India won the gold medal by defeating Iran 33-29 in the final of the Asian Games Men’s Kabaddi event. With this, the Indian team also settled the account of its defeat at the hands of Iran in the final of the 2018 Asian Games.
However, the real story of this match is not that India won. The story is that 1 minute 51 seconds before the end of the match, there was a dispute between the two teams over points. The players pushed and shoved. There was a protest against the referee. Overall the game remained halted for 1 hour. After the match started again, India won and won the gold.
We understand that the dispute happened, now let us understand why the dispute happened-
what is the whole matter
A match of Men’s Kabaddi lasts for 45 minutes. The team that scores more points in the entire duration wins the match. Everything was fine till 43 minutes and 9 seconds in the India-Iran final. Both the teams were tied at 28-28 points. The competition was close and there was a tough fight for every point.
Then Pawan Sehrawat from India’s side goes to Iran’s camp to raid. He is unable to touch (out) any Iranian player and walks out of the mat. However, in an attempt to put pressure on Pawan, some Iranian players also leave the mat. The referee gave 1-1 point to both the teams and the controversy started from here.
Indian women’s Kabaddi team player Pushpa Rana, sitting in the audience, shouted that four Iranian players had come off the mat. Therefore India should get four points. After this the replay was seen. In this Pushpa’s words were proved right. The referee then changed his decision and gave 4 points to India.
Iranian players did not agree with this. An argument started between the players of both the teams. The situation reached the point of scuffle. Iranian players started protesting against the referee. After this the match was suspended. Due to the dispute, the match was suspended for about an hour. After watching all the replays, the referee and the technical team of the event decided to give 3 points to India and 1 point to Iran. India went ahead 31-29. After this, India gained 2 more points in the remaining time and won the gold.
Iran defeated India in the 2018 final
Kabaddi has been included in the Asian Games since 1990. Since then there has been a tough competition between India and Iran. However, before 2018, India had won gold every time. In 2018, Iran turned the tables and won gold by defeating India.
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