JAKARTA: India's men suffered their first ever kabaddi defeat at the Asian Games when they slumped 24-23 to South Korea in a group match on Monday.
The seven-time champions beat both Bangladesh and Sri Lanka on Sunday to stamp their authority but they met their match in South Korea, ending a run of 32 straight wins.
India have only lost once before in the home-grown, breath-holding sport, after they went down to the same opponents at the 2016 World Cup.
"What a massive upset. South Korea beats India in men's Kabaddi @asiangames2018 24-23. Indians looked a bit complacent," former India hockey captain Viren Rasquinha said on Twitter.
Kabaddi, an ancient sport rooted in Indian mythology, made its Asian Games debut in Beijing in 1990.