Hyderabad: Hosts India got off to a flying start as both men’s and women’s teams recorded comprehensive victories in the opening rounds of the ISTAF World Cup Sepak Takraw Championship at the GMC Balayogi Stadium here on Thursday.
In the men’s category in morning, Indian men thrashed France 21-6, 21-10.
Later, the women’s team turned up to maul neighbours Bangladesh 21-3, 21-8 to start the campaign on a winning note. The women’s match was a lopsided one as the visitors struggled with their serve. The Indian’s showed perfect on-field coordination and eked out a comfortable victory.
Pak teams drop out
The first day of the Sepak Takraw World Cup got off to a lukewarm response as the opening ceremony was held in front of an empty stadium. Adding to that, the teams from Pakistan, Indonesia and Brunei failed to come to the event despite getting visas. The organisers announced last week that the Pakistan players were also granted visas. But these three countries didn’t turn up owing to due to transportation problems. ISTAF secretary-general Abdul Halim Kader said that the government did their bit by granting visas but the teams failed to find direct transport. “The Pakistan teams didn’t have direct flight to here and they waited for three hours in the bus at the border. But the gate was closed so they returned home. The Indonesian and Brunei teams didn’t have direct flight connection and hence they failed to make it to the tournament.”
Men: India bt France 21-6, 21-10; Thailand bt Nepal 21-4, 21-6; Malaysia bt Bangladesh 21-10, 21-15; Brazil w/o Pakistan; Japan bt Nepal 21-15, 21-12; Iran bt Germany 21-14, 21-4; Mayanmar bt Bangladesh 21-3, 21-8;
Women: India bt Bangladesh 21-8, 21-8; Thailand W/) Pakistan; Vietnam W/O Indonesia; Malaysia bt Sri Lanka 21-6, 21-7; China W/O Pakistan; Nepal W/OIndonesia; Iran bt Srilanka 21-5, 21-0.