Gold medal favourites, India’s men’s and women’s kabaddi teams stormed into the semifinals with dominating victories at the Asian Games here on Wednesday.

The men’s team, which has won five gold medals in the sport since its inception at the 1990 Beijing edition, eased past South Korea 37-19 to top Group A ahead of Bangladesh, South Korea and Nepal.

They next play Japan for a place in the final on Thursday. The other semifinal will be between Pakistan and Iran.

The women’s event, which is making its Asian Games debut, has given India the opportunity to add one more gold to its medals tally. They defeated South Korea 47-21 to come first in Pool B and will now play Iran in the semifinals on Thursday. The other teams in the pool are Bangladesh and Nepal.

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