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The Practical Idealist.
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The 2014 common wealth games would be the officially 20th common wealth games and would be held in Glasgow, Scotland from July 23rd to August 3, 2014. It will be the largest multi-sport event ever held in Scotland with 4,100 competing athletes, although the country previously hosted the 1970 and 1986 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh.

In a bidding competition between Scotland's Glasgow, Canada's Hallifax and Nigeria's Abuja, Hallifax withdrew its bidding and Glasgow won over Abhuja with 47 : 24 votes


There will be 71 participating nations at the 2014 Commonwealth Games with approximately 4,900 competing athletes making it one of the largest commonwealth games staged to date.

The Mascot

Clyde is the mascot of CWG 2014, and is named after Glasgow’s River Clyde, is based on original designs by 12-year-old Cumbernauld schoolgirl Beth Gilmour, whose concept has been developed by Cheltenham- and London-based digital consultancy Nerv.
Gilmour won a competition for children aged from 6-15 to create mascot designs, which was judged by staff from Glasgow 2014 and the BBC. The competition received more than 4000 entries.

Meet the designer of the Mascot!

Sporting Disciplines

There would be a total of 17 sporting disciplines and biggest even number of Para_Sport medals in CW games with 22 medal events in total.

Lawn Bowls
Rugby Sevens
Table Tennis


Athletics Village

Designed for athletes in consultation with athletes, the Commonwealth Games Athletes' Village promises to be a real ‘home from home’.

Set in Glasgow’s East End, the purpose-built, low carbon village is at the heart of one of Europe's largest regeneration areas. It will be home to the expected 6,500 athletes and CGA team officials for the duration of the Games.

The Village will offer an exclusive retail area, recreation area, dining hall, medical facility and other amenities for the use of the athletes and officials. The Athletes' Village site will be developed by Glasgow City Council with City Legacy, a private-sector consortium which will build the first 700 units for the Games.

Through this development, Glasgow City Council plans to bring further social and economic value and regeneration to the area by creating opportunities for employment and training, local business and social enterprise.

An Energy Centre will provide hot water for the homes as well as to the Emirates Arena and Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome.
Preparatory land work started on the 35-hectare site in August 2009. The Athletes' Village will be completed in January 2014.
260,000 items of furniture, fittings and equipment were obtained from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games for use in the Athletes’ Village.

Celtic Park

Celtic Park will host the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony. On 23 July 2014, this is where athletes from throughout the Commonwealth community will celebrate their journey to the Games and officially begin their 11-day quest for victory.

Celtic Park is located next to the Athletes' Village, making it ideal for athletes attending the Opening Ceremony in the stadium.

Owned by the famous Celtic Football Club, Celtic Park has a long history and was built in 1892. The stadium was completely redeveloped and upgraded in 1999 and today it is one of the finest football venues in the United Kingdom. The stadium has a spectator arrangement that brings the audience close to the action, it provides an excellent setting for the Opening Ceremony.

Cathkin Braes Mountain Bike Trails

The Cathkin Braes Mountain Bike Trails are an exciting new addition to Glasgow’s sporting landscape. Located on the city’s south side, just 15 minutes from the Athletes’ Village, the trails will host the Mountain Bike competitions and have been created in collaboration with expert designers.

The venue makes the most of the varied terrain of Cathkin Braes Country Park to provide a challenging course for riders. Set against a backdrop of ancient woodland, steep slopes and wide open spaces, the trails offer a spectacular panorama of the city beyond.

Emirates Arena including Velodrome

The Emirates Arena and adjoining Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome in the East End of Glasgow form one of the most versatile structures of its kind in Europe. These state-of-the-art facilities, owned by Glasgow City Council, are located alongside the Athletes’ Village.

The venues might be the new kids on the block, but with more than 10,000 people passing through their doors on opening weekend, they have quickly become a city landmark. As well as hosting international competition, the venues will aid the development of the next generation of elite Scottish athletes and provide first-class facilities for the community.


The Emirates Arena will provide a dramatic setting for the Badminton competition. The action will take place on six courts. In terms of sheer engineering innovation, the Emirates Arena is unparalleled in Scotland and one of the largest facilities of its kind in Europe. The complex includes dance and fitness studios, external multi-court areas and the facility is the administrative hub for several national sports federations and Glasgow Life’s Sports Development unit. The arena is also a national training centre for Athletics, Basketball, Netball, Track Cycling and Volleyball.


Scotland has an outstanding record in international track cycling competition, winning six medals in the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games and three at Delhi 2010. The ambitious design and quality of the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome celebrates this success.
The Velodrome is named in honour of the UK’s most successful Gold-medal winning Olympian and Scottish Commonwealth Games champion. Its 250-metre track has been designed by Ralph Schuermann, one of the world’s foremost track designers.

Glasgow National Hockey Center

Glasgow Green has witnessed centuries of history, but the city’s oldest public park continues to evolve. The latest stage of its development is the creation of the new Glasgow National Hockey Centre. Specially designed to host the Glasgow 2014 Hockey competition, the facility will consist of two synthetic hockey pitches, as well as athlete and official support areas.

Glasgow Green is located close to the City Centre, near the River Clyde, and the park is home to all sorts of interesting features, including the Doulton Fountain and the magnificent Victorian People’s Palace Museum and Winter Gardens. Glasgow Green will also host the start and finish points of the Marathon and the Road Cycling and Time Trial events.

Hampden Park

At one time the world's largest stadium, Glasgow’s famous Hampden Park will play host to the Track and Field Athletics competitions and the XX Commonwealth Games Closing Ceremony. Hampden Park is an iconic place not only for Glaswegians, but also for all Scots as it is home to the national football team.

Hampden will undergo a transformation for Glasgow 2014 – the playing surface will be raised by 1.9 metres to transform the stadium from a football venue into an international-standard Track and Field facility. A warm-up track and jump areas will be created next to the stadium at Lesser Hampden, with secure, direct access from this site into the main stadium. Further improvements will be carried out at both Hampden and Lesser Hampden, leaving a sporting legacy after the Games.

Ibrox Stadium

Ibrox Stadium, home of the famous Rangers Football Club, will host the Rugby Sevens competition. Built in 1899, the stadium has a long sporting history and has seen many stars grace the pitch. It provides a spectacular setting with superb sightlines and an intense, intimate atmosphere, which will heighten the drama of the Rugby Sevens competition.

Kelvin Grove Lawn Bowl's Center

The Kelvingrove Lawn Bowls Centre is located approximately 1.9 miles west of Glasgow city centre, on the north of the River Clyde.

The Kelvingrove Lawn Bowls Centre will host the Lawn Bowls competitions. Owned by Glasgow City Council, the centre has one of the most dramatic settings of all the Games venues, situated next to the magnificent Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum and overlooked by the equally spectacular Victorian edifice of Glasgow University.

There is a long tradition of bowls at Kelvingrove and over a period of two years, from 2010 to 2011, the facility was upgraded to international standard with the reconstruction of five bowling greens. Additional seating has been installed for the Games, so spectators can enjoy both the sport and the setting.

Royal Commonwealth Pool

Diving will be held at the Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh, located 45 miles to the east of Glasgow.

With Arthur’s Seat outside and award-winning architecture inside, Edinburgh’s Royal Commonwealth Pool offers a dramatic setting for the Diving competitions. The original Royal Commonwealth Pool was designed by RMJM Architects in 1967 for the Edinburgh 1970 Commonwealth Games and it was used again for Edinburgh 1986. Owned by City of Edinburgh Council, the venue has undergone major refurbishment, including the upgrading of the diving pool to meet international standards.

The building was nominated in 2002 by the Architecture Heritage Society of Scotland as one of the most significant modern contributions to Scottish heritage.

Scotstoun Sports Campus

The Scotstoun Sports Campus is located approximately four miles to the west of Glasgow city centre, on the north of the River Clyde.

The multi-faceted Scotstoun Sports Campus will form one of the precincts of the Games, hosting both the Squash and Table Tennis competitions. Owned by Glasgow City Council and recently refurbished, the venue is already a popular sporting and community resource which includes the National Badminton Academy, indoor tennis centre and other fitness facilities.

At Games Time Scotstoun will make good use of its six new permanent squash courts for singles matches, with the capability of conversion to four doubles courts. It will also feature a glass-walled show court; ensuring spectators get a great view of the action.

The Table Tennis competitions will be played across two show courts and eight match courts.

SECC Precinct

The Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC) Precinct is located approximately 1.7 miles west of Glasgow city centre, on the north bank of the River Clyde.

The SECC Precinct will form the largest venue precinct of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. It will host the competitions for six sports – Gymnastics, Boxing, Judo, Netball, Wrestling and Weightlifting/Powerlifting. During Games Time it will also be the home of the International Broadcast Centre and Main Press Centre.

Stratchclyde Country Park

The Triathlon event will take place in Strathclyde Country Park, on the south-eastern edge of Glasgow. This satellite venue is a popular destination for recreation and a range of sporting events, including rowing, sailing and cycling. For the Triathlon competition, Strathclyde Loch will be used for swimming, with the cycling and running stages taking place along the surrounding network of roads and pathways.

Tollcross International Swimming Center

The Tollcross International Swimming Centre is located approximately 3.3 miles to the east of Glasgow’s city centre, on the north bank of the River Clyde.

The drama of the Swimming competitions will be played out at Tollcross International Swimming Centre. The venue is owned by Glasgow City Council and has been extensively refurbished and extended. The existing 50 metre, 10-lane pool has been joined by a new 50m, six-lane warm-up and training pool, ensuring world-class facilities for the Games.

Barry Buddon Shooting Center

All Glasgow 2014 Shooting events will take place at the Barry Buddon Shooting Centre, which sits within the Ministry of Defense’s training camp, located in Carnoustie on Scotland’s beautiful east coast.

The shooting events are to be located in a combination of existing and temporary international standard ranges allowing spectators to experience all the shooting events on one site across;

An existing Full Bore range

Three temporary Shotgun ranges

Enclosed ranges comprising of a temporary combined10/50 metre range and a temporary 25 metre range


The Medals

Sources: (Official Website)

Kollam Rising
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Hockey is the only major team sport in CWG. Football should have been included in the common welath games and it would have given a much needed attraction especially as the games is taking place in UK. Even T20 cricket would have been a great attraction as cricket is basically a game played in the common wealth countries.

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Hockey is the only major team sport in CWG. Football should have been included in the common welath games and it would have given a much needed attraction especially as the games is taking place in UK. Even T20 cricket would have been a great attraction as cricket is basically a game played in the common wealth countries.
Cricket is not in CWG because of BCCI. In fact BCCI didn't allow India to participate in the last Asian Games.

The Practical Idealist.
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Discussion Starter · #6 · (Edited)

Olympic Silver Medallist Mr. Vijaykumar would be India's flag bearer at the CWG 2014

London 2012 silver medallist Vijay Kumar will be the Indian flag-bearer at the opening ceremony of the 20th Commonwealth Games here on Wednesday.

Disclosing this information to The Hindu, the chef-de-mission of the Indian contingent Raj Singh said that the Indian Olympic Association had initially decided in favour of Beijing 2008 gold medallist Abhinav Bindra, but the shooter declined to do the honours as his event was to take place on Thursday.

“Accordingly, it was a toss-up between Vijay Kumar and wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt, before we firmed up the shooter,” he said.

As on Monday, 152 Indian athletes out of 221 cleared to participate in the Games have checked in at the Athletes Village.

The Indian team had its flag ceremony at the Athletes Village on Sunday, when the tricolour was hoisted in the presence of the athletes and officials.

Commenting on the preparations of the Indian contingent, Mr. Singh said the morale of all the team members was high. “They are all preparing well for the competitions ahead and I hope the contingent will return home with flying colours.”

Vijay Kumar was the best shooter at the London Olympics, winning silver in the rapid-fire pistol event.

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Discussion Starter · #7 · (Edited)
Indian Contingent at the CWG 2014

The 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games (CWG)is set to begin here in Glasgow, Scotland from 23rd July to 3rd August 2014. This will be the largest multisport event ever held in Scotland with more than 4,000 competing athletes. There will be 71 nations participating in this event making it one of the largest Commonwealth Games held till date. The 2014 Glasgow CWG will have 17 sports and 261 medals in all.

India on its part has fielded their second largest contingent ever with 215 athletes and will be competing in 14 out of 17 disciplines at play.India will hope to better their tally of 101 medals they won in 2010 Delhi CWG. It is widely expected that India will be able to better their total of 101 medals. If this happens, it will be only the second time in the history of competitions that India would have won more than 100 medals.

Let’s now look at the 9 disciplines in which India is expected to win medals and retain their second spot -

1. Gymnastics – India would be hoping for a Gold medal from Ashish Kumar when he gets to the floor in Glasgow. Ashish had won silver and a bronze in the men’s floor exercises and vault in the 2010 Games in Delhi.In women’s drawIndia’s hopes for a medal rely on Dipa Karmakar.

2. Men Boxing – Here again India would be hoping to better their tally of seven medals which they won in the previous edition of CWG. India would be looking to better this number and they have the team to succeed. The medal prospects for India in Men Boxing include – Vijender Singh, L Devendro Singh, Manoj Kumar and Sumit Sangwan.

3. Women Boxing – The women boxing is making a debut in CWG. The Indian medal prospects in this event are Pinki Jangra, who qualified ahead of star boxer Mary Komand will compete in 51 kg category, Sarita Devi in 60 kg and Pooja Rani in 75 kg category.

4. Athletics –India would be competing in both men and women athletic events and has high hopes from Krishna Poonia who won gold in Women’s discus throw in Delhi CWG to repeat the heroics. The country is hoping for a better show from its largest team in the event and medals are expected from Vikas Gowda in Men’s Discus throw, Kamalpreet Singh in Men’s Hammer throw, Annu Rani in Women’s Javelin throw and from men’s 4 x 400 Relay team that comprises of Rajiv Arokia, Kunhu Mohammed, Sachin Roby, Lalit Mathur, Jithu Baby, Jibin Sebasti.

5. Shooting – This is one event where India would be hoping to strike rich and better its tally of 14 gold, 11 silver and 5 bronze medals, the team won in Delhi four years back. Vijay Kumar, India’s Olympic silver medalist pistol shooter, Gagan Narang and Omkar Singh are all expected to better their individual tally of three medals each, they won in last CWG. Medals are also expected from Abhinav Bindra and Manavjit Singh Sandhu in men’s event and Heena Sidhu,Meena Kumari and Anisa Sayyed in women’s event.

6. Table Tennis–India’s challenge in table tennis will be spearheaded by Sharath Kamal, a gold medalist in the last two commonwealth games. Sharath will be assisted by Soumyajit Ghosh and Harmeet Desai in the men’s event. India’s challenge in the women’s category will be led by K. Shamini.

7. Badminton -India is pinning their hopes on P V Sindhu and the pair of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa to replicate their success in badminton that they achieved in 2010.

8. Wrestling– This is the most anticipated event from the Indian point of view. The Indian contingent is led by two time Olympic medalist Sushil Kumar and bronze medalist at the London Olympics Yogeshwar Dutt. The team also has both,Pawan Kumar and Satyavart Kadian, who won gold at Commonwealth Wrestling Championship in South Africa last year. In Women’s category India’s hope rest on Babita Phogat.

9. Weightlifting – India would be looking to add on to their total of 8 medals they won in last CWG. Leading their campaign would be Katulu Ravi Kumar and Sukhen Dey in men’s category and Sanjita Chanu and Vandna Gupta in women’s category.
14 expert committees to boost medal hopes for CWG, Asian Games

The Sports Authority of India has put in place 14 high-level expert committees, which have been mandated to identify the country's medal prospects and provide them with specialised training in the run up to the Commonwealth Games and Asian Games to be held later this year.

The committees have been formed for 14 sporting disciplines including shooting, weightlifting, boxing, archery, athletics, judo, badminton and wushu among others.

Every committee will have 4-6 members each. It will comprise of concerned federation officials, SAI-appointed coaches, and sports experts.

The committees will primarily have three functions to perform - identification of core probables in their respective sport who would form the part of the training programme; identification of medal prospects out of these core probables; and identification of specialised training needs of selected athletes.

"These committees will function till the Commonwealth Games and Asian Games. The committees will help in identifying the medal prospects who require specialised training and monetary support," SAI secretary Neeraj Kansal said.

"The committees have started working from this month. First meeting of the shooting committee has already taken place and based on its recommendation, we sanctioned Rs 50 lakh each to four shooters for training abroad," he said.

Kansal informed that each committee will visit training and coaching camps, hold interaction with athletes and meet fortnightly to prepare the list of athletes.

This is the first time that SAI has come up with such an initiative and the committees have been formed to build on and enhance India's medal standing at future Games.

Based on the recommendations of respective committees, SAI will work with athletes for the podium finish at the Games, along with developing them for future events.

"This new initiative will deepen India's competitive prospects at the CWG and Asian Games and ensure that we continue to advance internationally," said another SAI official.

Hope India retains her second spot in the overall medals tally.

The Practical Idealist.
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Discussion Starter · #8 · (Edited)
The Indian Hockey Team


Time for Indian hockey to take a bold step forward

After re-defining the art of playing well and losing at the World Cup, Indian men get an opportunity to make amends in Glasgow.

A relatively easy group - with Australia being the only strong contenders - increases India's chances of making it to the semifinals and even winning a medal.

But knowing the team's unpredictable ways in the recent past, it would be ideal to take one match at a time.

Silver medallists at the last edition in New Delhi - where they came a poor second after being crushed 8-0 by the Ric Charlesworth-coached Australia - India face lowly Wales in their first match on July 25 followed by Scotland.

Their first serious challenge comes on July 29 against top-ranked Australia, who continue to be the favourites despite the absence of coach Charlesworth, defender Liam de Young, midfielder Rob Hammond, who have all retired, and Jamie Dwyer. They round off their league phase with the match against the 12th-ranked South Africa on July 31.

What will stand India in good stead in Glasgow is their match fitness. Having taken on the best in the World Cup, they would be raring to go against relatively weaker teams at CWG. But inherent weaknesses which haven't been addressed in a long time could hinder their progress.

In recent times, India have earned the dubious distinction of being a team with a couple of outstanding players than an outfit of great potential. The World Cup saw PR Sreejesh excelling under the bar and Gurbaj Singh and Sardar doing their jobs well in the midfield. The forward line was hardly mentioned in the same breath nor were the penalty corner specialists VR Raghunath and Rupinder Pal Singh.

The return of the experienced Gurwinder Chandi and Danish Mujtaba - an obvious result of the postmortem following the World Cup debacle - will no doubt strengthen the team. Chandi's shooting abilities and Mujtaba's role as provider will lend variety to the attack.

But the downside is the number of hours these two players - who have been out of the Indian team for months owing to injuries - have put in until now to jell as a group with their teammates.

The team would want the duo of Raghunath and Rupinder to deliver with their drag-flicks, particularly after the lean patch in recent months.

Indian women, led by midfielder Ritu Rani, face a tougher task in Glasgow. A fruitful 'test' series recently against Malaysia has got them match-ready but with as many as 12 junior players and without the experienced Chanchan Devi and Binita, who are injured, 13th-ranked India may have to play out of their skin to make it to the knockout stage.

Winners in Manchester (2002) and silver medallists in Melbourne four years later, India struggled in New Delhi before finishing fifth.

This time, they are up against New Zealand (ranked 4th) and South Africa (11th) in the league stage. A victory against either team and strong finishes against Canada and Trinidad & Tobago can help them enter the semifinals. A tall ask, by any yardstick. Medal chances, as such, seem remote.

Defending champions Australia, who have risen dramatic ally in the rankings from seventh to second, are in line for another gold with New Zealand and England (6th) likely to pose a stiff challenge to their hegemony.
The women's team

Indian women hockey team departs for Commonwealth Games

Riding high on their recent clean sweep against Malaysia, the Ritu Rani-led Indian women hockey team is headed off to Edinburgh (Scotland) from the national capital on Wednesday for the 20th edition of the Commonwealth Games starting July 23.

India, who handed Malaysia a 6-0 series whitewash in the tune-up to the CWG, will take on Canada in their first game on July 24 followed by a head-on with New Zealand, Trinidad & Tobago and South Africa.

Midfielder Ritu, with 179 caps, is upbeat about the teams' showing with vice-captain and defender Deepika Kumari is also positive about the 16-member team doing well.

"The team is showing major signs of improvement and is well in rhythm as we underwent plenty of training camps including the Malaysian Tour, keeping the team well in shape. The success of the Malaysian tour is definitely a plus point as the junior team members are motivated more than ever and will help them gain experience to take on bigger challenges, said captain Ritu.

"Last time we could not make it to the semi-finals but this year we are looking at a podium finish and are positive about doing so," she added.

The team has been seen practicing rigorously at NSNIS, Patiala during their preparatory camp and will be continuing the training sessions in Edinburgh and Glasgow till their opening game.

"The preparatory camp went really well and the Malaysian tour was a big boost for the team. It was seen that the players are getting better with their possession but we do have to look out for the fact that 'where we turn the ball' should be worked upon more," said chief coach Neil Hawgood.

"The challenging part will be to make it in the top two and this time we are positive to make it to the semi-finals," he added.

The CWG will see a total of 10 teams divided into two groups. India is placed along with Canada, New Zealand, Trinidad & Tobago and South Africa in Group A.
Indian women's hockey coach Hawgood eyes top-4 finish in CWG

NEW DELHI: He guided India to a historic bronze medal in the junior women's hockey World Cup in 2013, and a year later Neil Hawgood is now eyeing an encore if not better with the senior team in the upcoming Commonwealth Games, beginning July 23.

The Indian eves could not have asked for a better preparation ahead of the Glasgow Games as they routed Malaysia 6-0 in an away Test series recently to gain confidence.

Taking a lot of positives from this success, Hawgood has set his sights on at least a semifinal finish in the CWG.
We can win a medal in Glasgow CWG: Rani Rampal

Indian women's hockey team has in it what it takes to secure a podium finish in Glasgow Commonwealth Games if it performs to its full potential, striker Rani Rampal said on Monday.

19-year-old Rampal, who has earned 111 international caps so far, was speaking after the training session of the Indian team at the University of Edinburgh's Peffermill sports complex.

"If we do our best we can definitely win a medal. It all depends on our performance and how we manage on the day of the game. In India, so many people have expectations for us to do well in these Commonwealth Games and we also hope we can do our best because if we do well, then people will be happy," she said.
Ritusha can prove to be a big threat to the opponents: Rani

Heaping praise on her young teammate Ritusha Arya, the Indian women hockey team's senior member Rani Rampal on Saturday said the youngster is currently in her best form and could prove to be a big threat to the opponents at the upcoming Commonwealth Games, starting on July 23.

The Indian women's team forward, Ritusha is at an all time high after her 'highest goal scorer' recognition in the recently-concluded Malaysian Tour and Rani believes that she could be the key player during the competition.

"Ritusha Arya with her 15 caps has proved to be a big threat to the defence of the opponent during our tour to Malaysia as well as the recent international matches that we have played," Rani said.

The Men's team

India men's hockey team departs to Glasgow for CWG

The Indian men's hockey team led by midfielder Sardar Singh left for Glasgow on Sunday morning for the upcoming Commonwealth Games to be held from July 23 to August 3.

The Indian team will play its opening game against Wales on July 25, followed by matches against hosts Scotland, Australia and South Africa during the tournament.

Goalkeeper PR Sreejesh, who recently completed his 100th international cap, will shoulder the responsibility as the vice-captain of the side.

The team had been practicing different patterns during the training sessions at Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium here during last three weeks, and the chief coach Terry Walsh expressed confident of his players implementing the tactics and strategies well in the matches, and end the tournament on a high.

"The preparatory camp was productive as it helped us to work on the areas that the team was lacking in. The team is all pepped up and confident of performing well in the Games ahead. We are sure that we will end the tournament on a high note and take the form onto the Asian Games," said Walsh.

Before departing for the Commonwealth Games, captain Sardar Singh said, "We have been working really hard in the last few weeks since the World Cup. We showcased in the World Cup that we have the capabilities to give any team a tough time. We are looking forward to our first game in the CWG and the aim is to start on a winning note.

"The team is fully motivated and will look to draw inspiration from our silver medal finish at the previous edition of the Commonwealth Games in 2010."

The Commonwealth Games will see a total of 10 teams playing in two pools. While India are placed along with Wales, Scotland, Australia and South Africa in Pool A, Canada, England, Malaysia, New Zealand and Trinidad & Tobago are placed in Pool B.

India men's team match schedule at CWG:

July 25: vs Wales at 13:30 IST

July 26: vs Scotland at 20:30 IST

July 29: vs Australia at 18:30 IST

July 31: vs South Africa at 20:30 IST.
Improvement is Walsh's main objective in Glasgow CWG

Following a disappointing World Cup campaign, Indian men's hockey team chief coach Terry Walsh is not expecting anything miraculous from his wards in the upcoming Commonwealth Games and has set 'improvement' as the main objective in the quadrennial event.

India finished a lowly ninth in the recent World Cup at The Hague, Netherlands but Walsh said, notwithstanding, the result his wards are growing as a team with every passing day.

"Our big objective (in CWG) is to improve our game and finish in the top two in our pool and then move into the crossover situations. It's an important tournament leading to the Asian Games. So we are looking for improvement during the tournament. Our objective is to grow during the tournament," the Australian said during a practice session at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium on Friday.
Aiming to reach the CWG final: Sardar

The Indian hockey team was routed by Australia in the final of the Delhi Commonwealth Games in 2010. Four years on, Indian captain Sardar Singh believes that reaching the final in Glasgow and beating Australia are realistic goals.

"We are fit and prepared for the Games. The way we played Australia in the second half of the World Cup gave us the confidence that we can beat any team," Sardar said on Friday.

"Penalty-corner conversion and conceding goals in the last minutes have been our weak areas, but we have worked hard on them," he added. India had finished ninth in the World Cup last month.
India need to overcome 'away' challenges in Glasgow: Dwyer

As in cricket, India are a formidable hockey side in their own den but if the erstwhile giants of the game want to play in their second consecutive Commonwealth Games final they will need to overcome challenges away from home, feels Australian legend Jamie Dwyer.

Dwyer would love to see an India-Australia duel in the final of the upcoming Commonwealth Games to be held in Glasgow from July 24 to August 3, but he said for that to happen the Sardar Singh-led side will have to "play to their potential".

"One thing I always worry about the current India team is their ability to play away from home. Like their cricket team, the hockey players are unbelievable in India and they thrive in playing in their own country," the 35-year-old mercurial Australian striker told PTI in an exclusive interview from Perth.
Fit-again Danish wants to support Sardar in Glasgow CWG

Back in the national fold after recovering from a knee injury, experienced midfielder Danish Mujtaba wants to provide as much support as possible to captain Sardar Singh in Indian hockey team's campaign at the upcoming Commonwealth Games.

Danish, who was suffering from a knee injury since May last year, was part of the squad that went on a preparatory tour to The Hague, Netherlands just ahead of the World Cup but did not find a place in the main team for the quadrennial event, where India finished a lowly ninth.

"I made a comeback in the team. My focus will be to support captain Sardar Singh in the midfield and in the process provide the required balance to both the forward line as well as the defence," he said.
Gurwinder Singh Chandi will strengthen forward line: Terry Walsh

India hockey coach Terry Walsh feels Gurwinder Singh Chandi's re-induction into the team after more than a year in wilderness will add quite a bit of zing to the side's attack in the upcoming Commonwealth Games.

The forward line-up of the Indian team has S V Sunil (137 caps), Gurwinder Singh Chandi (97 caps), Akashdeep (41 caps), Ramandeep Singh (11 caps) and Nikkin Thimmaiah (11 caps).

Speaking on his comeback, Chandi said, "I am happy that I am back in the Indian team and that too for a big tournament, the Commonwealth Games. Although the comeback took me one and a half years but I utilised this period to work on my game which I will be using to my strength during the Commonwealth Games.

The Practical Idealist.
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Discussion Starter · #9 ·
The Indian Boxing Team

Boxers can fly India colours at CWG

Almost after a year and a half, Indian boxers will be able to participate under the national flag at the Commonwealth Games.

Ahead of the mega event in Glasgow, the International Boxing Association (AIBA) has allowed the Indian pugilists to don India colours and raise the national flag.

Ever since the Indian Amateur Boxing Federation ( IABF) was suspended by AIBA in December 2012, the boxers have been participating in international events under the AIBA flag. But ahead of the Glasgow Games, this move by the international body has come as a surprise.

"The AIBA has allowed us to raise the Indian flag when our boxers win medals. They will also be allowed to don India colours during the tournament," said Kishen Narsi, India's representative to AIBA.

But as of now, this is limited only for the Commonwealth Games. With Boxing India postponing its elections, AIBA is yet to lift its suspension on India. And, if a permanent body is not set up before the Asian Games, the boxers might have to participate under the international body flag in the future too.

The boxing fraternity, however, hailed the AIBA move.

"This is certainly a big boost for our boxers, and will help them perform better in Glasgow. We hope to give a better show this time," national coach GS Sandhu said.

The men's team will leave for Glasgow on Tuesday, while the women's team, participating in the CWG for the very first time, will depart on July 20.
Indian boxers have a point to prove at CWG

The Indian boxers had packed some punch at the Delhi Commonwealth Games four years back, winning seven medals at the Talkatora Indoor stadium to secure the second place.

The team went to the London Olympics with high expectations and while the men failed to make a mark, debutant MC Mary Kom broke the ceiling, her bronze medal giving Indian boxing its first Olympic medal in the women's section. It was also only the second Olympic medal in boxing for India - the first was won by Vijender Singh in Beijing Games.

The sport has since progressed but the achievements have been overshadowed by a power struggle within the Indian Boxing Federation. The infighting led to the provisional suspension of the Indian boxers - who were banned from representing India - in the international arena by the world governing body AIBA in December, 2012.

The boxers were later allowed to participate under the AIBA flag, not the tricolour.

The whole of last year, media coverage has been focused on the politics governing the sport, pushing into the background some remarkable achievements by the boxers. The boxers created history in the Invitational FXTM International Limassol Boxing Cup held in Cyprus, winning 10 medals - 4 gold, 3 silver and 3 bronze - to claim the top rank and bag the Boxing Cup.

Five Indians had reached the quarterfinals of the World Championship for the first time.

The team for the Glasgow Games is a blend of youth and experience which includes the likes of Devendro Singh (49 kg), Shiva Thapa (52 kg), Manoj Kumar (64 kg), Olympic medallist Vijender Singh (75 kg), Sumit Sangwan (81 kg) and Praveen More (+91 kg).

Devendro and Shiva, who made their debut in the senior category together, are ranked World No. 3 in their respective weight categories. Commonwealth Games gold medallist Manoj Kumar is ranked 8th while Vijender has slipped to 13th position.

Devendro, who missed the World Championship due to injury sustained during the selection trial, has impressed everyone with his speed and aggression. He won a gold medal in Boxing Cup in Hungary. He followed it up with a top performance in Cyprus and a silver medal in the Asian Boxing Championship (Amman). The performance of Indians has made the world take notice.

Shiva and Sumit were picked up by USA Knockouts for the World Series Boxing.

The duo, failed to earn the desired results but the experience will help them make a mark in Glasgow. Sumit is ranked 13th in the world.

Olympian Manoj Kumar (64kg) is capable of repeating his gold-winning performance. World No. 8 Manoj lost a close bout to World No. 1 Munkh-Erdene of Mongolia in the Asian Championship. His experience and sheer hard work in the ring always make him a tough customer. In the welterweight category (69kg), fast-rising Mandeep Jangra is ranked 12th in the AIBA rankings.

For Vijender, the Olympics and World Championship bronze medalist, life has been nothing short of a roller-coaster ride.

The Bhiwani boxer failed to repeat his Beijing performance in London and was in the middle of a drug scandal at the start of last year. The boxer-turned-actor came out clean, acted in a Bollywood film in between, and has been sweating it out to be back in form. It's redemption time for him.

The squad will miss the experienced Dinesh Kumar (91kg), Asian Games silver medallist, who sustained injuries in a road accident a month ago.

Women's boxing will be making its debut in Glasgow. The Indian contingent includes Pinki Jangra (48 kg), who out punched five-time world champion Mary Kom in the selection trials, L Sarita Devi (60kg) and Pooja Rani (75kg).

If the women maintain the temperament shown during the trials, they are capable of beating any boxer on their day.
Boxers hoping to pack a punch at Glasgow

It's been a topsy-turvy affair for Indian boxing in the past couple of years. With the International Boxing Association (AIBA) suspending the Indian Amateur Boxing Federation (IABF), the Indian pugilists have been the worst sufferers. But ahead of the Commonwealth Games, the boxers are hoping to put up a good performance despite the odds.

Caught in the AIBA-IABF tussle, the boxers were deprived of participating in National championships and foreign tours. And even though the world body has given provisional recognition to the newly-formed Boxing India, things haven't changed much for the boxers. However, the eight-member men's team, which left for Glasgow on Tuesday, insisted that they would put up a brave fight.

"It's like straightaway appearing for a competitive examination without taking the preparatory tests. While most of the countries took part in international tourneys, we couldn't. But we have worked really hard in the camp and also have fair experience. That should count," Vijender Singh, who will lead the Indian challenge in CWG, told TOI.
Indian coaches allowed at ringside in CWG boxing: Sources

There was good news for Indian boxers at the Commonwealth Games starting on Wednesday in Glasgow with the world body AIBA reversing its original stand of not allowing coaches to second them at ringside during bouts.

A communication received from AIBA to a senior boxing official said that the world boxing body has communicated that "Indian coaches will be allowed to second the boxers and be at ringside during the Games," concluding on August 3, sources said.

Boxing competition starts on July 25. In what appeared to be a case of misunderstanding, India's boxing coaches at the Games had earlier been barred from occupying ringside seats during bouts due to the country's termination from AIBA.

A communication to this effect from the competition organisers was received by the Indian Olympic Association last Tuesday.

AIBA suspended IBF first in 2012 and then terminated it in March this year stating that the then set of office-bearers were "damaging the image, reputation and interest" of the sport.

Later, in May there was a meeting in Lausanne between AIBA President Dr Ching-Kuo Wu and the IOA President, N Ramachandran, to discuss issues related to boxing in India.

"AIBA received full support from the IOA with regards to the selection of the new AIBA member for India. Further to this agreement, AIBA immediately informed the IOA of the AIBA Executive Committee decision of May 14 to accept Boxing India as the new National Federation," AIBA stated.

"But no Indian official or manager or ringside judges can attend international events (till new body Boxing India gets full recognition of AIBA after due election process). Probably the CWG organisers have misunderstood that this includes coaches too," the source had earlier indicated.

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Aaah!!! The very infamous CWG is back. Still the memories of 2010 keep haunting.

Best of Luck to the Indian contingent. Keep the tricolor flying high.
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