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MARCUS/KEVIN RETAIN ALL ENGLAND TITLE

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Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo.

Greatindonesia.co.id, Jakarta – Indonesian men’s pair Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo retained their title of the prestigious All England badminton tournament this year after outclassing Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen of Denmark.

The Indonesian men’s pair beat the Danish duo in two straight sets 21-8, 21-77, the Badminton World Federation (BWF) revealed in its official website on Monday (19/3/2018).

In the first set, the Indonesian pair led the score in 15-11, but Boe/Morgensen managed to catch up in 15-15.

During the final serve, the Danish men’s pair failed to add the score, and as a result, Markus and Kevin reclaimed the first set of the match.

In the second game, Boe and Mogensen fought back, and sought to outclass Markus and Kevin in 17-17. However, the Indonesian men’s pair successfully led back and won the second match.

“All England is the world’s most prestigious and old badminton tournament, so this victory is special for us. We are pleased to play here, and get many supports,” Kevin said after the match.

After retaining the men’s pair All England title for two times in a row, Marcus and Kevin have followed their senior Ricky Subagja and Rexy Mainaky who grabbed the similar wins in 1995 and 1996.

Another pair who retained the All England titles for two times in a row was Kim Mon-soo and Park Joo-bong of South Korea in 1985 and 1986. (ric)

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TONTOWI/WINNY ADVANCE TO QUARTER-FINALS OF MALAYSIA OPEN 2019

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Indonesian mixed doubles pair Tontowi Ahmad/Winny Oktavina Kandow the victory over Hafiz/Gloria at the Axiata Arena, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Thursday (4/4/2019).

Greatindonesia.co.id, Jakarta – Indonesian mixed doubles pair Tontowi Ahmad/Winny Oktavina Kandow beat Hafiz Faisal/Gloria Emanuelle Widjaja with a score of 19-21, 21-18 and 21-19 to advance into the 2019 Malaysia Open quarter-finals. For Tontowi/Winny, the victory over Hafiz/Gloria at the Axiata Arena, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Thursday (4/4/2019), was the first one after two encounters in previous matches. The second meeting took place during the 2019 India Open tournament.

“We have studied their playing patterns. At the 2019 Indian Open yesterday, they beat us. We watched the match video again to look for weaknesses,” Tontowi said in an official statement reported by the Indonesian Badminton Association (PBSI).

According to Tontowi, who is better known as Owi, the main reason why they won this level 750 match was because they were calm. Although they lagged behind Hafiz/Gloria, he said he remained calm all through the match, right to the end.

“The key to any victory is being calm on the field, and not playing in a hurry. Even though we were behind, we remained calm and continued to collect points one by one, “Owi added.

In the quarter-finals, Tontowi/Winny will face Malaysian partners Tan Kian Meng/Lai Pei Jing. The two pairs have never played against each other before.

“Before the quarter-finals, we must get enough rest and maintain a diet. Later, we will study our opponents’ game. The important thing is to play a focused and calm game. Hopefully, I can win,” said Owi.

The 2019 Malaysia Open tournament is taking place from 2 to 7 April 2019. The total prize money for the super 750 level badminton tournament is 700,000 US dollars (US). (eli)

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INDONESIA WINS AFF U-22 CHAMPIONSHIPS

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AFF U-22 2019 Final Championship when they defeated Thailand, Tuesday (26/2/2019) night.

Greatindonesia.co.id, Phnom Penh – Indonesia emerged as the winner of the AFF U-22 Championships after beating Thailand 2-1 in the finals at the Phnom Penh National Stadium on Tuesday (26/2/2019) night.

Indonesia`s two goals, from Sani Rizki Fauzi and Osvaldo Ardiles Haay, buried Thailand`s lead in the finals.

This is the second time that Indra Sjafri has taken Indonesia to win the AFF, having won the AFF U-19 championship in 2013.

Thailand`s Saringkan Promsupa scored a goal in the 57th minute through a header.

Indonesia equalized in the 59th minute through Fauzi who made a speculative shoot from outside the penalty area. The ball hit the Thai defender before Fauzi converted into a goal.

Indonesia scored the second goal in the 64th minute through Haay. (gil)

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DISMISSAL OF COACH GOMEZ NOT DUE TO PERSIB’S FAILURE

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Persib`s soccer coach, Mario Gomez.

Greatindonesia.co.id, Bandung – The sacking of Persib`s soccer coach Mario Gomez was not based on the failure of the team to win the Liga I or League One competition last match, commissioner of PT Persib Bandung Bermartabat (PBB), Kuswara S Taryono has said.

“Not (because of its failure to win). There are many assessments carried out thoroughly and comprehensively,” Kuswara said here on Saturday (15/12/2018).

According to Kuswara, there are somethings that can be announced to the public, and somethings that are not for public consumption about Gomez`s dismissal.

Gomez hailing from Argentina was contracted for two years, so Persib has to pay compensation for terminating the contract when the coach`s tenure was only about one year.

Regarding next candidate for the team`s coach, he asked the public to be patient, because there are many figures that should be considered before the final decision is taken.

“Just be patient. Hopefully in the near term the figure will be there, then we will let you know. Now we cannot say,” he said.

Meanwhile, PT PBB Director Teddy Tjahjono said the termination of Gomez`s contract was due to his behavior. Gomez`s relationship with players of the team and officials is not conducive, he noted.

In fact, Gomez often criticized the team`s management and told the media about the problem of bonuses.

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