The men’s team, comprising Sharath Kamal, Amal Raj, Sumyajit Ghosh, Sanil Shetty and Soumyadeep Roy progressed after beating Finland, Nigeria, Canada with identical 3-0 margins in respective matches, while losing to Romania 1-3.
They will now take on Norway later tonight. But irrespective of the outcome of that match, India’s men have qualified to play for positions 25-32.
Similarly, the Indian women team, consisting of Poulami Ghatak, Mouma Das, K Shamini, Ankita Das and Mousmi Paul, too will play in positional matches between 25 and 32.
The women paddlers first began with a 1-3 loss against Israel, and then beat England 3-2 in a thrilling match. They, however, lost their third match against Italy 1-3 before regrouping themselves to beat Estonia 3-0 and finally Nigeria 3-0. Thus they finished second to qualify for the second stage.