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Home advantage can be crucial in Asian Games, says bowling coach Tan

Date : 08 Aug 2018

Palembang, Indonesia, August 8, 2018: Indonesia’s national bowling team coach, Thomas Tan, believes that home advantage can sweep his players on to the medal podium at the 18th Asian Games.

The bowling competition will take place in the new, 40-lane bowling centre inside Jakabaring Sport City at Palembang, which will co-host the 18th Asian Games with Jakarta from August 18 to September 2.

Tan’s players were hard in training at the competition venue on Tuesday afternoon, and the coach is convinced this experience and knowledge can help them challenge for medals.

“We have been coming here on and off since May,” said Tan.

“I think the new bowling centre is excellent – one of the best in South East Asia concerning the size and the fact that it stands alone rather than inside a mall. It has a high ceiling and is more like a stadium.”

The players certainly seemed to be enjoying it, as the pins toppled and the team spirit and determination shone through.

“Regarding motivation, this is the second time we have hosted the Asian Games in Indonesia and we definitely want to go down in history,” said Tan.

“As host, we definitely have the edge and they will use this opportunity to get the medals.”

The competition will be fierce from all five zones of Asia, especially East Asia and South East Asia, and Tan says there is one clear favourite that all rivals will need to beat.

“We all know in bowling that South Korea is the powerhouse of Asia, so we will be head to head with Korea – and we expect to do better than them because we have been here for a while. That will be our advantage, our home ground,” he added.

“In South East Asia we are in the top three, right behind Malaysia in the men and in the women behind Malaysia and Singapore. But we know all the teams will be strong in all six events – trio, team of six and masters. I expect it is going to be really good.”

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