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India seal a medal in Sepak Takraw; a less-popular sport where Men’s Regu team won bronze

The Men’s Regu team of India created history by winning the first medal in Sepak Takraw in the form of a bronze at the Asian Games 2018. India lost to Thailand 0-2 but picked up a bronze as both the losing semifinalists are awarded a medal.

Sepak’ is the Malay word for ‘kick’ and ‘Takraw’ is the Thai word for ‘woven ball’. It is basically a footvolley game where one team has to win three games faster than the opposing team. The regu team consists of three members whereas the double regu team has two players in each team. The net is 1.52 metres above the ground. The players have to get the ball above the net with enough power to land it on the ground before it is controlled by the opponent. A team can only take three touches of the ball before it must go over the net.

India had defeated Iran 21-16, 19-21, 21-17 in the first match to make a winning start to their campaign. At the bronze medal win of India team.sports minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathor tweeted, “History Created! Kudos to the Indian Sepak Takraw team. Fantastic team effort by the boys!”

About Poulomi Kundu

PoulomiKundu started her career in 2000 as a freelance journalist in Hindustan Times. Soon after she was selected an intern in Zee News, Kolkata. After her post- graduation in English, Poulomi joined the leading television production house of eastern India, Rainbow Productions. She was a journalist in Khas Khobor, a Bengali news magazine programme in Doordarshan and also headed the post production department of another programme, Khas Kolkata. In 2004, Poulomi moved to Delhi as a creative writer in an advertising agency, Brand Stewards Pvt. Ltd. In 2005, she again shifted her base for a better opportunity and that in Mumbai. There she got the job in Raa Media Pvt Ltd. as an associate director of two programmes for Doordarshan-Yuva and Paisa Vasool. In the meantime, she also wrote features in DNA as a freelancer. Poulomi directs promotional videos, develops scripts for films for Corporate and NGOs. But an ardent sports lover, Poulomi always had an urge to contribute somewhere in the field of sports. Her love for sports started from an early age when she played gully cricket and football for local teams. Academics and professional hazards sometimes took her away from her passion, but it never died in her. She always nurtured the never-ending dream. So she materialized her dream in the form of ‘SPORTSAVOUR’. It is an online sports portal that serves sports with the tagline ‘For the indigenous, unconventional, unknown’.

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