Asian Games (basketball) - Arki Wisnu no problem to be point guard

Asian Games (basketball) - Arki Wisnu no problem to be point guard

Arki Dikania Wisnu (right) is captain of the Indonesian men`s basketball team (Antara Photo/Yudhi Mahatma)

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Arki Dikania Wisnu, the Indonesian small forward flagship of the men`s basketball team, has no problem if he is instructed to switch position to point guard at the upcoming Asian Games 2018.

"Since long ago, I was never forced to play in one position, so if asked to be a point guard, I am ready," Wisnu said here on Thursday.

The man who also served as captain of the national team said, he has been mature as a small forward either in his club Satria Muda Pertamina or in the national team of Indonesia. That position has brought his name soaring in the national basketball scene.

However, The 30-year-old basketball player is used to exchanging position from an early age. In fact, while studying in the United States, this 187-centimeter tall player was fluent in charge of the power forward and center.

"From the beginning, I have been taught to play in all positions, that makes me able to play anything in the field," Wisnu remarked.

Being a versatile player is important for Wisnu, because according to him, it makes a player more valuable.

"And of course that makes you more able to help the team," he disclosed.

Despite his original position as a small forward, Wisnu has been prepared by the men`s national team coach Fictor Roring to at times turn to be a point guard in charge of managing the attack of the national squad.

"There are four persons who can play point guard namely Andakara Prastawa, Xaverius Prawiro, Abraham Damar and Arki Dikania Vishnu," said Fictor.

Indonesian men`s national basketball team prepares 12 players to compete in the 18th Asian Games 2018 to be held in Indonesia. Besides Arki, the players are Kaleb Ramot Gemilang, Abraham Damar Grahita, Andakara Prastawa Dhyaksa, Sandy Febiansyakh Kurniawan, Kevin Yonas Argadiba Sitorus, Ponsianus Nyoman Indrawan, Xaverius Prawiro, Valentino Wuwungan, Firman Dwi Nugroho, Adhi Pratama Prasetyo Putra and Jamarr Andre Johnson.

Jakarta and the South Sumatran Provincial capital of Palembang will host the largest Asian sporting events from August 18 to September 2, 2018.

The games will be attended by 45 countries, and will feature 462 events in 40 sports, of which 32 are Olympic sports and eight are non-Olympic events.

The Olympic sports are Aquatics, Athletics, Fencing, Weightlifting, Basketball, Handball, Badminton, Baseball/Softball, Cycling, Equestrian, Golf, Wrestling, Hockey, Judo, Karate, Canoeing and Kayaking, Sailing, Shooting, Modern Pentathlon, Archery, Sport Climbing, Rowing, Rugby, Gymnastics, Roller Skating, Football, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Tennis, Boxing, Triathlon, and Volleyball.

The non-Olympic sports are Bowling, Bridge, Cricket, Kabaddi, Martial Arts (including Jujitsu, Kurash, Pencak Silat, Sambo, and Wushu), Mechanical Sports (such as Paragliding and Jet skiing), Squash, and Sepak Takraw.