The Indian contingent registered its first win at the 18th Asian Games as the country’s women’s Kabaddi team made mincemeat of Japan in their Group A opener in Jakarta. The Asian Games officially started from Saturday with the opening ceremony in which Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra led India’s contingent as the flag bearer.
From Sunday, the official business will begin with India kicking off their campaign in various disciplines, including shooting, team badminton, wrestling, and women’s hockey. While shooting event will see CWG gold medal winner Shreyasi Singh, wrestling event will see Sushil Kumar take part in the event. Kidambi Srikanth will lead India’s team badminton against the Maldives.
India won 43-12 in a lop-sided encounter. The Indian women dominated the contest from start to end against the Japanese, recording an emphatic win in their first game on day one of competitions. India stayed on track to complete a hat-trick of titles in the multi-sport quadrennial extravaganza.Japan were never in the match and the gulf in class between the two teams was evident from the beginning.
India will be banking largely on their shooters, wrestlers and boxers to deliver gold medals at the Asian Games 2018 in Indonesia to better the 57-medal mark they achieved in Incheon four years ago. India, who struggle at the Olympics despite their population, have done reasonably well in the quadrennial continental event, only twice finishing outside the top eight since hosting the first Asiad in 1951.