First, the bronze bag of India in the Dragon Boat World Cup

CHANDIGARH: the Indian dragon ship team has created history by winning a bronze medal in the course International Canoe Federation Dragon Boat World Cup will be held in Ningbo, China on Sunday. India won the bronze in the mixed team event in the 500m race.

The gold medal was won by Chinese Taipei , while the Chinese hosts had to settle for a silver. A total of 37 teams from 29 countries had participated in the championship.

It was a team effort and I am very happy to have won this historic medal. We could have done better, but the quality of our boats is not so good compared to other equipment. However, it is a great achievement, Manjeet said. Singh, captain of the Indian team, told TOI from Ningbo. We enter the event with good preparation after a 15-day camp at the Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh, he added.

The Indian dragon ship teams had won a silver and two bronze medals in the Asian Championship last year, but they failed to replicate their performance in the Asian Games.

Manjeet also attacked the apathy of the sports ministry towards water sports, but hopes that this medal will help improve water sports infrastructure in India.

The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) was not even ready to send us to the Asian Games, until the last moment. I do not want to degrade our country; but if you look at the boats, the equipment and the type of training sessions that players from China, Singapore and Malaysia receive, we are not close to them. Despite the lack of support, we have won the medal. I hope these medals help improve the infrastructure of water sports in India, he said.

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