KOLKATA: Inclusion of the Bridge squad into the Indian contingent has proved hugely beneficial to country's gold haul in the18th Asian Games at Jakarta as Pranab Bardhan and Shibhnath Sarkar clinching the top honours in the men's pair event on Saturday.
"The clinching of a Gold medal and two Bronze in the debut sporting event at the Asian games by India will have a huge impact in the country," coach cum non-playing captain Debashish Roy told UNI on phone.
A former international bridge player Roy, who represented India in the World Championship, returned from Jakarta said their Bridge squad got approval from IOA into the Indian contingent barely two days before the departure.
India sent a 30-member Bridge squad - 24 players and six officials- fetched a gold medal and two bronze medals.
India won bronze in Men's team and mixed team - six players each - in the debut sporting event at Jakarta.
Earlier on Saturday 60-year-old Pranab Bardhan and Shibhnath Sarkar (56) finished at the top after scoring 384 points in the finals.
They beat Chinese pair of Lixin Yang and Gang Chen (378 points) and the Indonesian combination of Henky Lasut and Freddy Eddy Manoppo bagged the bronze scoring 374 here.
Another Indian pair of Sumit Mukherjee and Debabrata Majumder finished at the ninth place with a score of 333.
Dey said the gold medal will surely lure many young people to come into the sport, which has not much patronage in India due to poor publicity.
He said while many young men of late started playing bridge, but the number of women in India is few and far.
Dey hoped that now the bridge would come into limelight as chess was getting after Viswanathan Anand won the world championship.