STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

India have armoury to retain kabaddi gold in Asiad: Star player Monu Goyat

Goyat said the Indian team's victory in the Kabaddi Masters in Dubai, where they defeated Iran in the final, is a morale booster ahead of the Games.

Published: 20th July 2018 01:30 PM  |   Last Updated: 20th July 2018 01:30 PM   |  A+A-

Indian Kabaddi team (File photo | PTI)

By PTI

MUMBAI: India are not only keen, but possess the ammunition too to retain the men's kabaddi gold at next month's Asian Games, feels star player Monu Goyat.

India goes into the continental quadrennial show-piece as favourites and will be looking to clinch their eighth gold medal in the Games to be hosted by Indonesia from August 18 to September 2.

"Yes, 100 per cent. We want to continue the tradition and our aim is to bag the gold medal. We cannot think anything other than that," Goyat told PTI during an interaction.

Goyat said the Indian team has the benefit of having many raiders and their defence is also up to the mark even in the face of some strong opposition from the likes of Korea, Iran, Pakistan and Bangladesh.

"All the teams are good and will give their best. But the Korean and the Iran teams are good. Even the Pakistan and Bangladesh teams are good, these 3-4 teams can pose a competition," said Goyat, who will making his Games debut.

Incidentally, Goyat had the distinction of attracting the highest bid of Rs 1.51 crore during the last Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) auction.

He said the Indian team's victory in the Kabaddi Masters in Dubai, where they defeated Iran in the final, is a morale booster ahead of the Games.

"The preparations are good. As we won the Kabaddi Masters tournament in Dubai, it is motivating (ahead of the Games). We will work on certain things in the (preparatory) camp, which is expected to begin anytime now," he said.

Goyat also observed that the Iranians are playing like the Indians.

"Iranian players stay and practise with Indian players and their preparation is just like our players and hence are giving a competition," he explained.

He also praised "Raid For Gold", an initiative by Mashal Sports Pvt Ltd, launched to support the national team.

"I was happy when I heard about the campaign and wish people support it and also support the team," he pleaded.

Stay up to date on all the latest Sport news with The New Indian Express App. Download now

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp