Asian Airgun championship: Saurabh chaudhary and Manu bhaker

कुवैत सिटी :  युवा निशानेबाज मनु भाकर और सौरभ चौधरी की जोड़ी ने शुक्रवार को 11वीं एशियाई एयरगन चैंपियनशिप के दस मीटर एयर पिस्टल मिश्रित टीम स्पर्धा में नये जूनियर विश्व रिकार्ड के साथ गोल्ड मेडल जीता. टूर्नामेंट के अंतिम दिन भारतीय जोड़ी ने फाइनल में वांग झियोउ और हांग शुकी की चीनी जोड़ी को हराया. 

भारत की जूनियर निशानेबाजी टीम ने चैंपियनशिप में चार गोल्ड सहित कुल 11 मेडल जीते. युवा ओलंपिक खेलों के चैंपियन मनु और सौरभ ने फाइनल में 485.4 अंक बनाये और वे चीनी जोड़ी के 477.9 अंक से काफी आगे रहे. चीन की एक अन्य टीम ने ब्रॉन्ज मेडल जीता जबकि भारत की एक अन्य जोड़ी अभिदन्या पाटिल और अनमोल जैन चौथे स्थान पर रहे.

मनु और सौरभ ने क्वालीफाईंग में 800 में से 762 अंक बनाये. उन्होंने चीन के वांग और हांग के बाद दूसरे स्थान पर रहकर क्वालीफाई किया. अभिदन्या और अनमोल 760 के स्कोर के साथ तीसरे स्थान पर रहे. 

Manu bhaker and Saurabh

तीसरा गोल्ड है सौरभ का
सौरभ का यह दो दिन में तीसरा गोल्ड मेडल है. उन्होंने गुरुवार को दस मीटर एयर पिस्टल की टीम और व्यक्तिगत स्पर्धा में गोल्ड मेडल जीते थे. मनु ने टीम स्पर्धा में सिल्वर मेडल जीता.  सौरभ ने चैम्पियनशिप की 10 मीटर एयर पिस्टल में गोल्ड मेडल हासिल किया था जो व्यक्तिगत स्पर्धा में चार महीने में उनका चौथा पीला तमगा रहा. सौरव के अलावा मेरठ के 16 साल के सौरव ने अर्जुन सिंह चीमा और अनमोल जैन के साथ मिलकर कुल 1731 अंक के साथ टीम स्पर्धा का भी गोल्ड मेडल जीता था. 

सौरभ ने गुरुवार को ही आठ खिलाड़ियों के व्यक्तिगत फाइनल में 239.8 के अंक के साथ अपना दूसरा गोल्ड जीता था. इस प्रतियोगिता में अर्जुन ने 237.7 अंक के साथ सिल्वर मेडल हासिल किया जबकि ब्रॉन्ज मेडल चीनी ताइपै के हुआंग वेई्-ते (218) के नाम रहा. अनमोल (195.1) चौथे स्थान पर रहे. सौरव ने इससे पहले अगस्त में एशियाई खेलों में गोल्ड जीतने के साथ विश्व निशानेबाजी चैम्पियनशिप और पिछले महीने युवा ओलंपिक खेलों में भी गोल्ड मेडल हासिल किया था. 

मनु भी चूकीं मेडल से
युवा ओलंपिक चैम्पियन मनु भाकर  गुरुवार को ही व्यक्तिगत मेडल से चूक गईं थीं और 10 मीटर एयर पिस्टल फाइनल में 196.4 अंक से चौथे स्थान पर रहीं. भारतीय महिला जूनियर टीम में मनु, अभिदन्या पाटिल और नेहा शामिल थीं जिन्होंने 10 मीटर एयर पिस्टल स्पर्धा में 1694 अंक से टीम स्पर्धा का सिल्वर मेडल जीता. टूर्नामेंट में भारत की मेडलों की संख्या 11 हो गयी है जिसमें चार गोल्ड, पांच सिल्वर और दो ब्रॉन्ज मेडल शामिल हैं.

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Sensational Saurabh Chaudhary Claims Gold At Asian Airgun Championships

Sensational Saurabh Chaudhary Claims Gold At Asian Airgun Championships

Saurabh Chaudhary claimed the gold with 239.8 points in the eight-man finals. (File Pic) © AFP

India’s teenage shooting sensation Saurabh Chaudhary continued his incredible run by claiming his fourth individual gold medal in as many months with a top finish in the 10m air pistol junior men’s event of the Asian Airgun Championship in Kuwait city on Thursday. The 16-year-old, son of a farmer based in Meerut, first combined with compatriots Arjun Singh Cheema and Anmol Jain to log a total of 1731 to win the team gold and fetched the individual gold with 239.8 in the eight-man individual final to finish with two gold medals. 

Saurabh won the gold medal at the Asian Games in August, besides bagging golds at the World Shooting Championships in September and the Youth Olympic Games in Argentina last month. 

Arjun (237.7) secured the silver medal after finishing second, while Chinese Taipei’s Huang Wei-Te clinched the bronze with a score of 218.0 to deny India a clean sweep. 

Anmol finished fourth with a score of 195.1. The Indian trio missed the World and Asian Junior record by a mere point. 

Earlier, the Indians dominated the qualifying stages with Arjun topping the standings with a score of 578 after 60 shots. Anmol was second with 577 while Saurabh was placed third with a score of 576 and all three made it to the eight-man final. 

This takes India’s tally in the ongoing event to 10 medals, including three gold, five silver and two bronze medals. Manu Bhaker and Abhidnya Patil are also slated to feature in the junior women’s 10m air pistol final later in the day. 

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SIAM and JARA Partners To Organize 11th Asian Automotive Environmental Forum In India

The key focus of the conference was to layout a policy roadmap to scrap End-Of-Life (Old) vehicles.

Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) in association with Japan Automotive Recyclers Alliance (JARA) organised the 11th Asian Automotive Environmental Forum (AAEF) in India to discuss the pathway for setting up scrappage infrastructure for handling End-Of-Life (old) vehicles in India. The AAEF was organised in India for the first time in New Delhi and was titled ‘Automotive Recycling In India: Pathway To The Future- Towards Sustainable Society.’ The conference has seen over 150 delegates from Japan, USA, China, India among countries.

The key focus of the participants who attended the conference was to reduce dependency on single technology and focus on varied forms of automotive recycling which are used globally to take on growing need for recycling vehicles that are more than 15 years old and are plying in India. The speakers also urged the government to lay out a policy roadmap to ensure that issues related to vehicle recycling in India are addressed. Stressing on evolving environmental feasibility, social acceptability and economic viability aspects, N S Mohan Ram, Advisor, TVS Motors & Chairman, SIAM Recycling Group said, “We are the fastest growing economy in the world and have a huge consumer base and demand for mobility, both for personal and public use. However, due to lack of ELV recycling procedures and infrastructure, makes it a big mismatch, as we are one of the world biggest manufacturers of vehicles.”

Sujeet Samaddar, Senior Consultant, Niti Aayog talked about the ground situation on recycling vehicles which is not good in India and needs immediate redressal. He advocated that the focus on automotive recycling industry needs to grow at the same speed as the Indian Automobile Industry. “Automobile Recycling will not only ensure a strong economic growth, but also create a large social impact and offer immense opportunity for rationally putting in effective interventions for recycling End-of-Life (old) Vehicle in India,” said Samaddar.

Rashmi Urdhwareshe, Director, ARAI spoke about Indian Government’s vehicle scrappage policy, which is expected soon and will have fleet modernization schemes and aim at encouraging voluntary scraping of old vehicles. “The government initiatives and the upcoming policy on scrapping of vehicles will enhance the scope of ELV regulations, fleet modernization, vehicles nearing their end life, dismantling centres are located and controlled in structured manner,”


India is still on the verge of formulating a scrappage policy which initially will be limited to 20 years old commercial vehicles only. These will get an incentive of 15 per cent of their purchase cost. The proposal was presented to the GST council in May 2018 and is due for approval. The proposed policy aims at taking 20 years and older multi axle vehicles off the road in a bid to tackle pollution. The policy is likely to be implemented simultaneously with the BSVI norms in April 2020.

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Once India’s Pride At Asian Games, Boxer Sells Kulfi On Haryana Streets

Dinesh Kumar hopes to pay off his family’s debts by selling ice cream, unlikely as that may seem.


An Asian Games silver medallist and recipient of the Arjuna Award in 2010, these days 30-year-old Dinesh Kumar sells ice-cream on the streets of Haryana’s Bhiwani to the very people who once cheered for him on national television.

A video posted by news agency ANI shows the former sportsperson pushing a cart titled “Dinesh Kulfi” even as auto rickshaws and people on bicycles pass Mr Kumar nonchalantly, little knowing that they are sharing the frame with a man who could have well become the country’s next boxing star. But that was before his car collided with a truck near Samana in 2014, nipping his dreams at the bud.

Today, Mr Kumar seems nothing like the sportsperson who once won 17 gold, one silver and five bronze medals in various competitions across the country and abroad. “Dinesh won many laurels for India at competitions across the world, and our father took loan after loan to send him to England and other countries. He is lakhs in debt now, and that’s why we are in this terrible state. There’s no help coming from the government, and nobody even wants to know how we are doing. Things would have been very different if this had happened to someone else,” said his elder brother.

The former boxer told ANI that he was trying to settle his family’s debts by selling kulfis, a prospect that seems unlikely at best. “Right now, I have no hope that the government will provide me with monetary aid or employment. None of the political parties that have been in power since my accident have found me worth helping. I want to let the government know that I am wasting away here even though I am still a good sportsperson. I want to help my family pay off the debts they accumulated trying to further my career and then get back into the boxing ring,” he added.

Mr Kumar said he has not lost touch with the sport, and is currently engaged in coaching children to box. “Many of the children I mentored have reached the international arena,” he said, adding that he does not charge any fee from his pupils.

The former sportsperson’s coach, Vishnu Bhagwan, also urged the government to come to his aid. “Dinesh was very agile as a boxer. He won many medals in the junior category, but is now forced to sell kulfis on the streets because of a tragic accident. But he can still have a future, provided they help him,” he told ANI.

(With inputs from ANI)

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Final Of Asian Champions Trophy Called Off Due To Heavy Rain; India, Pakistan Share Title

India, Pakistan Share Title As Asian Champions Trophy Called Off Due To Heavy Rain

IOndia and Pakistan were declared joint winners of Asian Hockey Champions Trophy 2018. © Hockey India

Arch-rivals India and Pakistan were on Sunday declared joint winners of the fifth Asian Champions Trophy (ACT) hockey tournament after the much-anticipated summit clash was called off due to heavy downpour here. Heavy rain since evening delayed the start of the final and even though the skies relented later, but by then the damage had already been done. The turf was completely waterlogged because of the heavy showers and after discussion with both the coaches of India and Pakistan, the tournament director decided to call off the match and declare both the teams as joint winners.

India, thus, remained unbeaten in the tournament having topped the round robin stages with 13 points, courtesy four wins and a draw out of their five games.

Pakistan ended the round robin stages on the second spot with 10 points. India had earlier defeated Pakistan 3-1 in the round robin stage.

It was both India and Pakistan’s last international outing before the season-ending FIH men’s World Cup to be held in Bhubaneswar from November 28 to December 16.

India and Pakistan had won the title twice each before the current edition. India came into the tournament this year as defending champions having won the last edition in 2016 after their title triumph in the inaugural edition in 2011.

Pakistan won the title twice in 2012 and 2013 besides finishing runners-up in 2011 and 2016. India too have finished runners-up once in 2012.

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Khalin Joshi Wins Panasonic Open India For Maiden Asian Tour Title

An aggressive Khalin Joshi continued India’s domination at the USD 400,000 Panasonic Open India, securing a one-stroke win for his maiden Asian Tour title at the prestigious Delhi Golf Club here Sunday. The overnight joint leader fired six birdies in the last 10 holes after a bogey-bogey start to card a four-under 68 on the final day to win the title with a four day aggregate of 17-under 271. Joshi became the seventh Indian to win the Panasonic Open India in the last eight editions. With his feat, the 26-year-old from Bangalore joined past champions Shiv Kapur (2017), Mukesh Kumar (2016), Chiragh Kumar (2015), SSP Chowrasia (2014), Digvijay Singh (2012) and Anirban Lahiri (2011).

“I have no words. Huge monkey off my back. I think I played really well…Kept my nerves and played really solid coming in. Last few holes were key for me. I am really relieved and happy to win,” Joshi said after bagging a winner’s cheque of USD 72,000.

“I don’t know if it was nerves but just poor decision making I guess, starting off with two bogeys. But I still knew that there was a lot of golf to be played. I was playing well and it was just a matter of time.”

Joshi said the birdie at the eighth hole was the turning point for him.

“You know the birdie I made on 8th gave me a lot of confidence that I am not very far away and I got to keep sticking to my game plan, I got to keep playing aggressive. You know like that’s all I did. Then again I hit the driver on 18th and I played very aggressive and that’s what payed off,” he said.

He said his aggressive approach was the key. “I played very aggressive. This year I played very different from the previous years. I have seen many of the past champions going for it in 2 on the par 5’s but I have been hitting 3 irons in the past.

You know it was just believing in myself and playing aggressive golf. That was key for me this week.”

Bangladesh’s Siddikur Rahman (69), who too entered the final day as a joint leader, stayed in contention till the final hole before finishing second after parring the 18th, as Joshi picked up a birdie.

Ajeetesh Sandhu produced a second successive two-under 70 to share the third spot with Thailand’s Suradit Yongcharoenchai (69).

Among other Indians, Aman Raj (69) and young Kshitij Naveed Kaul (68) finished fifth and tied sixth with totals of 275 and 276.

M Dharma and Mukesh signed off with a creditable tied 10th finish after carding 71 and 68 on the final day.

The duo totalled 10-under 278. Siddikur, too, was satisfied with his result.

“I played better than I did yesterday actually. Khalin played really well coming down the stretch but I thought I did well too. Overall, it wasn’t bad. I am very happy with my result and I am proud of myself that I am able to put up a good fight for the title,” he said.

“I just played my game and enjoy the moment out there. I felt a little bit of pressure at the beginning but I didn’t let that get into me. I really enjoyed every single moment this week. It’s my best result after a long time.

“I have been trying to get the win to get my card for next year. It’s been on the back of my mind. Although I didn’t win, I put in a better position to finish inside top-60 on the Habitat for Humanity Standings now.”

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Honda Felicitates Deepa Malik For Her Achievements At Asian Para Games 2018

Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India has supported Deepa Malik during the Asian Para Games by sponsoring her essential expenses at the event.

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Deepa Malik with Harbhajan Singh, Director, General and Corporate Affairs, HMSI

Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India (HMSI) Private Limited has felicitated Padma Shri Award winner and the first India woman ever to win at the Paralympic Games, Deepa Malik for her achievements at the Asian Para Games 2018 held in Jakarta. Malik has won medals for three consecutive years in the Asian Para Games. Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India has supported Deepa Malik during the Asian Para Games by sponsoring her essential expenses like training material, including new wheel chair, physiotherapist and nutritionist fees and coaching, which helped her in clinching medals at the event.

Being a Paralympic athlete comes with a lot of challenges and I thank Honda for supporting me in my journey to make India proud on international level. It has been a soul satisfying journey for me at the event and coming home with two medals. Personally too, Honda has been a part of my life. My specially modified Navi has given wings to fly making me feel more empowered. I now look forward to winning more laurels for India with Honda’s support and spreading awareness on disability sensitisation in our country,” said Deepa Malik.

Malik was felicitated at a special honorary event in the presence of Harbhajan Singh, Director, General & Corporate Affairs at Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India, and founders of the NGO “Wheeling Happiness”.

On the occasion, Harbhajan Singh, said, “As a responsible corporate citizen, Honda has extended its support to various fields. This time, Honda went a step ahead to support the nation’s pride Deepa Malik who is a source of inspiration to all Indians, especially for women. Deepa with her challenging spirit, proves that physical disability cannot impair one’s determination. Honda feels proud to support India’s idol in her flight for glory. Honda believes in uplifting and cultivating young talent to develop more champions who would go on to make India proud.”


Deepa Malik is the first Indian woman who won the silver medal in the shot put event at the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games and was honoured with the Arjuna Award in 2012. She was also conferred the prestigious Padma Shri award in 2017. She has won 58 national and 18 International medals across all disciplines till date and is also a motivational speaker.

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Malaysia Hold India At Asian Champions Trophy

Defending champions India were held to a goalless draw by Malaysia in a fast-paced round robin encounter of the Hero Asian Champions Trophy 2018 here. Both India and Asian Games silver medallists Malaysia now have 10 points each from four outings in the preliminary round-robin league, with India topping the standings on basis of a superior goal difference. The Indian team got off to a nervy start at the Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex here on Tuesday night and they wasted several scoring opportunities early in the match. They had a spate of chances early in the contest, only for Hardik Singh to fritter away a scoring opportunity, Harmanpreet Singh’s penalty corner flick being blocked by the Malaysian goalkeeper and Mandeep Singh failing to get a touch on long diagonal balls twice in the first quarter.

Malaysia created one opening on a counter-attack, but mostly fell back to defend their goal against the Indian strikers.

In the second half the Indian strikers were not allowed space to enter the circle until the closing stages, when they forced two penalty corners but could not produce a goal-bearing shot.

This was a period when Malaysia were down to 10 players as Tengku Tajuddin was shown the yellow card for a deliberate foul on Indian captain Manpreet Singh.

Nilakanta Sharma missed the target by inches in one of the combined Indian raids.

Indian Chief Coach Harendra Singh rued the missed chances after the match.

“I am not happy. We cannot miss chances like this in international hockey,” said Harendra.

Malaysia coach Roelant Oltmans said his team faced a tough time when they were down to 10 players due to Tajuddin’s yellow card.

“We came under some pressure in the last phase after the yellow card. Otherwise, the game was more of less what we expected,” Oltmans said.

India will play their fifth round robin match against South Korea on Thursday.

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India vs Pakistan Asian Champions Trophy 2018 Men’s Hockey Match Highlights: India Beat Pakistan 3-1

Mandeep Singh’s cheeky goal in the 33rd minute of the game doubled India’s lead in the game. The Indian side started to look more confident as they made repeated attacks in search of a third. Mandeep was creating a problem for Pakistan with his cheeky and threatening runs down the middle but Pakistan did well to hold him off. Pakistan got a penalty corner in the third quarter but failed to capitalise as the India defence stood tall. Young Dilpreet Singh found his fourth goal of the tournament to not only extend India’s lead but also ensure a win. Captain Manpreet was adjudged as the man of the match. India next play Japan on October 21.

Asian Champions Trophy 2018, India vs Pakistan Men’s Hockey Match highlights straight from Muscat, Oman

00:15 IST: And it is over! India beat Pakistan 3-1 to register their second win of the tournament.

00:00 IST: It seems India are inching closer to their second win of the tournament. Less than four minutes of play left in the game.

23:55 IST: 10 minutes of left play in the match. Can India hold on to their lead or will Pakistan claw their way back in the game.

23:48 IST: INDIA 3-1 PAKISTAN at the end of the 3rd quarter.

23:47 IST: Pakistan penetrate the Indian defence in the dying minutes of the third quarter but an agile Indian defence keeps the ball at bay.

23:44 IST: GOAL!! Dilpreet Singh gives India a 2-goal lead against Pakistan in the 42nd minute of the game.

23:42 IST: Pakistan get a penalty corner and they fail to capitalise. India still hold the lead. Manpreet Singh makes a brilliant pass on the counter but Mandeep Singh fails to control the ball.

23:41 IST: Five minutes of play left in the third quarter. India 2-1 Pakistan.

23:40 IST: India are trying hard to take a 2-goal lead but the Pakistan defence is standing tall and strong. Mandeep Singh, on the other hand, is making threatening runs down the middle.

23:32 IST: GOAL! Mandeep Singh gives India a 2-1 lead against Pakistan. A brilliant display of skills from the Indian. Akashdeep makes a run down the left flank and finds Mandeep in the middle. Mandeep turns and plays a cheeky shot to find the back of the Pakistan goal.

23:30 IST: The third quarter of the match begins.

23:19 IST: Pakistan fail to convert the penalty corner as the second quarter comes to a close. Pakistan 1-1 India at end of the first half.

23:18 IST: Penalty corner for Pakistan!

23:15 IST: Pakistan defenders have their eyes on India captain Manpreet Singh, who is trying to enter the Pakistan 23-metre area from the centre-field. Pakistan 1-1 India.

23:10 IST: GOAL! Manpreet Singh equalises for India in the second quarter. The ball was flicked towards the left of the Pakistan goalkeeper, straight into the goal. Pakistan 1-1 India.

23:08 IST: India look to make inroads but nothing clicks yet.

23:04 IST: Pakistan Attack! Mohammad Zubair almost hit the ball into the goal as the Indian defence looks lost.

23:02 IST: The second quarter gets underway.

22:59 IST: India try to equalise in the dying minutes of the first quarters. Pakistan still hold the edge.

22:56 IST: India are trying to enter the Pakistan 23-metre area, but the Pak defence is too good. 

22:51 IST: India survive a scare! Mohammad Rizwan Sr almost scored the second Pakistan goal!

22:50 IST:  But India maintain the possession of the ball. Without much of a counter-attack from Pakistan.

22:49 IST: Another penalty corner for India!

22:48 IST: The first quarter has been exciting. As India get a penalty corner.

22:45 IST: It is a difficult start for India. First shot at the goal by Akashdeep Singh goes wide!

22:43 IST: And Pakistan score! Mohd Irfan Jr dives in to push the ball into the goal. India goalie PR Sreejesh looked helpless!

22:42 IST: PENALTY CORNER! And India lose their referral. Will Pakistan capitalise?

22:41 IST: The match gets underway as Pakistan try to attack right from the word go. 

22:40 IST: India play a 4-3-3 formation against Pakistan!

22:27 IST: India’s playing XI is here. Take a look at the XI led by Manpreet Singh

22:03 IST: In their last 2018 Asian Champions Trophy encounter, India beat Oman 11-0. The confidence of the Indian team is high. While Pakistan beat South Korea 3-1.

22:00 IST: Welcome to the live, detailed coverage of the India-Pakistan encounter.

Pakistan, on the other hand, will play their first match of the tournament against South Korea on Friday. Currently ranked 13, Muhammad Rizwan and his team will be looking forward to a winning start ahead of the crucial encounter against India. The two countries last played each other in the 2018 Asian Games bronze medal match, where India beat Pakistan 2-1. Apart from India and Pakistan, the other teams featuring in the tournament are Asian Games gold medallists Japan, Malaysia, South Korea and hosts Oman.

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India Top Contenders For Asian Champions Trophy Title: Japan Chief Coach

“India are undoubtedly the contenders for winning the tournament. They have the skills, tactical awareness and fitness but they are vulnerable under pressure and that’s the area which we need to capitalize if we want success against them,” Aikman said in a statement.

The Japanese coach also revealed his team’s strategic approach to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics where they will be gunning for a podium finish.

“We wanted to enter the 2020 Olympic Games not as host nation but as continental champions. We had to win big in order to gain that self-confidence that we too can beat big teams and that we are not afraid of teams like Korea, Pakistan, Malaysia or India anymore,” he said.

At the forthcoming Asian Champions Trophy, Japan will have the platform to reinstate this self-belief and reassert their supremacy in Asia when they take on World No. 5 India, Pakistan, Malaysia, Korea, Oman and prove to the world that the Asian Games Gold Medal was not a one-off incident.

“Of course we will be playing to win every single match but at the same time we will also be testing quite a few young players who are below the age of 20, in order to select a core group that will give us enough options and also create more competition within the team ahead of the 2020 Olympic Games,” stated Aikman, who is a master at accurately studying the opponents’ weaknesses and successfully using it to Japan’s advantage.

It is what they did in the final of the Asian Games where they were 0-4 at half time against Malaysia but made a sensational comeback to draw 6-6 in regulation time and go into a shootout.

“It was in fact against India that we had planned thoroughly to play against in the final of Asian Games. After we drew in our final Pool match, we knew we wouldn’t face India in the semi-final but were expecting to meet them in the final and had strategically prepared for it,” he said.

“We had strategised differently against them in the pool stage and would have used a different strategy had we played them in the final. However, because of their loss against Malaysia, we will never know how we would have done against them in a final.

“I think for our team, it was also critical to have won a few matches against Pakistan in the lead up to the Asian Games that helped boost our confidence,” he added.

Interestingly, Japan will begin their campaign in the Asian Champions Trophy against Malaysia on the opening day, while India play hosts Oman in the second match of the day.

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