Indon spiker April Manganang says Philippine protest over her gender 'fired me up'
April Manganang talks to Indonesian reporters after the win over the Philippines. Reuben Terrado

SINGAPORE - Indonesian volleyball player April Manganang said she did not take offense from the Philippine protest questioning her gender prior to the two teams' match in the 28th Southeast Asian Games.

Speaking to Indonesian reporters, Manganang said she nonetheless drew motivation from the Philippine protest in leading the Indons to an emphatic straight-sets victory over Alyssa Valdez and Co. on Wednesday.

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"It fired her up, it gave her more spirit to play," said an Indonesian reporter when asked about Manganang's words after scoring a team-high 13 points in the Indonesians' 25-23, 25-20, 25-15 victory.

Manganang said the protest is nothing new, indicating she has dealt with it in the past and is therefore no longer surprised that the Philippines raised it ahead of the Singapore competitions.

She was cleared to play hours before the match by SEA Games organizers who based their decision on a FIVB certification that Mangarang is eligible to compete as a female.

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"It happened before, even before the SEA Games," Mangarang told Indonesian reporters.

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