PM congratulates Indian kabaddi teams

“Good news from kabaddi continues,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi said as he congratulated the women’s and men’s kabaddi teams for winning gold medals in Incheon Asiad games. In separate congratulatory messages, Modi said “the Indian women’s Kabaddi team has made us very proud. I congratulate them on winning the Gold. A phenomenal accomplishment!” After the men’s team won the gold a few hours later, the Prime Minister said “good news in Kabaddi continues and this time it is the men’s team. Congrats for the gold. We are delighted.” The Indian men’s kabaddi team clinched its seventh successive gold medal at the Asian Games after coming from behind to beat a spirited Iran 27-25 in the summit clash.

Men spikers finish 5th at Asiad

The Indian men’s volleyball team finished fifth in the 17th Asian Games after defeating Qatar 3-2 in a 5th-6th position playoff at the Songnim Gymnasium on Friday. India won the contest 25-21, 20-25, 25-22, 20-25, 15-10 in an hour and 47 minutes. Both teams shared the first four sets which led to the decider where India pulled up their socks to win the set in 15 minutes. Overall, India won 105 points in the match to Qatar’s 103. Gurinder Singh was the highest scorer for India with 20 points while Naveen Raja Jacob Manidurai and Govindarajan Ramakrishnan Vaishnav gave good support with 18 points each. Renan Ribero was the highest scorer for Qatar with 21 points.

Women’s taekwondo team disappoint

India’s Maria Margerette Regi and Shaloo Raikwar lost their respective women’s quarter-finals taekwondo bouts in the 17th Asian Games at the Ganghwa Dolmens Gymnasium on Friday. While Maria (+73kg) was thrashed 1-15 by China’s Li Donghua, Shaloo put up a strong fight against Kuwait’s Alfahad Abrar, who registered a 3-3 win by superiority. First up, Maria, after a 1-1 tie at the end of the first round, failed to contain Donghua’s aggression and the Chinese earned seven points each in the next two rounds to march into the semi-final. In the other match, Shaloo fought valiantly against Alfahad.

HI seeks minister’s support after Asiad high

Hockey India secretary general Narinder Batra wrote to Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, requesting more support for the game to build on the success of the Incheon Asian Games. Batra has approached Sonowal after claiming step “motherly treatment” from the ministry’s nodal agency, the Sports Authority of India (SAI). “This achievement has only been possible due the extensive efforts of the players, coaches and the other support staff. We have outlined a few areas where we request your intervention and wisdom so that Indian hockey can capitalise on this recent success,” Batra wrote in his letter a day after India beat Pakistan to win the men’s hockey gold at the Asian Games after 16 years. The women’s team won the bronze in Incheon.

UP govt to give Rs 30L to medal winners

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav announced a reward of Rs 30 lakh each for Indian women relay race team member Priyanka Panwar and men’s hockey team member Danish Mujtaba, both hailing from the state, for winning gold in Incheon Asian Games. “The CM has announced award of Rs 30 lakh each to Priyanka and Danish Mujtaba for their performance in the Asian Games and winning gold for the country as members of relay race and hockey team members,” spokesman said. While Priyanka hail from Muzaffarnagar district of the state, Danish belongs to Allahabad. Yadav said their performance will encourage sportsmen from the state.

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