Indian men and women volleyball teams have advanced to the semifinals of 13th South Asian Games. In the last group ‘A’ match, Indian men’s team defeated host Nepal in straight sets by 25-15, 25-13 and 25-16 in Kathmandu last evening. India remained at the top in Group ‘A’ by winning both the league matches. India had defeated Bangladesh on Thursday. The Indian team will now take on runners up of Group ‘B’ in the first semifinal on Sunday.
Earlier in the day, Indian Women’s team defeated Bangladesh in the last match of Group ‘A’ by 25-8, 25-11 and 25-9. Indian women dominated their Bangladeshi opponents throughout the game. Indian women’s team also secured first place in its group. India will clash with Maldives and host Nepal will play against Sri Lanka in the semifinals today.
Though formal opening ceremony of Games is scheduled to take place on Sunday, volleyball matches have already started. Over 2,700 athletes will compete for 1,119 medals including 319 Golds in 26 game categories. As many as 499 athletes from India are participating in the biggest sporting event of South Asia. The closing ceremony will be held on 10th December.