In a heart-pounding final showdown at the Xiaoshan Guali Sports Centre in Hangzhou, the Indian women’s kabaddi team emerged victorious against a determined Chinese Taipei, securing the gold medal in the Asian Games 2023. This article unravels the thrilling journey of the Indian women’s kabaddi team, their remarkable performance, and their significant achievement in Asian Games history.
The Gold Medal Match
In a fiercely contested match, the Indian women’s kabaddi team clinched the gold medal by defeating Chinese Taipei with a nail-biting score of 26-25. This triumph marks their third gold medal in Asian Games history.
A Glorious History
- The Indian women’s kabaddi team previously secured gold at Guangzhou 2010. They defended their title at Incheon 2014. In Jakarta 2018, they finished as runners-up.
- Chinese Taipei showcased their growth in kabaddi by upgrading their bronze medal from Jakarta 2018 to silver in the Asian Games 2023.
Key Players Shine
Pushpa Rana and Pooja Hathwala, known for their consistent performance, played pivotal roles, contributing significantly to India’s points during the group stage.
A Thrilling Encounter
- Chinese Taipei’s Hsiu-Chen Feng stunned the two-time champions with a super raid, leveling the scores at 5-5.
- Notably, India and Chinese Taipei had previously played out an electrifying 34-34 draw in the group stage.
- India secured their spot in the final by defeating Nepal in the semifinals.
- Chinese Taipei showcased their prowess by overcoming the 2018 champions, Iran, in the semifinals, earning their place in the gold medal match.
The inclusion of women’s kabaddi in the program for the 2026 Asian Games, to be held in Japan, promises an exciting future for the sport and further opportunities for teams to shine on the international stage.