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India’s Kabaddi team loses to South Korea at Asian Games 2018

Rishabh Gupta

India's Kabaddi team loses

The fans receive a shock at the Asian Games 2018 on Day 2 as India’s Kabaddi team loses to South Korea.

South Korea pulled out a big upset on the seven-time Asian Games gold medalist Indian Kabaddi team earlier today. The previous edition’s bronze medalists beat India 24-23 on Day 2 of the Asian Games 2018. India are the current defending champions at the continental tournament.

This is only the second time when South Korea has registered a win against India, and the first time India has ever been defeated at the Asian Games. Korea’s first win against India came in 2016 at the Kabaddi World Cup group stage in Ahmedabad.

Korea took a early lead in the match, courtesy their strong defence. The Indian raiders failed to penetrate the defensive wall, and even when Ajay Thakur and Pardeep Narwal equalised the score, India’s sloppy defending conceded a three point lead to South Korea.

The match was closely fought, and even though Ajay Thakur scored a point off the final raid, Korea won a point when they dashed him out.

The writing was on the wall for India as they also looked sloppy against Sri Lanka on Day 1. India conceded a five point lead to their Island neighbours in the initial stages of the game, before recovering from the early setback to win 44-28.

The Indian men’s team has now played 3 games, winning two against Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. The Women’s team, on the other hand, have won both of their games against Japan and Thailand respectively.

After India’s loss, people took to twitter to express their shock. Here are some of the tweets:

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Rishabh Gupta

Rishabh Gupta

A sports enthusiast. Sports, I believe, is one of the few powers which help us grow, both as an individual and society. With each day, in the rich world of sports, I grow.

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