South Asian Games: Indian men's and women's badminton teams win gold medals

POKHARA: Indian men and women badminton The team was expected to claim gold medals after beating Sri Lanka in their respective finals in the 13th. South Asia Games (SAG) on Monday.

The men's team, led by Kidambi Srikanth, defeated Sri Lanka 3-1 in the final, while the women's side eliminated the same opponents 3-0 in the summit clash to make it a double bonanza for India.

Srikanth started the procedures for the men's team, passing the past Dinuka Karunaratne 17-21 21-15 21-11 in the opening match. Siril Verma then gave India a 2-0 lead after his opponent Sachin Premashan retired with a score of 21-17 11-5 in favor of the Indian.

Arun George and Sanyam Shukla, however, suffered a 18-21, 21-14, 11-21 loss to Sachin and B Tharindu Goonathilake when Sri Lanka grabbed a point to put 1-2.

Krishna Prasad Garanga and Dhruv Kapila He then completed the victory with a 21-14 21-18 victory over Karunaratne and Hasitha Chanaka in the second doubles match.

Earlier in the day, the men's team mauled Pakistan 3-0 with doubles pair of Arun George and Sanyam Shukla, singles players Krishna Prasad Garanga and Siril Varma registering easy wins.

While Arun and Sanyam defeated Raja Muhammad Hasnain and Atique Muhammad 21-12 21-12, Siril hit Zahid Awais 21-7 21-7 and Krishna Prasad Garanga beat Ali Murad 21-19 21-18.

Faced with the same opponents, the Indian women's team also eliminated Pakistan 3-0 in the semifinals to enter the summit clash against Sri Lanka. 22

While Sai Uttejitha Rao Chukka beat Mahoor Shahzad 21-12 21-18, Gayatri Gopichand pushed aside Palwasha Bashir 21-14 21-11 and doubled the pairing of Meghna Jakkampudi and N Sikki Reddy dismissed Javeed Huma and Akram Sheera 21 -14 21-12.

Individual events will begin on Tuesday.

BAI President Himata Biswa Sarma said: The team's gold medal is always special and I am sure that the Indian contingent will exceed the performance of the preliminary edition.

India also won nine medals, including two gold, in taekwondo and one gold, two silver and one bronze at the triathlon event on the opening day.

India is currently in second place with 16 medals, including five gold, eight silver and three bronze.

India is represented by 487 athletes in more than 15 disciplines.