Asian Games: Singapore settles for sepak takraw bronze in quadrant after loss to Indonesia, Sport News & Top Stories

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PALEMBANG – He had come to see Singapore take on Indonesia in the sepak takraw quadrant semifinals of the Asian Games at Ranau Hall in Jakabaring on Friday, August 31, but this particular spectator just couldn’t keep their eyes open as Singapore s ‘was at 21-8, 21-12.

Farhan Amran and Co struggled to keep pace with the quality of play from the hosts, and indeed, even the Indonesian fans who rocked Ranau’s foundations moments earlier in the Indonesia-Vietnam Women’s Semifinals, are left halfway through the men’s match.

But Singapore’s takraw men will not leave Asia empty-handed.

Indeed, they will return home with two bronze medals – double their loot from four years ago in Incheon, South Korea.

But they realistically admit that it will take some time before they can compete with their neighbors in Southeast Asia.

“We thought we could win gold, or at least make it to the final in the (event) quadrant, but I’m not disappointed,” said coach Padzli Othman.

He regretted the left knee and right thigh injury that chief striker A’fif Safiee suffered earlier in the day, which hampered his performance in the game.

“The players have done their best, and it’s already a lot better than what we did in Incheon.”

Padzli accepts that Singapore’s quality ranks them fourth in ASEAN, and that’s because most of the regional teams train full-time. And until they move to call, gold medals will be hard to come by.

Vice-Captain Farhan Aman sang the same score.

“We’ve given 110% in every game here. We have to improve in terms of mistakes, but it’s the best a Singapore team can do,” said Farhan, who admitted to being “a bit disappointed” through the semi-final. final defeat.

“Right now other teams eat and sleep takraw, training together every day. We need to change, we need full-time players for takraw, and maybe we can start (by having a team ) at the Singapore Sports School (SSP), “added the 31-year-old, who works in the Singapore Civil Defense Force, with two of his teammates.

“If we have an appropriate system to prepare young players, and if we have them in the SSP, in 10 years we will be at the level of the other ASEAN teams.”

But that doesn’t mean they’ll raise the white flag, at least not at the Philippines SEA Games next year. The men won a silver and seven bronze at the 2015 Singapore Games, but did not compete in the last edition in Kuala Lumpur.

“Most of this team are in their mid-twenties and have another good five years to play, and we also have some young players to come,” said Padzli, who believes Singapore Sepak Takraw Federation “has the ability to support full-time players. “.

“We know where we are, but at the next SEA Games our target has to be gold.”

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