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India wins four bronze medals in Wushu at 2018 Asian Games

India won four bronze medals in Wushu sporting event (all in Sanda style) at Jakarta-Palembang 2018 Asian Games held in Indonesia. It was India’s best performance so far in Wushu in Asian Games as in Incheon games in 2014, India had won just two bronze medals.

Four bronze medals winners are

  • Roshibina Devi: 60kg category.
  • Santosh Kumar: 56kg category.
  • Surya Bhanu Partap Singh: 60kg category.
  • Narender Grewal: 65kg category. He had earlier won bronze in Sanda 60kg in 2014 Asian Games.

Wushu

Wushu is Chinese Kung-fu. It is martial art form that deals with exhibition and full-contact sport derived from traditional Chinese martial arts. It is different from other combat sports as it is a mix of kick-boxing and wrestling. It is made up of two disciplines, namely Taoulu (forms) and Sanda (sparring). Sanda comprises combative aspect of art-form, while Taoulu involves demonstration of the moves, acrobatic routines and techniques that that are implemented in Sanda. Wushu is international sport governed through International Wushu Federation (IWUF).

India wins bronze medal in Men’s Sepak Takraw at 2018 Asian Games

India won bronze medal in Men’s Sepak Takraw event at 2018 Jakarta Palembang Asian Games in Indonesia. It was India’s maiden medal in Sepak Takraw sporting event. In the semifinal match of event, Indian team lost to defending champion Thailand by 0-2 score. In its first match of the event, India had defeated Iran 21-16, 19-21, 21- 17.However it had lost to Indonesia (0-3 score) in the second Preliminary Group B match of day but still advanced to last-four stage and won bronze medal.

Sepak takraw

Sepak takraw (kick volleyball) is traditional sport of countries Southeast Asia. It has similarities like Volleyball which is played with hand but sepak takraw is played with the feet, knee, head and chest. Sepak takraw has been part of Asian Games since 11th edition in Beijing 1990. There are four types of sepak takraw games for men and women – circle, double regu, regu and team. Thailand is traditionally the most dominating country in Asia.

Sepak takraw match is played by two regus (teams) each made up of three players who must take across wicker or plastic balls onto the pitch field. Its field is sized 13.4 x 6.1 meters and are separated by net which has high of 152 cm (men) or 142 cm (women).

The regus serving first, starts first set and side that wins first set has option of choosing service (first service decided by toss). As soon as the Tekong (player) kicks ball all players are allowed to move freely in their respective courts. The service is valid if ball passes over net and inside boundary lines of opponent, whether it touches the net or not. The point is awarded when either serving or receiving side commits fault serving next ball.