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Indonesia's second Asian Indoor Games

30th October, Ho Chi Minh City: Indonesia will be participating at the 3rd Asian Indoor Games 2009 for the second time as the bowlers warmed up at Saigon Superbowl during the unofficial practice on Friday.

At the last games in Macau, Indonesia had a relatively young and inexperienced team of four men in which their best finish was tenth in the Team event. The men were Rangga, Oscar, Dennis Ranova and Haqi Armein.

Oscar and Haqi finished 24th in the Doubles event while Rangga and Dennis managed only 30th position out of 37 pairs. Oscar was Indonesia's best performer in the Singles by taking 29th position out of 74 men.

Team Indonesia prepares for practice

Haqi, Rangga and Dennis finished disappointing 33rd, 56th and 57th positions respectively. There were no women sent for the previous championship. Korea emerged as overall champion with 5 gold, 3 silver and 1 bronze medal.

This time round, Indonesia has a much more stronger team with Ryan Lalisang leading Dennis, Rangga and Hengky Susanto in the men's division. Although Lalisang has yet to find his best form this year, the 29-year-old has the experience to take on the best in Asia.

Lalisang won the Singles Gold medal at the 2006 Asian Championship in Jakarta while Dennis made the Masters finals in the 1st Asian Youth Games in Singapore this year. Rangga is making his second appearance.

Over in the women's division, in-form Tannya Roumimper is the more fancied Indonesian women to put in a strong challenge. After winning this year's Indonesia Open Masters crown, the 17-year-old has also had several podium finishers.

Robby Roumimper at the team manager meeting

Putty Armein is also a strong medal contender after returning to the winning circle when she picked up the ABF Tour Macau leg title. Putty was the star of the show during the 2006 Asian Championship in which she picked up two gold medals.

Sharon Limansantoso's experience in big tournaments will be a boost to the team. The 2007 Indonesia Open champion won the 2007 SEA Games Masters gold medal. 2004 Indonesia Open champion, Novie Phang is the fourth women in the team.

Meanwhile, the team arrived on Thursday and took to the lanes today for their unofficial practice after having their equipment checked. The team managers' meeting was held later at First Hotel.

Official practice will take place tomorrow over two squads and the championship will kick off proper with the men's Singles on Sunday. The top 8 at the end of the 6 games will advance into the knockout quarterfinals toward the finals to decide the champion.

The women's Singles will be held on Monday, 2nd November where similarly, the top 8 will advance to the knockout stage at the end of the 6 games. The Doubles will be contested on 3rd and 4th November.

The Team of 4 will be held over two block of three games on 5th and 6th November with the top 4 teams advancing into the knockout semifinals on 7th November. Asian Ranking points will be allocated for the Singles event only.

Detailed information: Championship Schedule | Participating Countries | Photo Album.

Photos by Terence Yaw in Ho Chi Minh City.
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