PV Sindhu named India’s flagbearer at Commonwealth Games opening ceremony | Commonwealth Games 2022 News

BIRMINGHAM: Badminton ace, double Olympic medalist PV Sindhu was named the flag bearer for the Indian contingent on Wednesday for the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games to be held on Thursday.
Olympic champion Neeraj Chopra, who was also the defending Commonwealth Games champion after winning gold in Golden Coast four years ago, was to be the flag bearer.
But a groin injury following his silver medal at the World Championships forced him to retire and the Indian Olympic Association chose Sindhu to be the standard bearer for a shortlist of three members.

Tokyo Olympics medalists – weightlifter Mirabai Chanu and boxer Lovlina Borgohain are the other two athletes, who were also considered before the IOA decided to opt for Sindhu.
“It is with great pleasure that we announce Sindhu as the flag bearer of Team India,” Acting IOA President Anil Khanna said in a statement.
Sindhu was also the flag bearer for the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast.

India's history at the Commonwealth Games

India’s history at the Commonwealth Games

“The other two athletes, Chanu and Borgohain, deserved a lot too, but we went ahead with Sindhu because she is a two-time Olympic medalist. We hope Sindhu will continue to do well and perform with excellence at these Games. ”

The 2022 edition of the Commonwealth Games has the largest contingent of female athletes in Games history.
“The IOA has therefore seen fit to highlight our commitment to gender equality, in keeping with the spirit of the Olympic Charter, by shortlisting three female athletes for the prestigious role of team flag bearer. India at the 2022 Commonwealth Games,” Khanna said.
“We hope that seeing Ms Sindhu leading the Indian team with the Indian flag in her hand during the opening ceremony will inspire millions of girls in India to take up sport.”
The AIO had a four-member committee to choose the flag bearer which also included Secretary General Rajeev Mehta, Treasurer Anandeshwar Panday and Team India Chief of Mission Rajesh Bhandari.
“We send our congratulations to him and wish him and the other athletes of the Indian team all the best for the Commonwealth Games,” Mehta said.
Head of mission of the India team at birminghamBhandari said a maximum of 164 participants can take part from the Indian contingent in the Parade of Nations at the opening ceremony.
“The tally of 164 will include athletes and team officials. The final list will be established by tonight, assessing athlete availability,” Bhandari said.
A total of 215 Indian athletes will participate in the Commonwealth Games.
A former world champion, Sindhu is one of the favorites to win women’s singles gold in Birmingham, having won silver and bronze at the last two editions in Gold Coast and Glasgow.

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