In the ongoing Asian Games 2010 being held at China’s Guangzhou India is a strong contender for winning gold medal in men’s Kabaddi team event.
Proving it right, the team has reached the finals by defeating Japan in the semi finals on Thursday.
India has been winner of gold medal five times earlier and has a record of winning gold medal since the start of first edition of Asian games held in 1990.
Japan was badly thwarted by a score of 52-17 in the semi final held at Nansha Gymnasium dominating over them right from the moment game started.
In the first half itself the picture was more or less clear when India was leading by a handsome score of 26-5.
In second half though Japan produced some resistance by grabbing 12 points but of no avail to prove them worthy of winning the game as India grabbed 26 additional points in the second half.
It will be India versus the second semi final winner Iran fighting in the final game on Friday at the same stadium.
In women’s Kabaddi event semi final to be held later in the day, India will fight against Iran women team. Earlier Indian men’s Kabaddi team had beaten Pakistan by a close 17-16.
In men’s chess section Uzbekistan’s Rustam Kasimdzhanov was beaten by a clean sweep of 0-4 by Indian chess star Grandmaster P. Harikrishna.
India that way is topping the table at the end of second round on Thursday of chess team men’s event.
Highly charged Uzbek Kasimdzhanov was shocked by a clean sweep defeat against Harikrishna as he could not gather a single point in the game the first team event.
After that another Indian start Krishnan Sasikiran defeated Uzbek Flippov Anton in the second event.
The fete continued as Surya Sekhar Ganguly further beat Alexei Barsov and G N Gopal thrashed Khamrakulov Dzhurabek by 4-0. Indian men’s chess team is leading the table with 7.5 points in total followed by Vietnam with 7 points.
In women’s chess team section Indian team is at second place in the table with 6 points behind China and Vietnam with 7 points each taking the first place jointly.
Nisha Mohota, grandmaster defeated Uzbek Nodira Nodirjanova and Harika Dronavalli drew againt Nafisa Muminova