There are 215 Indians that will be participating in the Commonwealth Games 2014 that is being held in Glasgow. The 20th Commonwealth Games began today and India is hoping to finish within the top five.
While the Commonwealth Games that were held in New Delhi in 2010 might have been tainted by scandals and corruption, and other problems, the Indian athletes certainly performed well, and are hoping to do so again in this year’s Commonwealth Games.
In the 2010 Commonwealth Games, India won a total of 101 medals. This was a record number of medals for India, with the country coming in second after Australia. The 2010 Commonwealth Games had never before been held in India. For the first time in the Commonwealth Games history, India won gymnastics medals. The silver and bronze gymnastics medals were won by India’s Ashish Kumar.
Kumar said: “In the events that got me silver and a bronze respectively, I will try to convert them into two gold medals. And Dipa Karmakar is also a medal hopeful in the women’s draw. So, in total, my assessment would be three medals from gymnastics. But you never know in sport.”
In the 2010 games, for the first time in 52 years, India won a medal in athletics. The athletics medal was won by Krishna Poonia, when she won the gold medal in the Women’s Discus throwing event.
While there is much hope and high expectations of the Indian participants, there have already been some disappointments. Saina Nehwal, the defending champion for badminton, has had to pull out of the Commonwealth Games.
Nehwal explained: “It is an extremely difficult decision but an important one. I had suffered a groin injury during the first round in Australia (Australian Open Super Series that took place last month) and then there were those blisters on my leg but I still won the title. After I came back I had two and a half weeks but I took one week to recover, so hardly got a week to train. So I decided to pull out. It’s heartbreaking for me as well.”
Nehwal further explained that it is better that she does not exert herself after these injuries and that she should be fit for the upcoming World Championship and Asian Games.