Asian Games 2018: India assured of first-ever medal in Sepak takraw

first_imgIndia achieved something that they have never before – assure a medal in Sepak takraw.What is Sepak takraw you wonder?Sepak takraw is a traditional sport of the nations in Southeast Asia. Each team is strengthened 3 players who must take across wicker or plastic balls onto the pitch field – according to the official website of the 2018 Asian Games.Players use their feet, head, knees and chest to hit the ball across the net. They are not allowed to use their hands.The Indian Sepak takraw team reached the semi-finals and are now assured of at least of a Bronze.India defeated Iran 21-16, 19-21, 21- 17 in the first match to make a winning start to their campaign.They, however, lost to Indonesia 0-3 in the second match of the day in Men’s Team Regu Preliminary Group B but advanced to the last-four stage.”It is a historic performance by India. It is the first time that India has won a medal in Sepak takraw in the Asian Games,” Sepak takraw Federation of India secretary general Yogendra Singh Dahiya told PTI.There are six teams in the Asiad competition with Thailand, Malaysia and South Korea clubbed in Group A, while India were drawn with Iran and Indonesia in group B.India’s win over Iran ensured their entry into the semifinals tomorrow. The other semifinalists are Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia.In Women’s Team Regu Preliminary Group A, India lost to Laos 1-2. They had lost to South Korea 0-3 in their opening match on Sunday.advertisement(With inputs from PTI)last_img

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