Indonesia may win another gold medal in sepak takraw at the 18th Asian Games after its men’s quadrant team defeated Singapore 2-0 (21-8, 21-12) to secure a ticket to the final at the Ranau Hall in the Jakabaring Sport City, Palembang, South Sumatra, on Friday.
In the other semifinal, Japan beat Vietnam 2-0 (21-17, 21-15) to reach the final.
“We have made it [to the final]. We have to fight to achieve the best result,” Indonesian coach Asry Sam said.
He expressed regret about Indonesia’s loss to Malaysia in the men’s regu final on Aug. 28.
“We had fought all out [to win the gold] but the reality was different,” said player Nofrizal.
Asry said his boys were lacking in competition experience and lost easily when under pressure.
“They should be focused on the game and must have a strong psychological condition,” he said.
The Indonesia women’s quadrant team earned the bronze medal after losing to Vietnam 20-22, 21-15 and 21-19. Indonesia shared the bronze with Laos, which lost to Thailand 21-17, 25-24.
The final matches will take place Saturday at 10 a.m., the last competition day of the Asian Games before the closing ceremony on Sept. 2.