Experienced Indian paddler Harmeet Desai continued his good run in the international circuit as he staved off a strong challenge from his compatriot Amalraj Anthony to win the gold medal in the ITTF Challenge Indonesia Open 2019 played in Batam, Indonesia on Sunday. In an all-Indian men's singles final which saw two of India's prominent players go up against each other, it was Harmeet who started on the frontfoot winning the opening game 11-9 before losing the next game 9-11 allowing Amalraj to draw level. Ranked 104 in the world, Harmeet, however took control of the proceedings and won the next two games by an identical margin of 11-9 to go 3-1 up in the match. Amalraj reduced the lead by winning the next game 12-10, but the reigning Commonwealth TT Champion did not make any further mistake and won the 6th game 11-9 to seal the match 4-2 and win his second international title of the year. Both the players looked in ominous form in the previous rounds getting past their respective … [Read more...] about Harmeet Desai Beats Anthony Amalraj to Win Men’s Singles Gold at ITTF Challenge Indonesia Open
Video PlayerClose JAKARTA, Nov. 17 (Xinhua) -- Indonesian fighter Daud Cino Yordan on Sunday defeated South African opponent Michael Mokoena by a technical knockout (TKO) in the IBA Super Lightweight World Title bout in Indonesia's East Java province. With his win at the 8th round, Daud became the new IBA and WBO Oriental world's champion of the super lightweight category. At the seventh round, Mokoena suffered an injury at his left shoulder, but he attempted to keep launching strikes. Finally, at the eighth round the South African fighter gave up and retired. With his victory, the Indonesian 32-year-old pugilist now has 40 wins (28 of which were knockouts) and four losses. … [Read more...] about Indonesia’s Daud becomes new IBA, WBO Oriental world’s super LW champ
Harmeet Desai added another crown to his tally as he won the men's singles crown in the ITTF Challenge Indonesia Open that was held in Batam. The win made the 26-year-old from Surat the first Indian to win a pro tour title Asian soil, according to a message from Gujarat State Table Tennis Association. Seeded second in the tournament, Harmeet edged out countrymate and sixth seed Anthony Amalraj 4-2 in the final to win the title. Consistent show Harmeet, who made a direct entry into the main draw, started his campaign with 4-2 win over Pang Yew En Koen of Singapore in the round of 32. Harmeet was at his best in the pre-quarters where he blanked 11th seed NG Pak Nam of Hong Kong 4-0. Harmeet then edged out Japan's Kizukuri Yuto 4-2 in the quarters before beating fifth seed Lam Siu Hang of Hong Kong 4-2 in the semis. … [Read more...] about Harmeet wins Indonesia Open
Rakshit Desai, Managing Director, FCM Travel Solutions India, Flight Centre Travel Group Australia’s Indian subsidiary, answers your questions on Travel — howtos, trends, recommendations and more. Send in your questions to: [email protected] I and my wife, age 82 and 80 years, will be in Singapore in February 2020. Please suggest some resorts where we can spend 4-5 days and then return to Singapore. For a relaxing holiday close to Singapore, I would recommend Bintan which is a part of Indonesia but is less than an hour away by ferry from Singapore. In Bintan, you can visit one of the many nearby villages, interact with the locals, visit the 1000 Face Buddhist Temple or see the 300-year-old Snake River temple. Alternatively, you could choose to just sit back, relax and enjoy the beaches. Most resorts in Bintan have vegetarian options at their restaurant. My partner and I plan to get married in December this year. We look forward to visiting Europe on for our … [Read more...] about Ask The Travel Expert: What are the best resorts to visit near Singapore?
Harmeet Desai, seeded fourth, defeated seventh seed A. Amalraj 11-9, 9-11, 11-9, 11-9, 10-12, 11-9 in the final of the ITTF Challenge Indonesia Open table tennis championship here on Sunday. This is Harmeet’s second international title of the year after the Commonwealth championship in July at Cuttack. Harmeet said it felt great to win his first title on foreign soil. “It was a very different feeling. It wasn’t a easy tournament for me as I had tough matches from the first round and I beat quite a few good Asian players,” said the 26-year-old. … [Read more...] about Harmeet downs Amalraj for title