Digital Desk, Mumbai. The 215-strong Indian contingent is headed to Birmingham for the 22nd Commonwealth Games to be held from July 22 to August 4. His best ever performance in the Olympics at last year’s Tokyo Games and subsequent Paralympics has fueled his appetite.
Led by Tokyo Olympic gold medalist Neeraj Chopra, wrestlers Bajrang Punia and Deepak Punia, two-time Olympic medalist shuttler PV Sindhu and world champion boxer Nikhat Zareen, the team is looking forward to a rich run of medals. Will maintain the country’s recent momentum in international sports.
Other prominent names in the Indian party of 322 include 215 athletes and 107 coaches and support staff, including Olympic medalist wrestler Ravi Kumar Dahiya, Tokyo silver medalist weightlifter Mirabai Chanu, table tennis stars Sharath Kamal, Manika Batra and G Sathiyan, wrestlers Vinesh Phogat and Olympic bronze medalist boxer Lovlina Borgohain.
India won seven medals, including one gold and two silver and four bronze at the Tokyo Olympics, while in the Paralympics, the country claimed a record high of 19 medals, including five gold. Both these performances were India’s best performances in these games in recent times and since these events in 2021, Indian players have performed well in most of the international events in which they participated.
In the Birmingham Commonwealth Games, India will compete in 15 sports disciplines as well as four para-sports disciplines. Some of the disciplines where India would like to do well include boxing, badminton, hockey, weightlifting, women’s cricket (making its debut in the CWG) and traditionally strong events such as wrestling. The team would like to improve on its 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games performance, where it finished third behind traditional powerhouses in Australia and England.
India has won 66 medals including 26 gold and 20 silver and bronze in the Gold Coast. His all-time best performance at the Commonwealth Games came in the 2010 edition of the Games held in Delhi, when India won 101 medals, including 38 gold and 27 silver. Overall, India has won 181 gold, 173 silver and 148 bronze medals for a total of 502 medals.
Although the goal is to improve or match Gold Coast’s performance and finish third in the final medal tally, this could prove difficult in the absence of shooting events in Birmingham. Shooting has contributed 63 gold, 44 silver and 28 bronze medals to India’s total medal count at the Games since 1982, when India began participating in that sport at the Commonwealth Games. At the 2018 Games in Gold Coast, shooters captured 16 of the 66 medals won by India, including seven of the 26 gold medals.
With India improving its performance in other sports and the entry of some para-sports disciplines such as athletics, table tennis and powerlifting, the country has seen Tokyo Paralympic silver medalists Bhavna Patel and other para-athletes such as Devendra Kumar, powerlifters Sakina Khatoon and Manpreet Kaur. Hoping for a medal.
With women’s T20 cricket set to make its Commonwealth Games debut, India will also be hoping for a medal from the Harmanpreet Kaur-led team, although with world champions England, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa fielding the competition, will be very difficult.
Overall, given the recent improvement in their performance, the Indian contingent will approach the Birmingham Games with high hopes. With the government providing adequate resources to sportspersons through TOPS and Mission Olympic Cell, which includes overseas training and competitions to players participating in almost all Commonwealth Games, the Indian contingent is well prepared for competitions. It is time for them to execute their plans and fulfill their promises.
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