Asian Games 2018: Indian Men's Handball team loses 28-38 to Chinese Taipei in opening match
The Indian men's handball team faced a difficult fight to play in the Asian Games, after the IOA's decision to send only teams that had a top-eight ranking in Asia.
Jakarta: The Indian men's handball team, whose participation at the Asian Games was mired in controversy before getting clearance, began its campaign at the quadrennial event with a 28-38 defeat against Chinese Taipei at the Popki indoor stadium on Monday.
The Games are set to begin in the Indonesian capital with the opening ceremony on 18 August but competitions in many events such as handball and football has already begun.
In the 13-team men's competition, India have been clubbed with Chinese Taipei and Iraq in Group D. There are four Groups.
In the women's draw, 10 teams will be vying for gold. India will compete with South Korea, Kazakhstan, China and North Korea in Group A. The women's team will play its opening match on Tuesday against Kazakhstan.
The men's handball team, ranked 12th, struggled to get into the Games as the Indian Olympic Association followed a policy of allowing only entry for teams ranked 8th or higher in Asia.
The withdrawal from Australia, Uzbekistan, China, Oman and UAE effectively placed India seventh among the participating teams in Jakarta.
The Handball Federation used this logic for inclusion of their team and eventually got the green light from the IOA after intervention of the Allahabad High Court.
After being forced to shut out fans last year due to Covid-19, the tournament will begin selling tickets for the 30 August - 12 September showdown at Flushing Meadows to the public on 15 July.
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