletes’ village following their game against Qatar on Thursday (August 16) to eat at a restaurant where they met a Japanese-speaking local, who told them about a bar where they could meet women, Yamashita told a news conference. The quartet, who were wearing their team uniforms, spent a couple of hours at the bar before checking into a hotel with four women, staying there until Friday (August 17) morning, he added.

Officials named the players as Takuya Hashimoto, Keita Imamura, Yuya Nagayoshi and Takuma Sato.

Japan, who won basketball bronze at the last Asian Games four years ago, beat Qatar 82-71 in their second game in Jakarta and top qualifying Group C. Their next match is against Hong Kong on Wednesday. — Reuters

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Indonesia welcomes Asia with explosive opening ceremony

by admin   |   Posted on Monday, August 20th, 2018


2018 Asian Games opening ceremony. REUTERS/Issei Kato

A spectacular pyrotechnic show, including a simulated volcanic eruption, lit up the Jakarta skyline on Saturday (August 18) night as Indonesia rolled out the red carpet for the continent’s elite athletes in the opening ceremony for the 18th Asian Games.

The country’s President Joko Widodo made an unorthodox and dramatic entrance to the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, riding a motorbike onto the stage before officially opening Indonesia’s second hosting of the Asiad.

The North and South Korean athletes marched together under a common flag featuring a map of the divided peninsula.

The centerpiece of the set was a huge model of a volcano around which 3,600 performers danced in various colorful costumes, entertaining an enthusiastic crowd and the millions watching around the continent on TV.

The climax of the ceremony came when former Olympic badminton champion Susi Susanti carried the Games’ torch to the summit of the volcano and set off a spectacular display of fireworks.

Some 9,000 security personnel stood guard at the stadium, which has previously hosted, among others, Pope John Paul II, Michael Jackson, Bon Jovi and Guns N’ Roses as well as English Premier League sides such as Chelsea, Liverpool, and Arsenal.

Security remains a concern in world’s biggest Muslim-majority country, which witnessed suicide attacks claimed by Islamic State in the city of Surabaya in May – the deadliest militant attacks in more than a decade.

Organisers have said 100,000 police and military personnel will be on duty to protect the Games, while facial recognition technology will be used at some of the venues.

Some 13,000 athletes from 45 national Olympic committees will compete in 40 sports and 67 disciplines in the biggest multi-sport extravaganza outside Olympics with the schedule including new events ranging from bridge to roller skating. — Reuters

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