Published on : 9 October 2023, 7:21 pm
Pune : Punekar athletes played a significant role in India’s historic success in the Asian Games this time. Six Punekars won five medals in sports like cricket, kabaddi, tennis, skating and chess. This includes four gold and one bronze medal.
The tournament was held in Hangzhou, China. India crossed the 100 medal mark for the first time in its history. In this, the performance of Pune people became proud. The gold medal winning women’s kabaddi team included Snehal Shinde. Both the men’s and women’s teams achieved golden success in cricket. It was contributed by Rituraj Gaikwad and Devika Vaidya. Interestingly, Rituraj was the captain of the team.
In tennis, Rituja Bhosle won gold in mixed doubles along with veteran competitor Rohan Bopanna. India won a medal in roller skating for the first time. Vikram Ingle and Siddhant Kamble were part of the bronze medal winning team in the 3000m relay race.
Along with the players, the coaches also have their share
Indian women’s chess team won the silver medal. Pune Grandmaster Abhijit Kunte coached the team. In the final match, India lost against China in a tight fight. But this is the first medal for the women’s chess team in the history of the Asian Games. Therefore, it has special importance,’ Kunte expressed his reaction. This is the first medal for the women’s chess team in the history of the Asian Games. Therefore, it has special importance’, Kunte expressed his reaction.
I am very happy to be part of the first roller skating medal. Our team of three players consisted of me along with Vikram Ingle from Pune and Anand Kumar from Tamil Nadu. Our good coordination and hard work earned this medal.
— Siddhant Kamble, skater
To qualify for the Asian Games, tennis players need to maintain a good ranking position. Due to its consistency, I was able to qualify. In addition, Rohan, who is experienced in mixed doubles, chose me as his partner, and the responsibility increased. It is a pleasure to win the gold medal for the country by coordinating well with him. This achievement while representing the Indian team is special.
— Rituja Bhosale, tennis player