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85-Year-Old Competitor Bridges The Age Gap At Asian Games

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JAKARTA, INDONESIA (AUGUST 20, 2018) (REUTERS) 85-YEAR-OLD OLDEST ASIAN GAMES PLAYER FROM PHILIPPINES, KONG TE YANG, TALKING TO MEDIA YANG TALKING YANG WALKING WITH HIS WALKING-CANE YANG WALK IN HALLWAY TO HIS ROOM (SOUNDBITE) (English) ASIAN GAMES OLDEST PLAYER, 85-YEAR-OLD FILIPINO BRIDGE PLAYER, KONG TE YANG SAYING: "I think bridge the game itself is very much like life, so many uncertainties, so many things to learn so many techniques, you must master and after the master all of your techniques you must realise that you have none learn enough." YANG PUT HIS HAT ON THE TABLE PHILIPPINES NATIONAL FLAG ON YANG'S HAT (SOUNDBITE) (English) ASIAN GAMES OLDEST PLAYER, 85-YEAR-OLD FILIPINO BRIDGE PLAYER, KONG TE YANG SAYING: "I would like to invite all the athletes to join us in using a new term which I suggest to be broader, broader in spirit and broader in mind, because the mind can eventually see our humanity and the limits of our physical strengths." YANG'S ASIAN GAMES ATHLETE ACCREDITATION CARD INDONESIAN NATIONAL BRIDGE TEAM PRACTISING INDONESIAN BILLIONAIRE BRIDGE PLAYER MICHAEL BAMBANG HARTONO PRACTISE HARTONO WEARING WHITE HAT (SOUNDBITE) (Bahasa Indonesia) INDONESIAN 81-YEAR-OLD BRIDGE PLAYER AND TYCOON, MICHAEL BAMBANG HARTONO SAYING: "We started in SEA (Southeast Asian) Games. SEA Games involve 11 countries. We succeeded bringing bridge to the competition in 2011 in Palembang. Next, we have Asian Games, right now 45 countries. From 45 (countries), 15 will compete. The struggle was real hard because (the) OCA (president) is from Kuwait. Sheikh Ahmad thought bridge is similar to gambling because we use card. After we explained bridge is also played in Islamic countries even in world championship, it is not gambling, he approved. The struggle was quite long, about three years. " HARTONO TALKING TO MEDIA (SOUNDBITE) (Bahasa Indonesia) INDONESIAN 81-YEAR-OLD BRIDGE PLAYER AND TYCOON, BAMBANG HARTONO SAYING: "It (bridge) is controversial because this is the first one in Asian Games. But at the Olympics there's chess, which is also brain work, and they accept it. We dream that bridge will be a competition too at the Olympics. This is our next fight." JAKARTA, INDONESIA (AUGUST 21, 2018) (REUTERS) BANNER SHOWING ASIAN GAMES 2018 LOGO EXTERIOR OF BRIDGE VENUE AND PARTICIPANT COUNTRY FLAGS

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