CWG 2022: Lovlina stranded after leaving opening ceremony midway, CDM not pleased | Commonwealth Games 2022 News

BIRMINGHAM: Indian boxer, Olympic bronze medalist Lovlina Borgohain was stuck for almost an hour after deciding to leave the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games halfway through.
Thursday night’s ceremony lasted about two hours and Lovlina, along with another member of India’s boxing contingent, Muhammad Hussamuddindecided to leave early for the games village from the Alexander Stadium, 30 minutes by car.
“We want to train in the morning as we have a fight the next day. The ceremony is going to last a while so we thought about leaving. We asked for a taxi but were told it was not available,” said Lovlina when PTI asked her why she was leaving halfway.
With the ceremony still in progress and the duo unable to book a taxi on their own, Lovlina and Hussamuddin were at a loss as to how to get back to their accommodation.
They finally took the first bus to the Village near the National Exhibition Center.


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The Indian delegation received three cars from the organisers, but their drivers were exhausted for the day as athletes and officials arrived for the Opening Ceremony in buses.
Rajesh, Indian Head of Mission Bhandariwho happens to be the vice-president of the Indian Boxing Federation (IBF), was unhappy with the development.
“We were in the middle of the ceremony and I learned later that she and another boxer had left early. We all came by bus and the taxi option was not available at that time. shouldn’t have come if they wanted to leave early.
“There were so many athletes who decided not to come because they had practice or competition in the morning, which we completely understand. I will speak to the boxing team about this,” Bhandari said.
A total of 164 athletes and officials took part in the ceremony, half the size of the Indian contingent. Members of the women’s cricket team also decided to stay at the hotel due to their opening match the next morning.
Prior to the Games, Lovlina alleged that her coaches were constantly harassed after the personal trainer Sandhya Gurung was not allowed to enter the Games Village upon arrival. Gurung subsequently received Village accreditation.

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