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India is a sports-loving country. Earlier, Cricket was the only famous and watched sport in our country. With passing time and with the contribution of players like PV Sindhu, Saina Nehwal, Sunil Chhetri, etc the awareness about sports like Badminton, Hockey, Tennis and Football are increasing day by day.
The 18th Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang are starting this weekend and Indians have high expectations from sports people. Two days before the start of Asian Games 2018, India was welcomed into the Athlete’s Village in Jakarta with a traditional flag-raising ceremony yesterday.
The chef de mission Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh represented the nation at the ceremony.
The Asian Games 2018 will begin on August 18 in Jakarta and Palembang, Indonesia with an opening ceremony at GBK main stadium in Jakarta. The multi-sport event will go on till September 2 with the closing ceremony set to happen on the same day in Jakarta.
India has participated in the Asian Games every time so this will be India’s 18th appearance.
Here is some Indian sportsperson to look forward to in the Asian Games 2018.
Badminton – PV Sindhu, Saina Nehwal, and Kidambi Srikanth
Wrestling – Bajrang Punia, Sushil Kumar, and Vinesh Phogat
Shooting – Manu Bhaker
Athletics – Hima Das, Neeraj Chopra, Seema Punia, and Dutee Chand
Tennis – Ramkumar Ramanthan, Rohan Bopanna, and Divij Sharan
Boxing – Vikas Krishan, Shiva Thapa, and Sonia Lather
Gymnastics – Dipa Karmakar
Table Tennis – Manika Batra
India is participating in 34 sports out of the total 40. There are at least 312 men and 258 women athletes from India who will be participating in the sporting extravaganza. India won 57 medals at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea that included 37 bronze, 9 silver, and 11 gold medals.
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