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The Indian Olympic Association had made it mandatory for Commonwealth Games medalists to play in the national sport, but many medalists have pulled out of the Games citing injuries. After Tokyo Olympic gold medalist Neeraj Chopra and bronze medalist wrestler Bajrang, Tokyo bronze medalist Ravi Kumar and Rio Olympic medalist Sakshi Malik will not be seen in the Games.
Asian Games gold medalist Vinesh, Birmingham Commonwealth Games gold medalist Deepak Poonia, weightlifter Jeremy Lalrinnunga, silver medalist Sanket Sargar, Gurdeep Singh will also not play in the National Games. All of them have cited injuries. At the same time, two-time Olympic medalists PV Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth will also not be a part of these games.
Mirabai Chanu will be the attraction
Wrestler Pooja Sihag, who won bronze in 76 kg in Birmingham Commonwealth Games, is also not playing in these games. Recently her husband passed away. Now the main attraction of these games are weightlifter Mirabai Chanu, who won silver in Tokyo Olympics, Achinta Sheuli, who won Birmingham Commonwealth Games gold, wrestler Naveen, Divya Kakran, Pooja Gehlot, Deepak, Mohit, shuttler HS Prannoy, athlete Avinash Sable, triple jumper Aldos. Paul, long jumper Murali Sreeshankar, fencer Bhavani Devi, weightlifter Bindiya Rani. Sindhu has been injured since the Commonwealth Games.
Commonwealth Games gold winner Nayanmoni starts with victory
Commonwealth Games gold medalist lawn bowls player Nayanmoni Saikia won two singles and one team game on Wednesday while playing for Assam in the National Games. She defeated Vaishali Makwana of Gujarat and Bina Shah of West Bengal. Assam team defeated Manipur 33-3. In netball, Gujarat men’s team defeated Punjab 57-33 to reach the semi-finals.
Gujarat will face Group B winners Haryana in the semi-finals. The second semi-final will be held in Delhi and Telangana. West Bengal have entered the semi-finals in Rugby 7. The shooting matches will start from Thursday. London Olympics silver medalist Vijay Kumar will also participate in these.