Commonwealth Games: Manpreet Singh, PV Sindhu named India's flag-bearers
The Indian Olympic Association (IOA), on Wednesday, named India men's hockey captain Manpreet Singh and badminton star PV Sindhu as the nation's flag-bearers for the opening ceremony of the 2022 Commonwealth Games (CWG), starting July 28. Sindhu was picked by the IOA after javelin-thrower Neeraj Chopra was ruled out of the CWG due to an injury. Meanwhile, Manpreet's name was added later.
- The upcoming edition of the Commonwealth Games (CWG) is scheduled to take place from July 28 to August 8 in Birmingham.
- Over the years, both Sindhu (badminton) and Manpreet (hockey) have claimed several laurels for India.
- Sindhu was India's flag-bearer at the opening ceremony of the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast.
- Meanwhile, Manpreet led the Indian contingent at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Indian shuttler PV Sindhu clinched the bronze medal in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics after beating China's He Bingjiao (women's singles). With a historic win, Sindhu became the first Indian to secure two Olympic medals in badminton. In the Rio 2016 Olympics, Sindhu became the first Indian to claim sliver in the sport. The 27-year-old is one of India's medal hopefuls this time too.
"It's a great honor to be bestowed with the responsibility to lead the contingent and hold the flag at such an august gathering. I'm extremely happy and I wish all my fellow contingent all the best for the Games. I would like to thank IOA also for choosing me as the flag-bearer," said Sindhu after being named the female flag-bearer.
Manpreet Singh will lead the Indian men's hockey team, which bagged a historic bronze medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. India stunned Germany 5-4 in their bronze medal match after losing to Belgium in the semis. Post that, India took home the bronze medal in the 2022 Asia Cup. India beat Japan 1-0 in the third-place game. South Korea won the gold medal.
India's Neeraj Chopra, who won the gold medal at the Tokyo Games last year (javelin throw), was initially named India's flag-bearer for the opening ceremony of the 2022 CWG. The 24-year-old got injured in the finals of World Athletic Championship, where he secured the silver medal. Chopra suffered a groin injury during the final before undergoing an MRI scan thereafter.
As stated, the Commonwealth Games are set to begin from July 28 onwards in Birmingham, England. India will be making its 18th appearance at the prestigious event. A total of 108 men and 107 women will represent India across 15 sports.