India’s Pinky Balhara has won bronze medal in the sporting event of kurash at the 5th Asian Beach Games held at Da Nang, Vietnam.
She won the medal in women’s 52kg category after she lost to Nguyen Thi Thanh Thuy of Vietnam in the semifinals. Vietnam’s Nguyen Thi Thanh Thuy won the gold medal in this event while another Vietnamese Nguyen Thi Quynh won the silver medal.
To participate in the 5th Asian Beach Games, India had sent a contingent of 208 members. The athletes will participate in 13 sporting disciplines which include Kabaddi, Swimming, Handball, Pencak Silat, Kurash, Woodball, Sambo, Ju-Jitsu, Pentaque, Sepaktakraw, Shuttlecock, Voninam and Muay Thai.
Kurash is a form of wrestling that had originated from Uzbekistan. In this game, two opponents wear a green and a blue jacket. The participants try to throw the other on the ground. If a player throws down his opponent backward, then he is declared victorious. If the opponent is thrown to one side, then the points are awarded.