India’s top 10 athletes set to miss Commonwealth Games 2022

The sport of shooting and archery was excluded due to lack of infrastructure and logistical reasons.

The 2022 Commonwealth Games (CWG) are just days away. With the city of Birmingham ready to host the event, there is great expectation before it starts from July 28, 2022. Several top athletes from several countries around the world will compete in various disciplines. The objective will be to collect as many medals as possible for their respective nations.

India is performing very well at the Commonwealth Games. Since the beginning of the century, the country has won more than 50 medals at each edition. The Indian contingent won 66 medals including 26 gold medals at the 2018 edition in Gold Coast, Australia. There will be high expectations from the 215-member contingent to earn medals at CWG 2022.

However, several notable athletes will not participate in the multi-sport event. Their absence will certainly affect India’s ambition to win medals at the games. Here is a look at the top 10 Indian athletes who will not be playing at the 2022 Commonwealth Games:

Apurvi Chandela

Shooting is among the disciplines that will not feature at the 2022 Commonwealth Games. This is a blow to India’s medal hopefuls as it is a major source of success for the country. Several top shooting athletes will be absent due to exclusion from the sport. One of them is Apurvi Chandela, Olympic athlete and three-time ISSF World Cup gold medalist. She also won bronze at CWG 2018 and gold at CWG 2014.

Tajinderpal Singh Toor

Tajinder Singh Toor is an Asian gold medalist. (Courtesy – Twitter)

Tajinderpal Singh Toor was a leading medal hopeful at the 2022 Commonwealth Games. The 2018 Asian Games gold medalist in the shot put had to withdraw prematurely from the ongoing 2022 World Championships in Athletics qualifiers . A groin injury was the reason for his withdrawal from the event and it will also keep him away from CWG 2022.

Aishwarya Babu

National triple jump record holder Aishwarya Babu will not compete in the upcoming event in Birmingham. Indeed, the athlete failed a doping test earlier in July 2022. She broke an 11-year record in the triple jump event and was part of the 2022 CWG track and field team. the athlete’s sample came back positive for a banned substance, she will not be able to represent India.

MC Mary Kom

MC Mary Kom will be greatly missed by the Indian contingent at the 2022 Commonwealth Games. The London 2012 Olympics bronze medalist suffered a leg injury in the National Trials semi-final against Nitu. This excludes the legendary six-time world champion from participating in the multi-sport event. The 39-year-old may never appear on a CWG edition again.

Manu Bhaker

Manu Bhaker will not be able to medal for India at the 2022 Commonwealth Games. This is due to the exclusion of shooting from the list of disciplines. The 20-year-old is a force in shooting, with nine World Cup gold medals already on her resume. She also won a gold medal at the 2018 CWG in Gold Coast. Manu Bhaker was of the opinion that India should boycott the 2022 Commonwealth Games for not including shooting in the competition, to send a message to the organisers.

Aishwary Pratap Singh

Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar is a two-time ISSF World Cup gold medalist. (Olympic Games)

It’s a cruel joke that shooting isn’t on the list of Commonwealth Games disciplines. This hurts India the most as athletes like Aishwary Pratap Singh will not be able to feature. He recently won individual gold at the 2022 ISSF World Cup and could have been a good prospect for India in Birmingham.

Mairaj Ahmed Khan

Mairaj Ahmed Khan will also miss the chance to represent India at the 2022 Commonwealth Games. Due to the shooting exclusion, the veteran will not be able to follow his first-ever 2022 ISSF World Cup gold medal in Changwon , in South Korea. In doing so, he became the first Indian to win gold in the skeet event at the ISSF World Cup.

Rani Rampal

At 15, Rani became the youngest national team player to compete in the World Cup. (News 18)

Rani Rampal led the Indian women’s hockey team to a historic fourth place at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. She has been struggling with injuries ever since. She was unable to take part in the FIH Women’s World Cup due to injury issues and was also dropped from the final squad for the 2022 Commonwealth Games. Indian women’s hockey team.

Deepika Kumari

World No. 1 archer Deepika Kumari will miss the 2022 Commonwealth Games. This is due to archery being excluded from the list of disciplines at the multi-sport event. The CWG double gold medalist would have been a great medal prospect had archery been part of the quadrennial event.

Saina Nehwal

Saina Nehwal is the reigning women’s singles gold medalist following her heroics at CWG 2018 in Gold Coast, Australia. The former world No. 1 and bronze medalist at the 2012 London Olympics will be one of the absentees for India in Birmingham. Fearing her injuries worsening, she opted to skip the week-long BAI Trials in April that would select the team for the 2022 CWG.

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Naomi C. Amerson