India win 5th Women’s South Asian Handball Championship
The Handball Federation of India, in collaboration with the South Asian Handball Federation, recently organised the 5th Women’s South Asian Handball Championship.
The championship was held in the northern Indian city of Lucknow and finished yesterday with the home nation taking the title in impressive fashion after they won all four of their games in the round-robin tournament.
India defeated Nepal (20:5), Bhutan (17:4), Bangladesh (27:11) and Afghanistan (24:9) at the K D Singh Babu stadium to make it a clean sweep of five Women’s South Asian Handball Championships in a row after the competition started back in 1996 in Jaipur, India, and subsequent editions took place across the region in 2000, 2008 and 2013.
This year, behind India, Nepal finished as runners-up in silver, with Bangladesh taking third place and a bronze medal.
Despite India’s dominance as a team, there were great individual performances from a number of players across the five nations competing with Shumi particularly impressing with her goalscoring prowess for Bangladesh along with Nepal’s Vandana Rai, who scored 13 in one game – their 26:17 win against Bangladesh.
Debut Indian ‘Women’s Power Cup’ success
The first edition of the Handball Federation of India’s (HFI) ‘Women’s Power Cup’ took place over the weekend of 12-14 January at the Karnail Singh Stadium in New Delhi, India with aim of continuing to popularise the game across the Asian nation.
Six teams, featuring squads of 11 each, were divided into two groups, playing each other in a round-robin/league format before the semi-finals and final with cash prizes for the winning team in the competition which was supported by Kan Sports World. Teams came from across India and included the UP Challengers (Uttar Pradesh), Himachal Snatchers (Pradesh), J&K Snow Eagles (Jammu and Kashmir), Delhi Fighters, Punjab Pacers and Haryana Panthers.
The final saw UP Challengers beat Haryana Panthers 19:17 after they had overcome Himachal Snatchers in their semi-final clash. The Challengers had also opened the competition with a match-up against Punjab Pacers.
"I felt really good to become the first and only player from across Maharashtra to play in the first handball league,” said top-scorer for UP Challengers Poonam Kadav to local media after the tournament.
“Playing with and against the seniors and scoring goals will help me become more mature as a player and give me more confidence for future tournaments. Leagues like these help us gain confidence and I look forward to more tournaments which the organisers have promised to conduct on a regular basis.
“They have also said that this was on an experimental basis and they are planning to conduct a bigger and better league in future,” concluded Kadav, who recently represented India in the U25 Asian Handball Championship.
Along with many other distinguished guests, HFI Secretary General Anandeshwar Pandey was present throughout the competition and helped to hand out the prestigious trophy and awards at the competitions’ conclusion.
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