NEW DELHI: The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) has announced a 322-strong Indian squad including 215 athletes and 107 officials and support staff, for the Birmingham Commonwealth (CWG) Games 2022 scheduled in the English city from July 28.
The squad will look to improve upon its Gold Coast 2018 CWG performance, where it finished third behind traditional powerhouses Australia and England.
Some prominent names in the squad besides Tokyo 2020 Olympics Gold medal winner Neeraj Chopra include the likes of Olympic medallists PV Sindhu, Mirabai Chanu, Lovlina Borgohain, Bajrang Punia & Ravi Kumar Dahiya. Defending CWG champions Manika Batra, Vinesh Phogat as well as 2018 Asian Games Gold medallists Tajinderpal Singh Toor, Hima Das & Amit Panghal.
Rajesh Bhandari, vice-president, Boxing Federation of India (BFI), has been appointed the Chef de Mission of the squad.
Team India will compete in 15 sporting disciplines as well as four disciplines in the Para Sports category. Some of the disciplines where India look to perform well include traditionally strong disciplines like boxing, badminton, hockey, weightlifting, women’s cricket (making its debut at the CWG) and wrestling.
Indian squads in athletics, ccling, swimming and table tennis are also strong.
Various members of the squad have already reached Birmingham at various stages over the past few days, depending on their training regimes laid out by their respective coaches. Some members are competing at various global locations and would reach the venue directly while the rest of the contingent will leave from New Delhi.
The CWG village will officially open its doors to contingents on July 23.
For the Birmingham Common Wealth Games 2022, IOA has onboarded Adani Sportsline as the principal sponsor while JSW Inspire as the principal & kitting sponsors. Herbalife Official are the nutrition partner, Manyawar are the eremonial kitting partner & adidas are the performance footwear partners. INOX & Amul are associate sponsors, Borossil as hydration partners and SFA as sports ed-tech partner.