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Indonesia Bridge Team triumphed in “36th International Bridge Festival ALBENA 2018” with four gold medals, two silver, and five bronze. According to a written statement quoted by Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Jakarta, Wednesday (3/7), the national bridge athletes with four national coaches participated in the event held from June 19 until July 1. At the closing ceremony, 11 times, Indonesian athletes came on the stage of honor to receive trophies and prizes because Indonesia got a total four gold medals, two silver, and five bronze. In the event, Chairman of the Board of Supervisor of Bridge Association of Indonesia (PB GABSI and World coach from Poland, Kristov Martens who handled the Indonesian national team got the award from the committee as honor guest. While Chairman PB GABSI, got the charter as an honor guest, and obtained trophy for the 3rd Champion Mini Team paired with Daily Chief of the PB GABSI, Handojo Susanto and player from Moldova. Besides, Indonesia team was also supported by Indonesia Honorary Consul in Varna City, Krasimir Simov. The tournament was part of trials in Bulgaria and the United States to maximize achievement in the Asian Games 2018 by targeting two gold medals for Indonesia. The tournament is quite prestigious because it is a four-star international championship (out of a maximum of 5 star matches). On July 2, Indonesia team continued the trial to the United States with excellent physical and psychic conditions. Hopefully, this will further strengthen the preparations towards the Asian Games 2018.

The dry circuit track in Semarang will become an opportunity for many crossers to stand on the podium of the race to be held on Sunday (8/7).  One of them is Honda mainstay crosser, Tim Gajser who is skillful in dry circuit. At the race in Pangkal Pinang last week, Gejser was strong to compete with two KTM racers, Jefferey Herlings and Antonio Cairoli. However, both racers are more resilient in wet circuit. Besides Gajser, MXGP in Semarang can also rely on Kawasaki racer, Clement Desalle. At the race in Pangkal Pinang, Desalle won in fifth position. However, Desalle who occupies the third position of individual standings MXGP this season will also get pressure from Yamaha crosser, Romain Febvre. The French racer got the third podium in the second race at Pangkal Pinang. Promoter of MXGP Indonesia, A Judiarto said in Jakarta, Wednesday (3/7) that all supplies and motorcycles of the world and Indonesia crossers arrived in Semarang. The racing held at the MXGP circuit Bukit Semarang Baru is believed to be more crowded with spectators because the access to Semarang is relatively easier than a number of cities on the Java Island. Ticket for Semarang is better to get because more 30 thousand  tickets had been sold a few days before MXGP is held. Chairman of the Central Executive of Indonesian Motor Association –IMI, Sadikin Aksa also believed that MXGP in Semarang will be more crowded. Modes of transportation to Semarang are a lot from everywhere to Java. While the difficulty in Pangkal Pinang is now the flight. Nevertheless, Sadikin assessed the MXGP implementation in Pangkal Pinang last week was successful. Although the circuit was showered with rain, the race could still be held and went well. So far, the Youthstream as the MXGP owner also did not submit any complaints after the MXGP implementation in Pangkal Pinang.

Eight Indonesia representatives advanced to the eighth round of Blibli Indonesia Open 2018 HSBC BWF World Tour Super 1000. The men's doubles and mixed doubles sent the most representatives. Each of the three representatives was followed by a representative in the women's doubles, as well as men's singles. One of the Indonesia mainstays in getting the title is the couple -Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo / Marcus Fernaldi Gideon who won two straight games over Ong Yew Sin / Teo Ee Yi (Malaysia) with score 21-18, 21-12. Kevin/Marcus seemed to have no trouble in the second round match that took place in Istora, Thursday (5/7). Meanwhile, Fajar Alfian and Muhammad Rian Ardianto become the last representative. Fajar/Rian beat the Dutch couple, Jelle Maas/Robin Tabeling with score 21-18, 19-21, 21-14. Unfortunately, Ricky Karanda Suwardi and Angga Pratama were defeated by Mads Conrad Petersen/Mads Pieler Kolding (Denmark) with score 12-21, 17-21. In the quarter final, Fajar and Rian have already waited the couple of the World Champion 2017 from China, Zhang Nan and Liu Cheng. However, Fajar/Rian recorded a 1-0 lead in a record meeting with Zhang/Liu. In Singapore Open 2017, Fajar/Rian won 21-18, 21-19. While Indonesian badminton player, Tommy Sugiarto beat the sixth-mainstay badminton player from China, Chou Tien Chen in second round of Indonesia Open in Jakarta, Thursday (5/7). Tommy became the only single Indonesian badminton player who advanced to the quarterfinals after winning with score 21-13, 14-21, and 21-18. In the quarter-finals that takes place Friday (6/7), Tommy Sugiarto faces with badminton player from Japan, Kento Momota.

Indonesia national team U-19 with four goals finally defeat the Philippines. The second match of the teams in the third match of Group A qualifying round AFF U-18 2018, in Deltras Sidoarjo Stadium on Thursday (5/7) ended with score 4-1. The result of the match made Indonesia still maintain the top of Group A. When faced the Philippines, Indonesia already looked superior. In the first half, Indonesia controlled 80 percent of the ball. However, the goalpost guarded by Muhammad Riyandi was successfully penetrated. Exactly in the 31st minute, free-kick of the Philippine midfielder, Tubigon Vergara made Indonesia lagged 0-1. The goal made by the Philippines closed the first half with 0-1. In the second half, the Indonesian players tried to strike back. The entry of midfielder, Todd Ferre replacing Risky Fendi in the 46th minute made Garuda front line increasingly active, but the Philippines defense managed to break the host aggressive game. In addition, the Garuda players often made mistakes in providing breakthrough assist. Indra Sjafrie rotated his last player in the 61st minute. Syahrian Abimanyu replaced Muhammad Luthfi Kamal. The Philippines coach, Hirata Reiji also replaced some of his midfielders.  The Philippines was trying to stay defensive against Garuda player attacks. The effort made by the Indonesia players was deadlock to score one goal. Until the 80th minute, the Philippines was still leading ahead. However, the hard work of Indonesian team paid off in the 81st minute. Saddil Ramdani who become a mainstay in hard kick into the goalpost, managed to dismantle the Philippine defense. Through left-foot hard kick from the penalty area, Saddil made a goal into the goalpost of Jessie Sambiante. The score was 1-1. One minute after the draw, a pass from Rifad Marasabessy led to defender Firza Andika who assisted the attack. The heading from PSMS Medan player silenced the Philippines again. Not enough with these two goals, in the 84th minute, Saddil again took off his hard kick and again made the Philippines lost. The score 3-1 made the defensive game of the Philippines meaningless. Until the 90th minute, the score was still 3-1. However, the referee gave an extra four minutes. In the 90+1 minute, Todd Ferre action fulfilled Indonesia's victory to 4-1. Indonesia closed the match with the score and Indonesian still has to face the Vietnam national team on Saturday (7/7) to advance to the semifinals. In the last game of Group A, Indonesia will face Thailand on Tuesday (10/7).

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