Hyderabad, Oct 15 (UNI) India went down fighting to formidable South Korea 29-40 in their second league match of the men's handball competition of the 4th Military World Games here today.
The hosts, who drew with Turkey 30-30 in their first Group A match, gave a valiant fight but the difference in class showed that they had to play a chasing game throughout the match against their opponents who are among top four in the last three World Military Handball Championships.
The nippy Koreans exchanged the ball at a lightning speed and never allowed the Indians to narrow down the gap in score line which kept on increasing till it was a 10 goal difference at 13-23 at the half time.
The Indian militarymen, who had at least two international players in their ranks, did not lack in their efforts in front of large home supporters at Saroornagar Stadium but could not match the Korean sharp shooting and solid defence and lost the 60-minute match at 29-40.
Today's defeat would mean that India will have to come out something extraordinary in Wednesday's match against Greece who are also no pushovers having finished among top six in the World Championships in 2001 and 2002.
In volleyball also, Indian men's team gave a tough fight to fancied China before going down in straight sets in Group B league match.
Goaded by cheering home supporters at KVR Stadium, Yusufguda, the Indian's tried their best against the opponents who won silver in the last Games in Catania (Italy) but lost 26-28, 22-25, 18-25.
In other matches, last Games' bronze medalists and reigning world military champions South Korea beat Qatar 23-25, 25-20, 25-17, 25-22 in Group A, while Netherlands saw off the challenge of Canada 25-20, 25-23, 23-25, 25-23 in Group A.
India play their next match against Latvia tomorrow.