History created, India wins first ever medal in sepak takraw in Asian Games

History created, India wins first ever medal in sepak takraw in Asian Games

Image: Indian sepak takraw men's regu team at the 18th Asian Games 2018 (via twitter.com/Media_SAI)

The Indian sepak takraw team won bronze medal in men’s regu team event at the ongoing 18th Asian Games 2018. The team lost in the semi finals of the men’s regu team event to the power house of the game Thailand by 2-0 thereby to settle for bronze medal. Although India could not beat Thailand to go the final, the country has won the first ever medal in Asian Games.

India began their campaign with a 2-1 win over Iran but lost their second match 3-0 against Indonesia. However, since Iran had lost both their matches, they were eliminated and India progressed to the semi-finals assuring themselves of a bronze medal.

Six nations took part in the Men’s Team Regu event which was divided into two groups. While Thailand, Malaysia and South Korea were clubbed in Group A, India were drawn with Iran and Indonesia in group B.

Indian men’s squad comprised of  Khangembam Niken Singh, Sandeep Kumar, Sorokhaibam  Malemnganba Singh, Thokchom Seitaram Singh, Wahengbam Henary Singh, Waikhom Sanjeck Singh, Yumnam Akash Singh, Harish Kumar, Lalit Kumar, Ngathem Jotin Singh, Dheeraj and Gurumayum Jiteshor Sharma.

Minister of State (I/C) Youth Affairs & Sports, MoS (I/C) Information & Broadcasting, Govt. of India, Rajyavardhan Rathore appreciated the achievement as historic.

The former Olympic medalist tweeted: “HISTORY CREATED! Kudos to the Indian Sepak Takraw team. Not only did they become India’s 1st team in the sport to reach the Semi-finals of the Team Regu Event at #ASIANGAMES2018 and also winning a medal. FANTASTIC TEAM EFFORT by the boys! #IndiaAtAsianGames”

The game of sepak takraw is not new to India however it is less known to the people of the country. The game was showcased as a demonstration sport in 9th Asian Games 1982 held in Delhi and four Indians participated in the demonstration.

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