IOA announces 322-member Indian contingent for Commonwealth Games

The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) on Saturday, July 16, named a 322-member strong contingent for the upcoming edition of the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. The contingent includes 215 athletes and 107 officials and support staff.

The Games are set to take place from July 28 to August 8 in the British city. Back in the 2018 CWG at Gold Coast, India finished third behind powerhouses Australia and England.

“We are sending one of our strongest squads ever to the CWG, and even with a strength sport for us like shooting not being there, we are confident of bettering our performance from the last edition.

“Make no mistake, the competition will be world-class and fierce but our athletes have prepared well and are fit and raring to go. We wish them all the very best,” IOA secretary general Rajeev Mehta was quoted as saying.

The athletes will be staying in five different “Villages” even as the women’s cricket team will put up in a separate facility in Birmingham city centre.

In a press release, the apex sports body thanked the government for its support to the federations and athletes.

“It needs to be said that the Government of India, led by the Hon. Prime Minister have provided unprecedented support to Olympic sports in recent years and our best-ever performance at the Olympic Games stand testimony to that,” Mehta stated.

“We remain ever grateful for the same and are sure our athletes will ensure that rich rewards are reaped for the untiring efforts put in by them, most of all the Union Sports Ministry and the Sports Authority of India,” he added.

Some big names in the squad include Neeraj Chopra, who won the gold medal in Tokyo, PV Sindhu, the two-time Olympic medallist, Lovlina Borgohain, Mirabai Chanu, and Bajrang Punia.

Defending CWG champions Vinesh Phogat, Manika Batra, and 2018 Asian Games gold medalists Hima Das, Tajinderpal Singh Toor, and Amit Panghal will also be taking part in the championship.

Vice president of Boxing Federation of India (BFI) Rajesh Bhandari is the Chef de Mission of the squad.

Team India will compete in 15 sporting disciplines as well as four disciplines in the para-sports category.

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