The 22nd Commonwealth Games is taking place from 28 July to 8 August in Birmingham. The multi-sport event is catered to the 54 nations and 18 territories that comprise the Commonwealth. This is the third time England is hosting a Commonwealth Games event with the previous being London (1934) and Manchester (2002).
There are 20 sports on offer at the 2022 Commonwealth Games with Women’s Cricket, 3 X 3 basketball, and mixed synchronized diving the new inclusions with shooting and archery the chief sports being dropped. Esports is a demonstration event at the Games with a potential medal on offer in the future.
India’s just over 200-member contingent is going to compete in 16 sports. The only sports where India doesn’t have any representation are 3×3 basketball, beach volleyball, netball, and rugby sevens.
India bagged four medals including a gold – all in weightlifting. Saikhom Mirabai Chanu (gold), Sanket Mahadev Sargar and Bindyarani Devi (both silver), and Gururaja Poojary (bronze) stood on the podium. And the medal rush continued on Day 3 with two young lifters, Jeremy Lalrinnunga (men’s 67 kg) and Achinta Sheuli (men’s 73 kg), winning gold medals on their Games debuts.
In team sports, India women’s cricket team defeated Pakistan in the must-win group game by eight wickets. It was followed by the men’s hockey team’s thumping 11-0 win over Ghana in their opener. In badminton, the Indian team booked a semi-final spot with a win over South Africa. The men’s table tennis team also confirmed a last-four place with a facile win over Bangladesh. Earlier in the day, boxing star Nikhat Zareen won her first bout, but Shiva Thapa lost a tight match.
With three gold, two silver, and one bronze, India (six medals) now moved to fifth in the medal tally. Australia continued to lead the table with 50 medals (20 gold, 13 silver, and 17 bronze). England is second with 34, including 12 gold, ahead of New Zealand (19). The Kiwis are third courtesy gold medal count, 10 to 3.