Team India makes a strong start at Commonwealth Games in Birmingham

Team India makes a strong start at Commonwealth Games in Birmingham
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Team India has made a solid start to its Commonwealth Games 2022 tally, which opened with a gala ceremony in Birmingham last week. From hockey and cricket to swimming and other athletic fixtures, the team had a solid opening in the first weekend of the tournament.

Olympic medalist P.V. Sindhu and the men's hockey team captain Manpreet Singh led the Indian contingent at the opening ceremony at Alexander Stadium in Birmingham.

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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 and had to pull out of CWG 2022 due to the injury.

Some prominent names in the squad besides Olympic medallists Sindhu are 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 are also representing Team India, including 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 made their CWG debut against Australia as the women's hockey team took on Ghana.

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More than 5,000 athletes are part of the action in Birmingham 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 - 136 gold medals for women athletes in the Commonwealth Games and 134 gold medals for men's athletes.

India won 66 medals in the 2018 Commonwealth Games and its best performance in the Commonwealth Games came in 2010 with 101 medals, including 38 gold medals.

(ANI)

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