The Jakarta Post
Laos won over host Indonesia 2-0 (21-10, 21-19 and 21-17, 10-21, 21-17) in the men's sepak takraw team doubles event at Ranau Hall, Jakabaring Sport City, Palembang, South Sumatra, on Friday evening.
At the other semifinal match, Thailand beat Japan 2-0 to reach the final.
With the result, Indonesia and Japan shared the bronze medal, while Laos will challenge Thailand in Saturday's final.
“[…] whatever the result, we appreciate it. The teams [athletes, coaches and officials] had already worked hard thanks to their big efforts for this country,” Youth and Sports Minister Imam Nahrawi, who witnessed the match, said later.
“We still eyed the best result from this game [sepak takraw]; we still have other categories, let see,” said Nahrawi.
Indonesia will compete on Saturday in the preliminary men’s regu against the Philippines. The other matches will feature Nepal vs Malaysia, Singapore vs Pakistan and South Korea vs Nepal.