Mark these 13 important dates

Indian sports in 2022: 2021 has been a special year for Indian sport. A New Star – Neeraj Chopra was born after winning a historic gold medal in track and field as the nation’s love for hockey was rekindled after India’s bronze victory at the Tokyo Olympics. 2022 features two major events at the Commonwealth and Asian Games, as well as a host of exciting actions that will feature India’s biggest and brightest prospects. Follow sports updates on InsideSport.IN

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InsideSport takes a look at the biggest events and what Indians can expect from tournaments …

Indian sports in 2022: follow the best Indian sportsmen this NEW YEAR, mark these 13 important dates for their biggest battles

January 20-February 6: AFC Women’s Asian Cup 2022 (India)

After India successfully hosted the Under-17 World Cup, now is the time for women’s football to finally get the attention it deserves. The tournament will feature 12 top continental teams and serve as the final stage of the Asian qualification for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Five teams will advance directly to the World Cup through the knockout stage (including play-offs for fifth place or possibly sixth place), and two other teams will qualify for the inter-confederation play-offs.

Indian sports in 2022: follow the best Indian sportsmen this NEW YEAR, mark these 13 important dates for their biggest battles

The dates originally scheduled for the tournament were in late October and early November, but had to be postponed due to COVID-19.

February 4-20, 2022 Olympic Winter Games (Beijing)

India will have an athlete qualified for two different events for the first time. Jammu and Kashmir-based alpine skier Arif Mohammed Khan made history by qualifying for the giant slalom as well as the alpine ski slalom category. The qualification of Indians in itself is a big problem in an event where India hardly appeared.

February 8-June 30: 2021-2022 FIH Pro League men

The FIH Pro League will resume with a match between Spain and England on February 4, 2022. India’s opener takes place on February 8 against Canada. After a brilliant 2021, all eyes will be on the hockey players and a good presentation here will go a long way considering both the CWG and Asiad to come later in the year.

April 16-20, 2022 All England Open & May 8-15 Thomas & Uber Cup (Bangkok)

The last edition of All England has been quite disappointing from an Indian perspective and commuters hope to go the distance in 2022. There will be plenty of riders like PV Sindhu, Kidambi Srikanth and new sensation Lakshya Sen.

Indian sports in 2022: follow the best Indian sportsmen this NEW YEAR, mark these 13 important dates for their biggest battles

In both the Thomas and Uber Cups, India was eliminated in the quarterfinals. The retreats, the team selection calls weren’t the best and India will aim for a better performance this year.

IBA Women’s Boxing World Championships May 6-21 (Istanbul)

In 2019, India had won a silver medal thanks to Manju Rani and three bronze medals – MC Mary Kom, Lovlina Borgohain and Jamuna Boro. This time around, fans are hoping for a gold medal, something India last claimed in 2018 thanks to the legendary Mary Kom.

July 15-24 World Athletics Championships (Oregon)

This is the event that Neeraj Chopra has over and over again reiterated his desire to win. A starry field will gather in the United States for the event. In the last event in 2019, a 27-member Indian contingent competed and produced three finalists in the 4x400m mixed relay, the men’s 3000m steeplechase and the women’s javelin throw. This time all eyes will be on golden boy Neeraj Chopra as he aims for the top prize in the athletics world.

August 28-8 Commonwealth Games (Birmingham)

With 26 gold medals and a total of 66 medals, India finished 3rd in the last edition with historic medals in table tennis, weightlifting as well as athletics. It turned out to be India’s best position since the 2010 Commonwealth Games, which they hosted. This time around, with the exception of shooting and archery, where India has traditionally been strong, the task will be done for India.

Indian sports in 2022: follow the best Indian sportsmen this NEW YEAR, mark these 13 important dates for their biggest battles

21-28 August 2022 BWF World Championships (Tokyo)

2021 saw for the first time four Indian quarterfinals, including three men. With Lakshya Sen taking bronze and Kidambi Srikanth going to make the first-ever final for India in the men’s section, badminton fans will at the very least consider an encore. On the women’s side, all eyes will once again be on PV Sindhu as she struggled for a medal after missing her game last year.

September 10-25 Asian Games (Hangzhou)

India improved on their previous medal record set 8 years earlier at the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou, China, winning a total of 69 medals, including 15 gold. Historic firsts in table tennis, wrestling, boxing and badminton have been created and India will be confident to improve on previous performances.

10-18 September 2022 World Wrestling Championships (Belgrade)

The last world championships were not the best from an Indian perspective as none of the male wrestlers managed to win a medal. However, Sarita Mor clinched a bronze and Anshu Malik a silver to ensure India does not come home empty-handed. This year, more medals will be the target.

12-25 October ISSF Rifle / Pistol World Championship (Cairo)

After a disappointing Tokyo Olympics where so much was expected, not all Indian shooters held up. All the coaches not having received a contract, the Indian shooters will start from zero. In the last edition, India won a total of 7 medals including two gold – 50m pistol and Double trap.

11-30 October 2022 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup (India)

Historic attendance figures have greeted FIFA after granting hosting rights to the men’s version in 2017. The pandemic could be a major factor, but women’s football will certainly benefit from such exposure. It remains to be seen whether the Indian soccer powers will follow through on the promise.

December 14-18, 2022 BWF World Tour Finals (Guangzhou)

Indian commuters hope to advance to the season finale. The last time India had participants in the men, women and doubles categories, but no medals could be obtained. Lakshya Sen made the story out of the group stages. There will be hope that India can win a medal this time around.

Indian sports in 2022: follow the best Indian sportsmen this NEW YEAR, mark these 13 important dates for their biggest battles

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