Asian Games: Hong Kong crash to heaviest hockey defeat in history in 26-0 loss to India
The previous record defeat was 22-0 when India’s women beat Hong Kong in 1982
There have been a few disappointments for Team Hong Kong at the Asian Games in Indonesia, and things got worse on Wednesday when they picked up an unwanted accolade after crashing to the heaviest defeat in men’s hockey history.
Hong Kong’s men went down 26-0 to hockey heavyweights India, taking the unwanted record from USA, who were beaten 24-1 by India 86 years ago.
The previous heaviest defeat at the Asian Games was also an Indian dismantling of Hong Kong, when the women’s team were defeated 22-0 by India in 1982.
The previous biggest defeat in men’s Asian Games hockey was when India beat Indonesia 17-0 earlier this week, equalling the 17-0 Pakistan beat Bangladesh by in 1978.
The pummelling is Hong Kong’s second of the competition to add to their opening 11-0 loss to South Korea.
Hong Kong, ranked 45th in the world, now sit rock bottom of pool A in danger of being cut adrift of the other teams in the group.
Hong Kong’s best performance at the Asian Games was in 1978 in Bangkok, Thailand when they finished fifth. They did not take part in the 2014 Incheon Games but finished eighth, eighth, ninth and ninth from 1998 to 2010.
One bright point: they still need to play unranked hosts Indonesia, who are still licking their wounds from their own beating from India.