Birmingham: Double Olympic medallist PV Sindhu and Tokyo 2020 bronze medal-winning hockey captain Manpreet Singh led the Indian contingent out for the parade of nations at the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham for the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony.
Neeraj Chopra was the designated flag bearer for India in the opening ceremony, but he suffered an injury during the World Athletics Championships, where he won the silver medal. He had to pull out of CWG 2022 due to the injury.
Some prominent names in the squad besides Olympic medallists P.V Sindhu, Mirabai Chanu, Lovlina Borgohain, Bajrang Punia and Ravi Kumar Dahiya. Defending CWG champions Manika Batra, and Vinesh Phogat as well as 2018 Asian Games Gold medallists Tajinderpal Singh Toor, Hima Das and Amit Panghal.
India will be represented by 215 athletes who will take part in 141 events across 19 sporting disciplines.
Women’s T20I cricket is making its debut at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham this year, with the top eight teams competing for the gold medal.
Indian women’s cricket team will make their CWG debut against Australia on Friday. While the women’s hockey team will take on Ghana.
More than 5,000 athletes are ready for action in the English city of Birmingham from Friday at a Commonwealth Games lacking many track and field superstars but still bragging elite performers.
There will be 1,875 medals up for win across all the sporting events, and for the first time ever in a global, multi-sport event, there are more women’s events than men’s.
There are 136 gold medals for women athletes in the Commonwealth Games, while there are 134 gold medals for men’s athletes.
India won 66 medals in the 2018 Commonwealth Games. India’s best performance in the Commonwealth Games came in 2010. In 2010, India won 101 medals, including 38 gold medals.
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