Women bring kabaddi silver
Bangladesh had to be content with silver in women's kabaddi of the 11th South Asian Games when they conceded a 34-20 defeat to India in the final at the Outer Stadium Kabaddi Court yesterday.
India's men too bagged gold and retained supremacy of the region beating Pakistan comprehensively in the final by 29-11. India earned two lonas, one on each side of the break. The winning team led the first half by 16-4.
Hosts, Bangladesh had to once again take the bronze as they lost to the two finalists earlier.
In the women's final, India dominated the first half and took a 23-8 lead. In the second half, Bangladesh staged some fightback and got 12 points against thirteen won by India. But they could not overcome the deficit and the regional powerhouse prevailed in the end with a 34-20 scoreline.
The hosts, however, were not disappointed with the result as it was the first silver won by the Bangladeshi girls in an event that started in Colombo Games in 2006. "We won bronze in Colombo last time. So winning silver is an improvement. We will play for the gold in the next Games," said Kamrun Nahar Dana, manager of the Bangladesh women kabaddi team.
Bangladesh coach Abdul Hakim was also satisfied with the silver, but said he had expected a better fight from the players.
"We were not expecting to win the gold, but we were looking for a better contest. We earned only three bonus points against the thirteen earned by India which virtually took us out of the game."
Nepal won the bronze medal coming third in the points table.