Dhaka: Regional behemoth India`s 11th South
Asian Games campaign got off to a bitter-sweet start today
with their women football team whipping Sri Lanka here but
their men`s squad went down to Afghanistan in Chittagong.
The women`s team rode on Moriangthem`s hat-trick to pound
Sri Lanka 8-1 at the Bir Shrestha Mostafa Kamal Stadium here
but their male counterparts went down 0-1 to Afghanistan at
the M A Aziz Stadium in Chittagong.
Competition was held only in football discipline today.
The match between the Indian eves and their Sri Lankan
counterparts was a lop-sided affair with Moriangthem striking
in the ninth, 56th and 59th minutes.
Among her teammates, Naoba Chaun scored back-to-back
goals in the 82nd and 83rd minutes, while Sasmita (45th),
Yumnam (51st) and Pinky Bompal (90+1) completed the rout.
Sri Lanka reduced the margin through Pushpa Ekanayaka in
the 74th minute.
Indian men`s team, however, began their campaign with a
defeat with Belal Arezou scoring the winner.
He (Major Dhyan Chand) is inspiration personified. He became synonymous with hockey. He became the parameter of hockey by which other player's calibre is measured.
Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal