In what will be the country’s second-largest group ever organized, India will be sending 224 athletes to the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games held from July 23 – August 3.
While much of the country doesn’t necessarily worry much about its performances at the Commonwealth Games, the fact that India is sending such a strong group of athletes shows promise for the infrastructure of sports in India. The sports ministry has cleared the 224 athletes from 14 different sports, including seven para-athletes who attend backed by the Indian government.
In addition to the athletes, there will be 90 coaches and staff members. India, however, does not have any athletes in rugby sevens, triathlon or netball.
Although the 224 contingent is the second-largest for India, this year’s grouping is clearly the strong. Some of the more notable names competing in this year’s competition are Sushil Kumar and Yogeshwar Dutt (wrestling), Abhinav Bindra, Vijay Kumar, Gagan Narang and Manavjit Sandhu (shooting), Vikas Gowda, Krishna Poonia and Tintu Luka (athletics), Saina Nehwal and Jwala Gutta (badminton), Vijender Singh, Shiv Thapa and Pinki Rani (boxing), Ashish Kumar (gymnastics), Deborah (cycling), Saurav Ghosal, Dipika Pallikal and Joshna Chinappa (squash) and K Ravi Kumar (weightlifting).
At the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games, India won 22 gold medals, along with 17 silver and 11 bronze. India sent 180 athletes that year.
According to reports, more than 6,500 athletes and officials from 71 nations are set to compete in 17 sports.