Asian Games 2018, Day 1: Indian Kabaddi team defeats Bangladesh, Sushil Kumar loses

Jakarta: The Asian Games officially started from Saturday with the opening ceremony in which Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra was India’s 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.

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.

Here are the major updates from Day 1:

  • Apurvi Chandela and Ravi Kumar opened India’s medal account at the Asian Games 2018 as the duo claimed bronze in the 10m Air Rifle Mixed Team event.
  • While Indian men’s badminton team has made it to the quarterfinals as it defeated the Maldives in the round of 16 by winning by a margin of 3-0.
  • India’s Sushil Kumar suffered a shock defeat in his first bout against Bahrain’s Adam Batirov. There was no swiftness and he was defensive all throughout and now his fortunes hinge on the progress of Batirov. Bajrang Punia has won his qualifying bout against Khasanov Sirojiddin by a margin of 13-3.
  • India defeated Bangladesh in Kabaddi by a margin of 50-21. India went into the game as the favourite to win the contest and unsurprisingly, the team came out in flying colours. Bangladesh tried to make a comeback all throughout the contest but India maintained a big lead.
  • India lead 1-0 against the Maldives in the men’s team event round of 16. Star Shuttler Kidambi Srikanth is also a part of the squad. He played a pivotal role in team India’s win against the Maldives in the final of the Commonwealth Games 2018.
  • Saurabh Sangvekar recorded a time of 1:54.87 in the men’s 200m freestyle swimming event and finished second in his heat as a result. The winner of the heat was Kazakhstan’s Adil Kaskabay, who had a time of 1:53.37.
  • Karman Kaur Thandi and Divij Sharan defeat Alberto Jr Lim and Marian Jade Capadocia 6-4, 6-4 in 81 minutes in the Round of 32 in Tennis Mixed Doubles.