Indonesia wins TAFISA Wheelchair Rugby Cup
By Rodney Holt
An unbeaten run to the final culminated in Indonesia winning the Wheelchair Rugby Cup at the TAFISA World Games in Jakarta on October 9, defeating Thailand 61-43.
Played over three days at the Jakarta Intercultural School in what was the first wheelchair rugby tournament ever held in Indonesia’s capital, one of the over 30 sports in the 2016 Tafisa World Games supported by the Indonesian Ministry of Sports.
The Tafisa Cup, opened by Dr Bayu of the Ministry of Sports marked the debut of newcomers Singapore, and the welcome return to competition of India and Thailand, their first tournament since 2013, South East Asia powerhouse Malaysia, and host Indonesia completing the line up of five developing Asian countries.
Special mention should be made of Thailand, who returning to competition after a 3 year hiatus defeated pre event number one ASEAN team Malaysia in the semi finals only to lose to an Indonesia superbly lead by eventual tournament MVP, Ni Made Ratni in the final.
With the win Indonesia is firmly ranked first in South East Asia and a medal favourite with wheelchair rugby looking to join the ASEAN ParaGames in Kuala Lumpur in September 2017.
During the tournament representatives of five countries: Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia and Timor L'Este agreed to set up the SE Asia Wheelchair Rugby association to foster development of the sport in the ASEAN region and lobby for the inclusion of WR in the upcoming ASEAN ParaGames and Asian ParaGames.
Watch replays of wheelchair rugby at the TAFISA Games at these links:
All Tournament Team
3.0 Werdiasa (7) INA
2.0 Nizam (8) MAS
2.0 Haikal (6) MAS
1.0 Garunphon (4) THA
MVP - Ni Made Ratni (INA)
Best Sportsmanship - Tan Whee Boon (SIN)
Golden Whistle – Emma Stewart (AUS)
Head Referee - Gilles Briere (CAN)
Technical Delegate – YunHo Kim (KOR)
Tournament Director - Rodney Holt
The Indonesian Wheelchair Rugby Federation (INA WRF) would like thank their sponsors Indonesian Ministry of Sport,the Australian Embassy in Jakarta, Crown Relocations, Jakarta Intercultural School, MAJU wheelchairs and Bali Sports Foundation.
In particular, special thanks to the chairman of the Tafisa World Games Organising Committee (JATGOC) Bapak Hayono Isman who had the faith and courage in supporting a relatively unknown sport on a world stage.
Also support from Deputy Sports Minister Pak Isnanta and the JATGOC Coordinator Pak Amran Siregar should be noted.
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