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Indian Women’s Hockey team take home silver; lose 1-2 to Japan in the final

The Indian Women Hockey team lost 1-2 to Japan in the Asian Games final and thus could not fulfill the dream of reclaiming the gold after 36 years. It was yet another heartbreak for Indian hockey as the Men’s team has already lost their semifinal clash against Malaysia and will now fight for bronze against Pakistan.

The Indians started as favourites but Japan played a brilliant defensive structure. India has had more possession and shots on goal but Japan took the lead in the 11th minute when Minami Shimizu converted their first penalty corner.

India, however, pressed hard and got the equaliser in the 25th minute through the shot of Neha Goyal.

But the Japanese did not lose their focus and restored their lead through another penalty corner conversion by skipper Motomi Kawamura in the 44th minute. India desperately searched for moves upwards but the Japanese were too good in possession.The final whistle blew and Japan won the gold.

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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