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Daily Preview: 25 September 2017

25 September, 2017 (10:20)
Tags: Turkmenistan, Futsal, DanceSport, Kickboxing, Tennis, Swimming, Sambo, Chess, Weightlifting, Wrestling, Billiard Sports, Bowling

Even the hungriest of sports fans will be satisfied by the enormous banquet of action laid on at the Ashgabat 2017 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games on Monday. 

After a lengthy build up of preliminary matches and knock-out rounds that started the day before the Opening Ceremony, the women’s Futsal gold medal is set to be decided. 

Japan aim to finish the long journey with a fourth successive Games title. Thailand, winners of two silver medals and two bronze in previous women’s Futsal tournaments stand in their way. 

The bronze medal match between Iran and China takes place at 17:00, with the gold at 19:00.

DanceSport competition shimmies onto the schedule on Monday, and it is China’s dancers who look poised to sweep the floor at the Taekwondo DanceSport Arena. The two-day competition begins with gold medals in five Standard events as well as the Salsa category.

It’s a big day at the Indoor Tennis Centre, where the first medal of the tournament will be decided in the Mixed Doubles. India pair Jagadeesan Vishnuvardhan and Prarthana Thombare are the strong favourites, up against Thailand's Nuttanon Kadchapanan and Nicha Lertpitaksinchai.

At the Billiard Sports Arena, India’s Sourav Kothari seeks his fourth straight title when he faces Thailand’s Praprut Chaithanasakun in the English Billiards final. Also to be decided is the men’s 9-Ball Pool Scotch Doubles gold medal featuring Chinese Taipei and the People’s Republic of China.

In Kickboxing, Turkmenistan team-mates Merdan Mamedow and Sanzarbek Sapayew are on course to meet in the final of the men’s Kick Light -69kg. The pair have both reached the semi-final at the Muaythai Kickboxing Arena and are in separate halves of the draw. Both the semi and the final are scheduled for Monday.
 
Central Asian nations will be seeking to boost their medal counts in Wrestling action, which continues at the Main Indoor Arena. Medals will be decided in all Freestyle weight categories. 

Seven gold medals will be up for grabs on the final day of Swimming at the Aquatic Centre. Sajan Prakash seeks a second swimming medal for India, to add to silver in the men’s 100m Butterfly. Prakash goes in the men’s 100m Individual Medley and 100m Freestyle competitions. 

The men's +105kg title is on the schedule for the eighth and final day of Weightlifting. In the women's +90kg, Cook Islands weightlifter Luisa Fatiaki Peters looks to upset Asian champion Jia Weipeng of China.

In the second day of Sambo at the Martial Arts Arena, Asian champion Dinara Zhumabayeva is one of Kazakhstan’s main gold medal hopes in the women’s -64kg class. 

The 24-year-old world championhip silver medallist is chasing a fourth Asian title after victories in continental championships in 2013, 2015 and 2017. Kazakhstan has started well in the Sambo competition, and seeks to make up ground on Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan in the medal table.

And, a new chapter will open for the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games when e-Sports makes its debut as a demonstration sport. e-Sports action at Ashgabat 2017 will feature competition in some of the most popular and challenging games currently contested in the world, including Dota II, Starcraft II, King of Fighters XIV, and Hearthstone. 11 nations will compete in Ashgabat 2017 e-Sports competition, with Jordan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Afghanistan, Mongolia, China, Laos, Vietnam, Taiwan, Philippines, and host-nation Turkmenistan all fielding competitors. 

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