Commonwealth Games 2022 could serve as balm for India amid IOA crisis – The New Indian Express


Express press service

CHENNAI: Indian Olympic sports have been plunged into such obscurity of late that the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham would be a welcome respite. The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) was in turmoil even now, it is going through tumultuous times and court cases and it hit its nadir when the president resigned a few days before the Games.

There was no clarity as to who ran the IOA and numerous other allegations and counter-allegations between two rival factions (one led by the President and the other General Secretary) within the organization have caused some. made one of the worst phases in the history of the IOA.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has warned India. Many national sports federations are suspended. In short, everything is a mess.

In the days leading up to the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, there was also the ignominy of athletes testing positive for banned substances. One of the fastest female athletes tested positive for banned substances, then her replacement.

There were also a few para-athletes who were provisionally suspended. Olympic bronze medalist Lovlina Borgohain was angered by officials for ignoring her request to accommodate her personal trainer, who later received accreditation for the Games.

Olympic champion javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra retired at the last moment after sustaining a groin injury during his World Championship silver medal performance in Eugene. In short, there were more echoes off the field than on it.

Finally, as the curtains go up in Birmingham, hopefully the focus will be on sport and nothing else. It’s time for us to celebrate the superhuman effort and achievement on the pitch: that group of sportspeople who will challenge human limitations and capabilities to overcome obstacle after obstacle to stand at the top of the podium.

After the Olympics, the likes of two-time Olympic medalist PV Sindhu, Tokyo 2020 Olympic silver medalist Mirabai Chanu, Lovlina, Tokyo 2020 wrestling medalists Bajrang Punia, Ravi Dahiya, TT A legend Sharath Kamal, defending champion Manika Batra and rising stars like commuter Lakshya Sen, boxer Jaismine Lamboria will be seen in action when sports activities begin on Wednesday. Women’s cricket would be another highlight of the Games.

This is the first time women’s cricket has been inducted into the CWG.

India decided to hand over the flag to Sindhu to lead the Indian contingent in the opening ceremony on Thursday night. She replaces Neeraj, who retired on Monday. According to the IOA, this is an effort to promote gender equality in accordance with the Olympic Charter.

IOA Acting President Anil Khanna said that the IOA promotes gender equality and this time the number of male and female athletes is almost the same.

However, since the organizing committee has let the IOA know that two flag bearers can be named, they should announce another name besides Sindhu to do the honours.

Although India is expected to sweep events like weightlifting and wrestling, in sports like badminton (at least for men), squash, table tennis and hockey (men and women), the competition should be quite difficult.

In athletics, this is one of the toughest events in the CWG, after Neeraj’s withdrawal, it would be up to the others to put on some kind of respectable show.

In swimming and cycling, of course, India would have to improve dramatically to be counted among the medal hopefuls.

With shooting and archery not present at the Games, the medal tally of 66 medals in Gold Coast four years ago would not be matched.

India finished third behind England and Australia with 26 gold, 20 silver and 20 bronze medals. India had won a total of 16 medals (including 7 gold) in shooting in Gold Coast.

The training and competition of the athletes has been effectively supported by the Sports Authority of India and the national sports federations.

We don’t know if India will come out on top, but when it comes to Olympic sport, these Games will give us those beautiful moments to cherish and preserve for the future.

CHENNAI: Indian Olympic sports have been plunged into such obscurity of late that the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham would be a welcome respite. The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) was in turmoil even now, it is going through tumultuous times and court cases and it hit its nadir when the president resigned a few days before the Games. There was no clarity as to who was leading the IOA and numerous other allegations and counter-allegations between two rival factions (one led by the President and the other General Secretary) within the organization have caused some. made one of the worst phases in the history of the IOA. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has warned India. Many national sports federations are suspended. In short, everything is a mess. In the days leading up to the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, there was also the ignominy of athletes testing positive for banned substances. One of the fastest female athletes tested positive for banned substances, then her replacement. There were also a few para-athletes who were provisionally suspended. Olympic bronze medalist Lovlina Borgohain was angered by officials for ignoring her request to accommodate her personal trainer, who later received accreditation for the Games. Olympic champion javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra retired at the last moment after sustaining a groin injury during his World Championship silver medal performance in Eugene. In short, there were more echoes off the field than on it. Finally, as the curtains go up in Birmingham, hopefully the focus will be on sport and nothing else. It’s time for us to celebrate the superhuman efforts and achievements on the pitch: that group of sportspeople who will challenge human limitations and capabilities to overcome obstacle after obstacle to stand at the top of the podium. After the Olympics, the likes of two-time Olympic medalist PV Sindhu, Tokyo 2020 Olympic silver medalist Mirabai Chanu, Lovlina, Tokyo 2020 wrestling medalists Bajrang Punia, Ravi Dahiya, TT A legend Sharath Kamal, defending champion Manika Batra and rising stars like commuter Lakshya Sen, boxer Jaismine Lamboria will be seen in action when sports activities begin on Wednesday. Women’s cricket would be another highlight of the Games. This is the first time women’s cricket has been inducted into the CWG. India decided to hand over the flag to Sindhu to lead the Indian contingent in the opening ceremony on Thursday night. She replaces Neeraj, who retired on Monday. According to the IOA, this is an effort to promote gender equality in accordance with the Olympic Charter. IOA Acting President Anil Khanna said that the IOA promotes gender equality and this time the number of male and female athletes is almost the same. However, since the organizing committee has let the IOA know that two flag bearers can be named, they should announce another name besides Sindhu to do the honours. Although India is expected to sweep events like weightlifting and wrestling, in sports like badminton (at least for men), squash, table tennis and hockey (men and women), the competition should be quite difficult. In athletics, this is one of the toughest events in the CWG, after Neeraj’s withdrawal, it would be up to the others to put on some kind of respectable show. In swimming and cycling, of course, India would need to improve significantly to be counted among the medal hopefuls. With shooting and archery not present at the Games, the medal tally of 66 medals in Gold Coast four years ago would not be matched. India finished third behind England and Australia with 26 gold, 20 silver and 20 bronze medals. India had won a total of 16 medals (including 7 gold) in shooting in Gold Coast. The training and competition of the athletes has been effectively supported by the Sports Authority of India and the national sports federations. We don’t know if India will come out on top, but when it comes to Olympic sport, these Games will give us those beautiful moments to cherish and preserve for the future.

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