Kathmandu, June 28: The Indian men’s and women’s throwball teams scripted history after clinching gold medal each in the World Games on Tuesday in the World Games, held in Kathmandu, Nepal. The men’s team registered a commanding win over Bangladesh by 15-13, 15-12 in the summit clash while women’s team defeated arch-rival Pakistan by 15-13, 15 -12 to win the title.
However, this was the first time when Indian teams participated in these Games and bagged a maiden gold medal in both the categories. The General Secretary of the Throwball Federation of India, Naresh Mann congratulated both the teams. "These players had worked hard to win a medal in the World Games. I hope the players will continue to illuminate the name of India," he added.
Earlier, the Indian men’s team defeated Malaysia in the semi-final stage by a score of 15-9 15-10. The women’s team also faced the same opponent in the last four stage, overhauling them 15-10 15-11 to enter into the finals.
The World Games, organized by the International Sports Council (Canada), saw participation from 11 countries, competing in 42 different categories. Interestingly, the game of throwball originated in India when it was played as a women’s sport in Chennai for the first time during the 1940s.