The Indian Olympic Affiliation on Saturday introduced a 322-strong contingent together with 215 athletes and 107 officers and help employees for the upcoming Birmingham Commonwealth Video games. The Video games are scheduled to be held in British metropolis from July 28 to August 8, and the India contingent will look to enhance upon its Gold Coast 2018 CWG efficiency, the place it completed third behind conventional powerhouses Australia and England.
Sharing his ideas, IOA secretary basic Rajeev Mehta mentioned, “We’re sending one in every of our strongest squads ever to the CWG and even with a energy sport for us like capturing not being there, we’re assured of bettering our efficiency from the final version.
“Make no mistake, the competitors can be world class and fierce however our athletes have ready properly and are match and raring to go. We want all of them the easiest.” The Video games-bound Indian athletes and officers can be staying at 5 totally different “Villages” with the ladies’s cricket group being put up in a separate facility within the Birmingham metropolis centre.
In a press launch issued by the IOA, the apex sports activities physique’s high office-bearer thanked the federal government for its help to the athletes and federations.
Mehta mentioned, “It must be mentioned that the Authorities of India led by the Hon. Prime Minister have offered unprecedented help to Olympic sports activities in recent times and our greatest ever efficiency on the Olympic Video games stand testimony to that.
“We stay ever grateful for a similar and are positive our athletes will make sure that wealthy rewards are reaped for the untiring efforts put in by them, most of all of the Union Sports activities Ministry and the Sports activities Authority of India.” Some outstanding names within the squad embrace Olympic medallists Neeraj Chopra, PV Sindhu, Mirabai Chanu, Lovlina Borgohain, Bajrang Punia and Ravi Kumar Dahiya.
Defending CWG champions Manika Batra, Vinesh Phogat in addition to 2018 Asian Video games gold medallists Tajinderpal Singh Toor, Hima Das and Amit Panghal are additionally a part of the contingent.
Rajesh Bhandari, vp of Boxing Federation of India (BFI), is the Chef de Mission of the squad.
Staff India will compete in 15 sporting disciplines in addition to 4 disciplines within the para sports activities class.
A few of the disciplines the place India look to carry out properly embrace historically robust sports activities like boxing, badminton, hockey, weightlifting, ladies’s cricket (making its debut on the CWG) and wrestling.
The Indian squads in athletics, biking, swimming and desk tennis are additionally robust and primed up for the problem.
Numerous members of the squad have already reached Birmingham over the previous few days, relying on their coaching regimes laid out by their respective coaches.
Some members are competing at varied world tournaments and would attain the venue immediately whereas the remainder of the contingent will depart from New Delhi.
The CWG village will formally open its doorways to contingents on July 23.
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