Asian Games 2018: India settle for a silver medal after losing to Iran in Women’s Kabaddi Final
After India Men’s Kabaddi team went down 27-24 in the semifinal against Iran on Thursday.
India Women’s kabaddi team suffered another big upset in Kabaddi on Friday.
They lost 27-24 in the final and had to settle for a silver.
India started off brilliantly, taking a lead of five points, 13-8 at one stage in the first half. But Iran defense held their nerves and took 3 points in the final few minutes of the first half to close the gap to 13-11.
In the second half, Iran’s defense continued to struggle India and did not give leave any space for them to get a point.
After a nervy final minute, in which Sakshi Kumari earned a super raid to get 3 points for India. The two-time Asian Games Champions brought the score to the one-point difference.
But Iran held their nerve to take 3 more points before the final raid to script another historic win and getting the top medal finish.
It is for the first time in history that India has not been able to win an Asian gold in Kabaddi, with the Men’s team winning the bronze medal and the women’s team settling for a silver medal.
India’s coach L Srinivas Reddy said the loss suffered by the men’s team against Iran a day earlier had an impact on the morale of the girl’s team. “They played a great match and I can’t complain. They gave their best performance. But the loss of the men’s team definitely had put some pressure on girls team”.
India’s coach said the losses should assist as a wake-up call for kabaddi in India. “We prevail the game for so many years. It’s good to see that other teams are catching up with us. We must work to improve our game”.