Daily Preview: Sunday 24 September
Finalists and champions will be decided in the 3x3 Basketball, Indoor Tennis, Billiards and Futsal tournaments on Sunday – Day 9 – at the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games.
The first of the Futsal semifinals is at 11:00, when favoured women’s teams Japan and Iran clash at the Multifunctional Sport Venue.
At the last AIMAG tournament it was Japan who came out on top with a 2-1 extra-time win. Thailand versus the People's Republic of China is the other women's semi-final match.
Afghanistan take on Iran in the first men's semi-finals match, an unprecedented clash at the AIMAG Futsal tournaments. Iran is the four-time reigning AIMAG champion and is ranked world No.6, while Afghanistan are ranked 99th and making their first AIMAG semifinal appearance.
Three-tie AIMAG bronze medallists Uzbekistan are up against world No.15 Japan in the evening men’s match-up.
The 3x3 basketball semi-finals start from 18:00 on Sunday, and the medal matches take place immediately after. In the women’s semi-finals, it’s Syria vs Uzbekistan and Thailand and Turkmenistan face-off; while in the men’s, it’s Mongolia vs Qatar and Iraq vs Kyrgyzstan.
Turkmenistan women’s star player Ayna Gokova is in the mood: “The time of truth has come. This is our dream. This is why we play here,” she said.
In Billiard Sports, the men’s Snooker Team final is Iran versus Qatar. Also, Korea’s Cho Jae Ho will attempt to capture his second 3-Cushion Singles title, after winning in 2009 in Ho Chi Minh. He plays Nguyen Quoc Nguyen.
The competition is heating up at the Indoor Tennis, where Sumit Nagal of India is primed to take on his 1.93m tall opponent Farrukh Dustov from Uzbekistan, in the semi-finals of the men’s Singles.
The exciting 20-year-old Indian is not exactly tiny at 1.78m himself, but in the new landscape of tennis giants that makes him one of the smaller players on the circuit.
As well as Basketball and Billiards, there are medal events in seven more sports on Sunday, including Bowling, Chess, Kickboxing, Sambo, Short Course Swimming, Weightlifting and Wrestling.
Belts are off, as Wrestling moves to the spandex form with competition in the Olympic Freestyle and Greco Roman styles. Wrestlers from countries such as Indonesia, the People's Republic of China, Australia, the Marshall Islands, Nauru, Sri Lanka, Guam and the Federated States of Micronesia join the fray, for three days of intense medal competition.
Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan are poised to dominate the medals as Sambo makes its debut at the Games, with nine events on Sunday.
At the Aquatics Centre, eight finals, four each in men’s and women’s categories, will be contested.
The Weightlifting Arena is buzzing after yesterday’s incredible achievement by Iran’s Sohrab Moradi, who set a new world record for total lift, in the 94kg category. There are two medal events today in women’s 90kg, and men’s 105kg.
The first of the Kickboxing gold medals will be awarded this evening. The women’s Point Fighting -55kg, and women’s Full Contact -56kg titles will be decided.
And, there is the continuing battle of the brains at Chess. With just one round to go in the men's and women's Standard Individual Chess events, one Vietnamese star and one Chinese champion sit in gold medal positions. The final round 7 runs through Sunday, in the Chess Arena.
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