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Iran can give good fight to India in Asiad kabaddi: Rishank

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

Star raider Rishank Devadiga expects to give reigning champions a run for their money in the men's competition at the upcoming Asian Games.

According to him, even teams like Bangladesh,Sri Lanka snd will not be pushovers in a sport largely dominated by

"In the Asian Games, all teams come well prepared. You cant the teams on the basis of their performance in the Masters, because had sent their junior players, but the main team will represent them in the Asian Games," Devadiga told here today.

"The teams from and are good. Even the South Korean team is good. These teams can give us good competition in the

"They will come to the Games after doing their analysis. I cannot say, but team can give a good competition to India," he remarked.

The star was speaking after the #RaidForGold, an initiative by Mashal Pvt Ltd, was launched to support the Indian team at the to be hosted by from August 18 to September 2.

Prodded further on why Iran could pose a tough challenge, Devadiga said, "Iran have brought up a lot of changes to their game in the past years. Indian players are skillful and technically (sound).

"They (Iran) have presently adapted to this technique and made changes (in style of play). Their players also play in the This time their team will be good and will be a good competition for and even we are ready for it."

India clinched the title in the recently held Kabaddi Masters 2018 tournamentby defeating Iran in the final.

India are aiming for their consecutive 8th gold at the continental Games and, according to Devadiga, the team will go to the event aiming to wrap up yet another gold medal and establish their superiority once again.

"In our minds, the thing is to play well and win matches. We are going to the and we should go with the thinking that we will bag the gold (medal).

"So the Indian team has gone with this very mindset and in future also we will play likewise," the 26-year-old attacker added.

He said the tournament in showed the players were in good form and that will help the team in the Asian Games.

"The preparation is going good because we had the fitness camp twice. We went to Dubai for the Dubai Masters (tournament) and all players are fit and in form.

"This is an advantage for us. May be our camp for the Asian Games will start next week and the focus will be on these upcoming Games," he signed off.

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First Published: Mon, July 09 2018. 16:40 IST