Commonwealth Games: India’s top 10 athletes will miss their flights to Birmingham 2022

India will send a 322-member Indian team, including 215 athletes and 107 officials and support staff, to the Commonwealth Games (CWG) 2022 scheduled in Birmingham from July 28.

sports star brings you the names of 10 Indian athletes believed to be missing during the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

India's Saina Nehwal won the badminton women's singles gold medal at the 2018 CWG.

India’s Saina Nehwal won the badminton women’s singles gold medal at the 2018 CWG.

1. Saina Nehwal (badminton)- The two-time CWG champion skipped the badminton selection trials for multi-sport events. Not wanting to exercise her body by participating in tryouts, she questioned the logic of having tryouts when the playing schedule is busy and said players deserved more time to prepare for tryouts. However, the Badminton Association of India has made it clear that the players in the top 15 of the BWF rankings will be selected directly, while the rest will be chosen from the trials which will see the participation of commuters ranked between 16 and 50. Although Saina has wrote a letter to the BAI indicating the difficulties, they did not return, said her husband P Kashyap.

Gold Coast: India's MC Mary Kom after winning gold in the Women's Light Fly (45-48kg) boxing event at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Gold Coast: India’s MC Mary Kom after winning gold in the Women’s Light Fly (45-48kg) boxing event at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. | Photo credit: PTI

2. Mary Kom (boxing)- Mary Kom was ruled out of the Commonwealth Games (CWG) trials after suffering an injury. The defending CWG champion started her fight with vigor against two-time world youth champion Nitu Ganghas in the first round of the 48kg class. As the two boxers closed in, Kom leaned down to land a punch, and his knee gave out. Although the referee ruled it a mistake, Kom did not rebound as she otherwise would have. She carefully pushed her way through, then shook her leg as if to make it work again. The fight resumed but a second later it stopped again as it became clear that Kom was unable to put weight on his left leg. The referee announced additional time, and when it was clear that Kom was not going to be able to recover, declared Neetu the winner by RSC (I).

Tajinderpal Singh Toor in action.

Tajinderpal Singh Toor in action. | Photo credit: David J. Phillip

3. Tajinderpal Singh Toor (shot put) – India’s best shot putter Tajinderpal Singh Toor was ruled out of the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham due to the groin injury he suffered ahead of the World Championships in Athletics this year. Toor was injured in Chula Vista in the United States, where India’s world championship squad had a brief practice before the showpiece. He tried a few practice throws before the event but decided to skip it as the pain didn’t subside due to strain on his adductor muscles that connect the thigh to the hip. Named to the original 36-member Indian athletics team for the Games, his qualification was contingent on his performance at an event in Kazakhstan. Missing the CWG qualifying standard of 20.50m by 0.16m at the National Interstate Championships in Chennai last month, the Asian record holder threw just 19.96m at an event in Chula Vista before the injury.

S. Dhanalakshmi celebrates after winning the women's 200m event at the 61st National Interstate Senior Track and Field Championships.

S. Dhanalakshmi celebrates after winning the women’s 200m event at the 61st National Interstate Senior Track and Field Championships. | Photo credit: Velankannai Raj B

4. S. Dhanalakshmi (Athletics)- Sprinter S. Dhanalakshmi tested positive for banned drugs days before the multi-sport event and was kicked out of the Games and given a provisional suspension. Dhanalakshmi, 24, was part of the Birmingham CWG athletics team and came back positive for a banned steroid in an overseas doping test by World Athletics’ Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU). She was named to the CWG team for the 100m and the 4x100m relay team.

Aishwarya Babu in action.

Aishwarya Babu in action. | Photo credit: Velankannai Raj B

5. Aishwarya Babu (high jump and triple jump)- Jumper Aishwarya Babu also tested positive for banned drugs days before the CWG. After being kicked out of the Games and provisionally suspended, 24-year-old Aishwarya’s drug sample was taken by National Anti-Doping Agency officials during the National Interstate Athletics Championships in Chennai last month, who tested positive. Aishwarya’s progress over the past two years has raised eyebrows. Two years ago, she did a long jump of 6.25m and a triple jump of 13.29m. His long jump mark increased to 6.52m (in 2021) and 6.73 this year, and his triple jump increased to 13.55 (in 2021) and 14.14 this year.

Rani Rampal, player of the Indian women's hockey team.

Rani Rampal, player of the Indian women’s hockey team. | Photo credit: BISWARANJAN ROUT

6. Rani Rampal (hockey)- India’s women’s hockey team will have to play without star striker Rani Rampal, who was not included in the 18-member squad after failing to return to full fitness from injury. Rani, who led the Indians to a historic fourth place at the Tokyo Olympics, was chosen for recent FIH Pro League matches in Belgium and the Netherlands after recovering from a hamstring injury . She hasn’t featured in the first four games of the European leg of the Pro League which has raised doubts about her fitness. Eventually, she was not included in the recently concluded Women’s Hockey World Cup, where India tied with China for ninth place.

    Kamalpreet Kaur in action.

Kamalpreet Kaur in action.

7. Kamalpreet Kaur (discus throw)-The Olympian cleared the 58m mark in Commonwealth Games qualification by throwing 61.39m in the discus final to win gold at the Indian Grand Prix II in Thiruvananthapuram on March 23. World Athletics’ Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) announced the provisional suspension of Kamalpreet Kaur on its website on May 4. If proven, Kaur could face a suspension of up to four years. In an out-of-competition test conducted by the IAU in India on March 29 this year, the sixth-place finisher at the Tokyo Olympics returned a positive test for stanozolol.

File photo of Vikas Krishnan

File photo of Vikas Krishnan

8. Vikas Krishnan (boxing)- Vikas Krishnan won gold at the 2018 Commonwealth Games after defeating Cameroonian Wilfried Seynitsengue in the men’s 75kg final by unanimous decision. He became the first Indian male boxer to win Asian and Commonwealth Games gold medals. However, he did not attend the boxing trials for the Commonwealth Games in June and therefore could not compete at the Games this year.

Indian Jeswin Aldrin Johnson in action.

Indian Jeswin Aldrin Johnson in action.

9. Jeswin Aldrin (long jumper)- Jeswin Aldrin broke the 8m mark in Commonwealth Games qualification with a stunning jump of 8.26m at the Federation Cup in April this year. However, in the next three events, he failed to stay consistent and hit 8m. In the last qualifying event for the Games – the Interstate Championship, his best jump was 7.71m, while he jumped 7.51m in the final. Because of this, he was not selected for the Commonwealth Games team.

India's Shikha Pandey in action.

India’s Shikha Pandey in action.

10. Shikha Pandey (Cricketer)- Shikha Pandey, who was abruptly left out of the Women’s World Cup squad this year, was also left out of the Commonwealth Games squad. The main stimulator was not given a reason for the snub. However, speculation of a drop in form may have prompted the coaches’ decision. The 33-year-old all-rounder’s last T20I match was during the Indian tour of Australia in October 2021. Of the 56 WT20Is played, she scored 207 runs and won 40 wickets.

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