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Indonesia's pursuit of glory tainted as hockey team banned amid internal conflict

  • Ramadani Saputra and Dicky Christanto

    The Jakarta Post

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Manila/Jakarta   /   Thu, December 5, 2019   /  10:05 am
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Team Indonesia chief contingent Harry Warganegara (left) raises the country’s flag during the team’s send-off in Jakarta on Wednesday, prior to their departure to the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in the Philippines. The Games are to run from Saturday to Dec. 11. (JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

The Indonesian contingent to the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games being held in the Philippines has bagged several more medals, securing four gold medals, three silver and four bronze, solidifying its fourth-place position, with a total of 72 medals, comprising 17 golds, 26 silvers and 29 bronzes. However, the pursuit of glory was tainted by the fact that the indoor hockey team was denied admission to the competition because of an ongoing conflict between two hockey associations. Indonesian bowlers presented two gold medals with the first from Billy Muhammad Islam and Hardy Rachmadian, who secured a total of 2,592 points in the doubles, leaving their closest contenders from Thailand, the Atchariya Cheng-Surasak Manuwong pair, 28 points behind. The Malaysian pair of Muhammad Rafiq Ismail and Al Hakim Tun Lukman, who collected 2,556 points, came in third. The second gold was present...