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A 215-member Indian squad for the Commonwealth Games 2022 given official send-off

The Commonwealth Games 2022 that is set to begin on July 28 in Birmingham will be attended by a 215-member Indian squad, comprising 108 male and 107 female athletes.

While many athletes are already training abroad and will directly join the Indian team in Birmingham, the remaining athletes were given a warm send-off in an official event. The overall contingent strength of the contingent is 322 including 215 athletes, 72 team officials, 26 extra officials and 9 contingent staff. Discipline-wise, the biggest contingent is of Athletics and Hockey with 36 athletes each. India will also take part in Women’s Cricket, which is making its Commonwealth Games (CWG) debut.

The Vice-President of Boxing Federation of India, Rajesh Bhandari, has been named as Chef-de-Mission after Onkar Singh, the Chairman of Cycling Federation of India pulled out. Bhandari is also the  Secretary of Himachal Pradesh Olympic Association. Maninder Singh, Onkar Singh’s son, has been added to the contingent as the third general manager. The other two general managers are Prashant Kushwaha and Anil Dhupar.

The Secretary General of Indian Olympic Association, Rajeev Mehta, announced that the gold medallist will be awarded Rs 20 lakh. Rs 10 lakh will go to silver medallists and the bronze medallists will get Rs 7.5 lakh. The send- off ceremony was attended by Sports Minister Anurag Thakur, who also reviewed India’s preparations for CWG in a Mission Olympic Cell meeting.

 

About Poulomi Kundu

PoulomiKundu started her career in 2000 as a freelance journalist in Hindustan Times. Soon after she was selected an intern in Zee News, Kolkata. After her post- graduation in English, Poulomi joined the leading television production house of eastern India, Rainbow Productions. She was a journalist in Khas Khobor, a Bengali news magazine programme in Doordarshan and also headed the post production department of another programme, Khas Kolkata. In 2004, Poulomi moved to Delhi as a creative writer in an advertising agency, Brand Stewards Pvt. Ltd. In 2005, she again shifted her base for a better opportunity and that in Mumbai. There she got the job in Raa Media Pvt Ltd. as an associate director of two programmes for Doordarshan-Yuva and Paisa Vasool. In the meantime, she also wrote features in DNA as a freelancer. Poulomi directs promotional videos, develops scripts for films for Corporate and NGOs. But an ardent sports lover, Poulomi always had an urge to contribute somewhere in the field of sports. Her love for sports started from an early age when she played gully cricket and football for local teams. Academics and professional hazards sometimes took her away from her passion, but it never died in her. She always nurtured the never-ending dream. So she materialized her dream in the form of ‘SPORTSAVOUR’. It is an online sports portal that serves sports with the tagline ‘For the indigenous, unconventional, unknown’.

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