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Malaysian martial art team accused of cheating at SEA Games

The Games cauldron is lit during the opening ceremony of the 29th Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur.
The Games cauldron is lit during the opening ceremony of the 29th Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur. Adek Berry/AFP

Malaysian martial art team accused of cheating at SEA Games

The manager of Indonesia’s pencak silat martial art team has accused Malaysia of cheating in the latest controversy between the two nations, following last week’s fiasco in which the hosts apologised for printing the Indonesian flag upside-down in a Games magazine.

Malaysia’s Taqiyuddin bin Hamid and Rosli bin Mohd Sharif took gold in the men’s artistic doubles, but Indonesia team manager Edhy Prabowo said the pair had been awarded an unfairly high score.

“Never in the history of the male doubles has anyone had such inflated points,” Prabowo was quoted as saying on an Indonesian news website.

“They did not even deserve a third place, not even a fourth,” he said, adding: “I knew Malaysia would cheat. This is not good for our athletes, but we now have to accept this.”

Indonesia’s Yolla Primadona Jumpil and Hendy, the defending champions, were reportedly infuriated after finishing second with 554 points to Malaysia’s 582, a high score that Indonesia claim has never been awarded in this category before.

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