New Delhi. Now only a few hours are left for the counting of the Commonwealth Games 2022. Some players have reached Birmingham for the upcoming tournament. While some players will come here after participating in global tournaments. The Indian team participated for the first time in the history of Commonwealth Games in the year 1934. This was the second season during that period. Since then, the Indian contingent has participated in 17 seasons in this prestigious tournament. During this, the country has got 503 medals. This includes 181 gold, 173 silver and 149 bronze medals. The year 2010 was a memorable season for India. In fact, this year, Indian players made a total of 101 medals, giving the introduction of indomitable Shahs. During this, the Indian team stood second with 38 gold medals.
Before the start of the Commonwealth Games 2022, once again the countrymen are expecting the best performance from the players. The performance of Indian players on British soil has also been excellent. In such a situation, before the start of this season, talk about in which sports the country is more likely to get a medal, then the Indian team has had strength and weakness in these sports.
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India’s strength in Commonwealth Games:
1- India has participated in every season of the Commonwealth Games except for four seasons (1930, 1950, 1962 and 1986). During this, the country has received maximum medals in shooting. But this year shooting has not been included in the Commonwealth Games. Due to which Indian hopes have suffered a big setback. The country has received a total of 135 medals in shooting. This includes 63 gold, 44 silver and 28 bronze medals.
2- The sport in which India has got the most medals after shooting is weightlifting. In such a situation, Indian fans will have high expectations from the weightlifters this year. India has been the best performing country in weightlifting in 1990, 2002 and 2018. In the history of Commonwealth Games, India is at the second position with 125 medals in this sport. Only Australia (159) has more medals than that in the weightlifting event of these Games. In the last few tournaments, however, Australia’s dominance has decreased, while the status of Indian stalwarts has increased.
3- In this prestigious tournament of the world, the Indian team participated for the first time in the year 1934. Rashid Anwar won the first bronze medal for the country this season in the men’s 74kg freestyle wrestling event. Since then, Indian wrestlers have won 102 medals in this tournament by performing well. Not only this, Indian wrestlers are second only to Canada in terms of winning the most medals in wrestling. India has won 43 gold, 37 silver and 22 bronze medals in wrestling. When Indian wrestlers enter the field for the Commonwealth Games 2022, they will once again expect many medals.
4- Apart from weightlifting and wrestling, Indian players have also excelled in boxing and badminton in the Commonwealth Games. Here players have won 37 medals in boxing and 25 medals in badminton. Indian boxers have so far won eight gold, 12 silver and 17 bronze medals in the Commonwealth Games. At the same time, seven gold, seven silver and 11 bronze medals have been won in badminton. Once again Indian fans will be hoping for a medal in boxing and badminton.
India’s Weakness in Commonwealth Games:
1- India’s weakest link in the Commonwealth Games has been swimming. The country has got only one bronze medal here. In fact, Australia, Canada, Japan and Chinese players have always dominated this prestigious tournament. However, this time it is expected that Indian players will get medals in this field as well.
2- Like swimming, the condition of the Indian contingent in gymnastics and judo has also been poor. The team has won three medals in gymnastics and eight in judo. The situation is that India is still hoping for its first gold medal in these games.
3- The performance of the Indian team in Tennis, Squash and Hockey has also been remarkable. The Indian contingent has won only four medals in tennis with one gold, one silver and two bronze. At the same time, three medals with one gold and two silver in squash and one gold and three silver in hockey have been won.
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FIRST PUBLISHED : July 27, 2022, 13:19 IST