Bangladesh's hopes of winning medals in kabaddi event in the upcoming 17th Asian Games have been put on a rough road as both men's and women's teams have been placed in strong groups in the draw ceremony held in Incheon, South Korea yesterday.
Bangladesh men's team were pitted in Group A along with India, Pakistan and Thailand while the women's team were also placed in Group A along with India and hosts South Korea.
Before winning gold and silver medals in men's and women's cricket in the previous edition in 2010, Bangladesh earned three silver and two bronze medals in kabaddi by the men's team, who however failed to produce any medal in the Guangzhou Games while two bronze medals came from women's kabaddi and boxing respectively.
The hopes of the men's team winning a medal have almost evaporated yesterday, well before the start of the competition itself, after they were placed along with the likes of India and Pakistan. Bangladesh have never beaten India in the Games while they failed to overcome Pakistan since 2002. Bangladesh were also eliminated from the semifinals of the 2010 SAFF Games in Dhaka after losing to Pakistan.
In women's kabaddi, holders India are tipped to retain their gold while it will be tough for the Bangladeshis to beat hosts South Korea to qualify for the last four though Bangladesh won bronze in the last edition after beating South Korea in the group stage match before being beaten by India in the semfinals.