Indian team strikes it rich with 27 medals at South Asian Beach Games in which over 13 countries participated
An officer from the National Defence Academy (NDA) bagged four gold medals in the South Asian Beach Games that was held in Sri Lanka recently. Equestrian Training Officer Major Krishan Yadav won the medals on horseback events leaving behind several teams from 13 other countries.
Way to go: Major Krishan Yadav (second from left) won four gold medals,
one in individual and three in team events. Pic/Krunal Gosavi
The Indian contingent bagged a total of 11 golds in events such as volley ball, beach volley ball, beach basketball and kabaddi, in which more than 13 countries participated. The Indian team also won nine silver and seven bronze medals taking the total to 27 medals. Major Yadav, who captained the Indian equestrian team, said the competition was challenging and is now looking forward to other international events.
"Tent Pegging was the most challenging sport where we defeated all the other teams. Equestrian teams from Punjab, Haryana police and the Border Security Force (BSF) were also present during the event," said Yadav.
Yadav, who is from the Army Supply Corps (ASC) of the Indian Army, said he practised for several hours everyday for two months before the competition. "Horse-borne sports require rigorous practice since it is different from controlling a machine. Tent pegging is all the more difficult since we are supposed to pick up small ground targets with a long pointed object while galloping at high speeds," he explained.
Yadav won four gold medals, one individual and three team events. More than 400 participants from countries such as Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bhutan, Nepal and Maldives participated in the event. Yadav's performance was personally lauded by NDA Commandant Lieutenant General and avid horse rider Jatinder Singh.
The sport involves a mounted horseman with a sword, lance or any other pointed object to pick-up, pierce or carry away a small ground target.