Kabaddi: India suffers shock defeat to South Korea

India lost 23-24 to South Korea, who won the bronze medal in the Incheon Games four years ago, in a match that went down to the wire.

This is the first defeat for India in 28 years at the Asian Games. (File Photo)   -  Getty Images

In a major upset, seven-time gold medallist India suffered its first-ever loss in the Asian Games to South Korea in the men’s Kabaddi group A game on Monday.

India lost 23-24 to South Korea, who won the bronze medal in the Incheon Games four years ago, in a match that went down to the wire.

This is the first defeat for India in 28 years at the Asian Games. They will lock horns with Thailand in its final Group A game on Tuesday.

The team had dished out a clinical performance on Sunday beating Bangladesh 50-21 and Sri Lanka 44-28.

In the women’s event, India continued its unbeaten streak cruising past Thailand 33-23 in its second group game.

The two-time champions dominated the contest from start to end, recording a comfortable win. The team will take on Sri Lanka on Tuesday followed by Indonesia.

India had made an impressive start to its campaign crushing Japan 43-12 in the opening game on Sunday.

They will look to complete a hat-trick of titles in the multi-sport quadrennial extravaganza.