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Indian men, women teams continue losing streak

Written by: Staff

Doha, Dec 4 (UNI) Indian men and women's Sepak Takraw teams continued with their losing streak with defeats against Japan and Korea respectively, in the Asian Games here today.

The Indian men put up a slightly decent show this morning before bowing out to Japan 1-2. This was the first match of the tournament in which they were able to snatch a regu from the rivals.

The women team, however, could not do even that and was blanked by Korea 3-0.

Overall, Indian men's performance was marginally better than the previous matches and they lost to Japan 89-121.

The Indian trio of Chinganbam Geskant, Chabungbam Biken Singh and Kiran Hirom Singh put up a good display before going down narrowly 37-42 in the first regu but the next set of Indians -- Surjit Singh Waikom, Premananda Singh and Pangambam Durjit Singh -- surprised everybody by bouncing back in the game winning the second regu 42-18 to draw parity.

In the last regu, R Ngasepam, Sanathoi Akoijam and Vikesh Minam failed to produce a good display and lost 29-42.

In the women section, the Koreans outclassed India 126-53 (42-15, 42-18, 42-20).

The Indians -- Chanu Ronibala, Romita Maibam Devi and M Aruna devi (first regu), Meri Devi, Bilashini Oinam Devi, Rasheshwari Devi (second regu) and Premila Devi, Anitha Kancharla and Anita Sahoo (third regu) -- could not put up much of resistance against the far superior Koreans.


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