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SEA Games sepak takraw marred by Indonesian walkout

 | August 21, 2017

Indonesian women's team leaves court after coach protests referee's decision in match against Malaysia.



KUALA LUMPUR: The Indonesian women’s sepak takraw team, who were allegedly unhappy with a decision by the referee, staged a walkout half way through the second game against Malaysia at the Titiwangsa Stadium, here last night.

The walkout was the first major sporting incident to mar the 29th SEA Games which officially opened Saturday in glittering fashion although a glitch in the souvenir programme of the SEA Games was spotted when the Indonesian flag was printed upside down.

Match referee Mohd Radhi Che Mei later awarded the match to Malaysia with a 2-0 score.

Malaysia won the first set 22-20 after a mammoth battle but when Radhi penalised Indonesian “tekong” Lena’s serve when the score was 16-10 in favour of Indonesia, coach Asry Syam rushed into the court to protest the decision and later urged his players to leave the court in protest despite pleas from team officials.

Asry together with his players Dini Mita Sari, Leni, Florensia Cristy, Lena and Evana Rahmawati later left the Titiwangsa Stadium hurriedly.

With Indonesia out of the competition, the walkover awarded to Malaysia means the hosts will meet Thailand tomorrow in a match to decide the winner of the gold medal.

Meanwhile, Malaysian coach Md Fikri Md Noor said his charges would take a positive approach when facing Thailand tomorrow, knowing that the Thais were a powerhouse in the sport.

Malaysia won the bronze medal at the Singapore SEA Games in 2015.


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