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      We take this opportunity to congratulate our national team
      for their performance in the 17th Commonwealth Games at

      SOCM – FORUM Members & Moderators.
      Indian sports get a shot in the arm with Commonwealth performance


      NEW DELHI: Sports in India got a shot in the arm when its contingent
      garnered an unprecedented tally of medals to finish third and create
      history at the 17th Commonwealth Games at Manchester.

      India's tally of 72 medals (32 gold, 21 silver and 19 bronze medals)
      was third behind sports powerhouses Australia (82, 62, 62, total 206)
      and hosts England (54, 51, 60, total 165).

      The contingent, comprising 107 athletes, was the largest that India
      has ever sent to any Commonwealth Games. But the selection of such a
      large number of athletes was justified to an extent, particularly in
      the case of shooting, weightlifting and wrestling, as these
      disciplines won the maximum medals.

      While shooters, who are always begging and borrowing ammunition at
      home, won 23 medals, including 15 gold, weightlifters clinched a
      total of 30, comprising 13 gold.

      However, wrestling, which is India's traditional medal bank along
      with weightlifting, could only muster six medals, including three

      Although it is a matter of great pride for the shooters and
      weightlifters to have won so many medals, India hardly made its
      presence felt in other disciplines.

      India participated in 10 disciplines but won only two gold medals in
      the rest of the seven -- athletics, badminton, boxing, gymnastics,
      women's hockey, judo and table tennis.

      Light flyweight boxer Mohammad Ali Qamar and the women's hockey team
      were the other winners.

      But there was some consolation in the form of the historic bronze
      that long jumper Anju Bobby George won, the silver shot putter Neelam
      J. Singh bagged and a couple of other medals that the paddlers and
      judokas won.

      While the shooters, weightlifters and wrestlers deserve all the
      accolades, sports administrators will need to take a second look at
      the other disciplines in which India took part at Manchester.

      Individually, shooters Jaspal Rana and Anjali Bhagwat led the
      onslaught with four gold medals each while veteran weightlifter
      Kunjarani Devi snatched three gold to underline that she was still a
      force to reckon with, despite official apathy.

      Pistol ace Jaspal, 26, was the toast of the country as besides the
      four gold (including two in pairs events), he also won a silver medal
      (pairs event) and a bronze. Anjali, 32, quiet and unassuming by
      nature, let her rifle speak on her behalf as she also shot two gold
      in pairs events and two in singles.

      For Indian sportspersons, who are almost always without good
      equipment, sufficient infrastructure and efficient coaches, it was a
      grand surprise to see so many shooters, weightlifters and wrestlers
      finish at the top.

      It is a testimony to their ability to adjust to the alien conditions
      in Manchester and then go on to beat their fancied rivals. Only the
      shooters were already in Europe, where they participated in the World
      Championship in Finland. The rest of contingent went from India,
      where climatic conditions are entirely different from those in

      The only blot on India's magnificent performance was the positive
      drug test of weightlifter Krishnan Madasamy, who had won three silver
      medals in the 62-kg category. An acceptable level of 19-
      Norandrosterone, a metabolic Nandrolone, was found in his urine
      sample and the organisers took his medals back.

      The next big test for Indian athletes will be the Busan Asian Games
      in October. Till then, there is time for officials and athletes to
      take a close look at the Commonwealth Games performance and try to
      raise the bar further.

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