New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to interact with the Indian contingent that is going to Birmingham to participate in the Commonwealth Games (CWG) on July 20 at 10:00 am through a video conference. The Birmingham CWG is scheduled to get underway from July 28 to August 8. The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) has revealed the names of a 322-member team for the CWG, including 215 sportspersons of various disciplines, 107 officials, and support staff.
Several members of the contingent have already landed in Birmingham due to their training schedule as set by their coaches. Numerous athletes are getting training at various locations around the world, and they will directly reach the venue from their respective training centers. Meanwhile, the rest of the members of the contingent will board from New Delhi. Indian athletes will enter the Athletes’ Village on July 23 after its formal inauguration.
In one of the mails from the Sports Authority of India (SAI’s) TOPS division, an athlete relations manager (ARM) wrote: “Dear athletes, coaches & support staff, we congratulate you and wish all the best for representing the country at the prestigious 2022 Commonwealth Games, Birmingham.” With the aforesaid, the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, to ameliorate your spirits, is looking forward to interacting with the athletes participating in the upcoming 2022 CWG, tentatively on the 20th of July 2022, at 10:00 am via virtual conference. In this regard, you are asked to keep yourself free from your busy schedule and remain available for the same on July 20 and a few days prior for the dry run. ”
It is likely that sports secretary Sujata Chaturvedi is set to interact personally with the CWG-bound sportspersons in batches in the coming days.
In the last edition of the Commonwealth Games, India finished third, winning 66 medals. Australia and England took first and second place, respectively.
Tokyo Olympic gold medalist in javelin throw Neeraj Chopra, as well as other Tokyo Games medallists P V Sindhu, Mirabai Chanu, Lovlina Borgohain, Bajrang Punia, and Ravi Kumar Dahiya, will compete in the upcoming CWG. Manika Batra and Vinesh Phogat, the defending CWG champions, will be seen in action in Birmingham, as will Hima Das and Amit Panghal, the gold medalists at the 2018 Asian Games.
It is expected that the Indian contingent will bring a bagful of medals, including several yellow metals from Birmingham.