Hosts Indonesia bid emotional farewell to 18th Asiad

Hosts Indonesia bid emotional farewell to 18th Asiad

Artists perform during the Closing Ceremony on September 2. (REUTERS)     JAKARTA, September 2 (Reuters): Indonesia bid an emotional farewell to the 18th Asian Games on a rain-soaked evening at the Gelora Bung Karno stadium on Sunday with the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) President hailing the event as a “historical success”.   The […]

Asian Games: Tottenham’s Son secures military exemption after Korea win Asiad gold

Asian Games: Tottenham’s Son secures military exemption after Korea win Asiad gold

Son Heung Min of South Korea celebrates after winning the gold medal on September 1. (REUTERS)   BOGOR, Indonesia, September 1 (Reuters): Tottenham Hotspur striker Son Heung-min’s professional career received a boost in the form of military exemption when South Korea won the Asian Games soccer gold on Saturday.   Substitute Lee Seung-woo and Hwang […]

Shuttler Sindhu settles for Asiad silver

Shuttler Sindhu settles for Asiad silver

V.Sindhu Pusarla of India in action against Tai Tzuying of Taiwan on August 28. (REUTERS)   Jakarta, August 28 (IANS): Badminton player P.V. Sindhu had to settle for silver after going down in straight games in the final of the women’s singles category at the 2018 Asian Games here on Tuesday.   Sindhu was no match […]

Asian Games: Twins make it a double sister act in Jakarta synchro final

Asian Games: Twins make it a double sister act in Jakarta synchro final

Gold medallists Jiang Wenwen and Jiang Tingting of China, silver medallists Yukiko Inui and Megumu Yoshida of Japan and bronze medallists Yekaterina Nemich and Alexandra Nemich of Kazakhstan celebrate on August 28. (REUTERS)   JAKARTA, August 28 (Reuters): Two sets of twins stood on the podium with Asian Games medals around their necks after the […]

Asian Games: Badminton a smash hit as Indonesia excels

Asian Games: Badminton a smash hit as Indonesia excels

Gold medallist Jonatan Christie of Indonesia holds the Indonesian flag during the medal ceremony at Jakarta, Indonesia on August 28. (REUTERS)   JAKARTA, August 28 (Reuters): By far the loudest cheers at the main cluster of Asian Games venues in the heart of the Indonesian capital Jakarta over the last couple of weeks have been […]

Asian Games: Neeraj Chopra smashes competition to win javelin gold

Asian Games: Neeraj Chopra smashes competition to win javelin gold

Gold medalist Neeraj Chopra of India on August 27 (REUTERS)   JAKARTA, August 27 (Reuters): India’s Neeraj Chopra smashed the field to claim the men’s javelin gold at the Asian Games on Monday by posting his personal best which was nearly six metres clear of his closest competitor.   The long-haired 20-year-old entered the competition […]

Governing body hopes Asian Games helps secure weightlifting’s future

Governing body hopes Asian Games helps secure weightlifting’s future

Ali Hashemi of Iran competes on August 26. (REUTERS)   JAKARTA, August 26 (Reuters): As weightlifting battles for its Olympic future, China and Kazakhstan’s absence from the Asian Games due to doping suspensions indicates how seriously the sport’s governing body is taking the crisis.   The two nations were among nine handed suspensions by the […]

Indonesia optimistic during best ever Asian Games

Indonesia optimistic during best ever Asian Games

Gold medalist Rifki Ardiansyah Arrosyiid of Indonesia poses on August 26. (REUTERS)   JAKARTA, August 26 (Reuters): It is only the halfway stage of the Asian Games yet hosts Indonesia have already secured their best-ever showing after surpassing the 11 golds they won at their first home Games in 1962.   Rifki Ardiansyah Arrosyiid’s triumph […]

Asiad 2018: Bopanna-Sharan win doubles gold

Asiad 2018: Bopanna-Sharan win doubles gold

Palembang (Indonesia), August 24 (IANS): Indian tennis stars Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan won gold in the men’s doubles category at the 2018 Asian Games here on Friday.   The Indians defeated Denis Yevseyev and Aleksandr Bublik of Kazakhstan 6-3, 6-4 in the final.