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World Games 2022- India’s participation continues with team comprising of veterans like Pankaj Advani and newbies like Dhanush Babu

India has been participating in the World Games since its inception; the 11th edition of the Games started on 7th July and will continue till 17th July at Birmingham in Alabama, USA.

The World Games is an international multi-sport event meant for those disciplines that are not contested in the Olympic Games. Those other sports have little opportunity to become part of the Olympic programme, therefore, the non-Olympic Federations wanted to form their own showcase event to increase the publicity of their sports, which they called The World Games.

The World Games are usually held every four years, one year after the Summer Olympic Games; the first edition of which was held in Santa Clara, the USA in 1981. To host the event, it is not mandatory for the organisers to build new venues or facilities.

India has been participating in this World Games since 1981 and won four medals to date. Prakash Padukone, the pioneer of Indian Badminton, won the first medal in the inaugural edition when he had clinched bronze in Men’s Singles. At that time Badminton was not an Olympic sport. Then in 1989, Sumita Laha and Rekha Mal won silver and bronze respectively in Women’s Powerlifting. Ultimately in 2013, India got the coveted gold when Aditya Mehta’s had won it in Men’s Snooker in 2013.
 
Pankaj Advani

In this edition of the World Games, India is represented by a 14-member squad participating in Archery, Billiards, Dance Sport, Powerlifting, Sumo, Wushu, and Roller Sport.

 
24-time Billiards World champion, Pankaj Advani, is set to add another gold to his kitty, while Chitra Magimairaj will aim to finish in style in the 9-Ball Women’s event. Archers Aman Saini and Abhishek Verma are representing the Indian Men’s Compound team, and Avneet Kaur and Musan Kirar have made up the Women’s Compound team.
 
Dhanush Babu

The Indian Roller Skating team is comprised of Dhanush Babu, Aarathy Kasturiraj, and Varsha Sriramakrishna Puranik. Dhanush Babu from Karnataka is the first male skater to represent India in the World Games. Finishing third in the heat of Men’s Sprint 500m, Dhanush missed a spot in the final. But, the Asian bronze medallist who has been skating since he was 4, is determined to come back with a stronger performance in the next edition.

 

Apart from them, Sahil Mahesh Utekar is representing the country in Men’s Lightweight Powerlifting, Samruddhi Bhosale has qualified for the Women’s Lightweight Sumo event and Wushu artist, Sanma Brahma will take part in the Tajijian All-round Men’s event. An Indian Couple’s team will take part in the Rock ‘n’ Roll category of Dance Sports.

 

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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