CWG 2022: Guts, glory and redemption time for cyclists, gymnasts | Commonwealth Games 2022 News

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Pranati Nayak. (Photo credit: William West/AFP via Getty Images)

BIRMINGHAM: Their preparation for the Commonwealth Games marred by controversy, the country’s gymnasts will be eager to bring the sport back into the spotlight as a confident Indian cycling team strive to end their medal drought at the quadrennial event .
Incidentally, the gymnastics and cycling team have recently experienced coaching changes.
The former coach of the designated women’s team, Rohit Jaiswalwas dropped from the CWG-linked squad last week after gymnast Aruna Buda Reddy accused him of filming her without her consent.
On the other hand, a female cyclist made allegations of “inappropriate behavior” against the head coach during an exhibition tour abroad in Slovenia, which led to his dismissal.
Gymnast seeks to bring back past glory
After the departure of Jaiswal, the famous Bishweshwar Nandi, who framed Dipa Karmakar to a historic fourth place at the Rio Olympics, is back at the head of the women’s gymnastics contingent.
After picking up a bronze medal at the Asian Championships last month, 27-year-old Pranati Nayak will spearhead India’s challenge in the women’s section.
Pranati, who courted critics for his “substandard show” at the Tokyo Olympics, will perform the Tsukahara 720 degree bend and the Handspring Straightbody with a 540 degree bend, considered both high difficulty jumps.
And then there is the new find of 18-year-old Nandi Protistha Samanta, fresh off of his two World Cup appearances this year. She obtained an honorable fourth place in Cairo.
“I have a lot of hope in them (Pranati and Protistha). You never know if any of them will make it to the final. I’m really confident of a good show,” Nandi told PTI , hoping for a second. CTM medal for a female gymnast after Dipa’s bronze at the Glasgow edition in 2014.
The men’s team, consisting of Satyajit Mondal from Bengal, Yogeshwar Singh and Maharashtra Navy man Saif Tamboli also looks promising.
Nicknamed ‘Raja’, Mondal finished fifth in the jumping event on his international debut at the World Challenge Cup last month.
After overcoming three ACL surgeries on both legs in the space of three months, former national champion Tamboli will also be looking to prove himself.
“The first big challenge would be to qualify for the final and then compete against hosts like England, Australia, Scotland and Canada – the proven heavyweights in gymnastics,” Nandi summed up.
Indian gymnasts have so far won three CWG medals, including Ashish Kumar’s silver on vault and a bronze in floor exercise at Delhi 2010, which remains the team’s best feat.
They would look to live up to expectations after the Rio Olympics summit.
Cyclists want to continue their winning streak
India’s 13-member cycling team, chasing an elusive maiden CWG medal, will be brimming with confidence after a stellar display at the Asian Track Championships on home soil last month.
Returning to competitions after a break due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Indian cyclists showed immense skill as they battled head-to-head with heavyweights like Japan and Korea.
All hopes will be pinned Ronaldo Singhwho became the first Indian cyclist to win a silver medal in a continental tournament in the senior category.
The youngster’s collection of three medals, including silver in the sprint, testifies to his talent.
The tastes of Esow Alben and David Beckham should also do well.
On the women’s side, track cyclist Mayuri Lute had a strong outing at the Asian Championships and would be keen to replicate the result.
Gymnastics team:
Men: Satyajit Mondal, Yogeshwar Singh and Saif Tamboli
Women: Pranati Nayak, Ruthuja NatarajProtishta Samanta, Bavleen Kaur
Cycling team:
Men: Y Rojit Singh, L Ronaldo Singh, E David Bechkam, Esow Alben, Vishvajeet SinghNaman Kapil, Venkappa Shivappa Kengalugutti, Dinesh Kumar, Annantha Narianan
Women: Triyasha Paul, Meenakshi, Sushikala Agashe, Mayuri Lute

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