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Wednesday October 30, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
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Bull’s eye: Royden Lam throwing a dart at the soft dart machine.
HONG KONG darts player Royden Lam was in uncompromising form when he defeated Singaporen Harith Lim in the Grand Master championship of Malaysia Soft Darts Championship Open 2013 (MSDO) recently.
The 38-year-old player who made his debut in the inaugural championship, secured his championship title after winning three cricket games in a best of five, 701-cricket-cricket-701-choice finals.
Lam said he was delighted to have won his first match in Malaysia.
“There are a lot of fans here and I did not let them down after coming a long way in this championship. I did my best and remained focused and poised throughout the whole match,” he said, adding that uninterrupted concentration is key to win any dart game.
Lam also mentioned that Lim was a tough opponent in which the Singaporean player managed to steal a 701-game despite the former pulling off four consecutive hatrick-bulls.
Fans of the Hong Kong player cheered loudly after Lam concluded the deciding cricket game in the finals after hitting the bulleyes twice to win the match.
Joint third of the Grand Master championship was grabbed by players from the Philippines Ronald Briones and Alain Abiabi.
In the Dynamic Duo (Doubles Medley) where teams were separated into four flights and groups according to rating, Malaysian pair Yap Boon Leong and Lin Zhi Wei made it to the finals and won the champion in the B Flight category while Teoh Boon Wei-Tan Chung Shan grabbed the gold medal in the C Flight Champion.
The two-day event presented by iDarts Malaysia attracted more than 280 local and international darts players from Japan, Hong Kong, China, the United States, Canada, Spain and the United Kingdom.
“Soft darts is a game of skill and one’s gender does not determine whether one can become a good player,” said iDarts Malaysia general manager Alex Chuah.
“A game of darts is about the darts’ trajectory and precision and soft darts came to Malaysian shores in 2011 when iDarts was established.
“The game is still in its infancy but we hope that it will be recognised by the Malaysian Sports Council,” he added.
To-date, there are four iDarts centres located in Kota Damansara, Puchong, Jalan Universiti and Petaling Jaya.
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