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Date: 8/18/2018
 

A spectacular opening ceremony officially opened the 18th Asian Games today at the Bung Karno Stadium in Jakarta with over 2,000 singers and dancers performing against a backdrop of mountainous scenery and vegetation typical of Indonesia in front of 40,000 spectators – the second time that Indonesia has hosted the Games, following the 1962 edition.

President Joko Widodo and many other VIPs welcomed athletes from 45 Asian countries, which included a joint delegation of North Korea and South Korea, as they marched into the stadium.

The Games, which will finish on 2 September, feature a men’s and women’s handball competition which officially started earlier this week (Monday 13 August).

In the women’s tournament, the preliminary action is split between two groups: group A featuring Republic of Korea, Kazakhstan, China, India and Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, while group B features Indonesia, Japan, Hong Kong, Thailand and Malaysia.

After two match days, as expected, Japan and Korea look the strongest, winning both of their games clearly, although Kazakhstan have also managed to grab two victories in their pair of matches, most impressively, beating China 27:26. The scores had been level at the break (11:11) and China even took an early second half lead, but Kazakhstan battled back in the 40th minute (16:16) and were never behind again.

After a rest day today (Saturday 18 August) the women’s preliminary round starts again tomorrow (Sunday 19) and runs for a further two match days (21 and 23). Another rest day then follows (24) before the 5-10 classification matches on Saturday 25 August.

The semi-finals are then on Monday 27 August before the 5-8 final classification matches (29 August) and final and bronze matches on Thursday 30 August.

The men’s tournament is split across four groups with Qatar, Iran and Malaysia in group A, South Korea, Japan and Pakistan in B, hosts Indonesia, Saudi Arabia and Hong Kong in C and group D rounding it off with Bahrain, Chinese Taipei, India and Iraq.

The men’s preliminary round concluded yesterday, with Qatar topping group A thanks to two wins out of two, Korea topped group B, even though they were on the same points against Japan (after the two teams drew 26:26). Group C saw Saudi Arabia win both of their games to finish top and in the four-team group D, Bahrain won all three of their matches to enter the main round with a 100% record.

The men now have two rest days before the main round starts on Monday 20, which is followed by four further main round playing days (21, 22, 24, 26).

Republic of Korea have won 12 out of the 16 gold medals in either men’s or women’s handball at the Asian Games and 15 in total, only missing out on the podium in 2006 when their men’s team lost the bronze medal match against Iran.

Sunday 26 August also sees the 5-8 classification matches take place ahead of the men’s semi-finals the following day (27 August) and the medal matches on Friday 31 August).

For more information visit the official website at https://www.asiangames2018.id/sports/name/bola-tangan.

RESULTS

Men’s Competition

Monday 13 August
IND vs TPE 28:38
IRQ vs IRN 24:30
MAS vs QAT 11:64
PAK vs KOR 16:47
HKG vs INA 40:17

Wednesday 15 August
IRI vs MAS 55:11
JPN vs PAK 38:15
KSA vs HKG 42:24
IRQ vs TPE 37:30
IND vs BRN 25:32

Friday 17 August
KOR vs JPN 26:26
INA vs KSA 13:47
QAT vs IRI 35:20
IND vs IRQ 29:40
BRN vs TPE 37:21

Women’s Competition

Tuesday 14 August
IND vs KAZ 19:36
THA vs JPN 16:41
PRK vs KOR 22:39
MAS vs INA 15:23

Thursday 16 August
THA vs INA 34:16
HKG vs JPN 13:41
IND vs KOR 18:45
CHN vs KAZ 26:27

SCHEDULE
The full playing schedule for the men’s and women’s handball competitions at the 2018 Asian Games can be found HERE.

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