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Commonwealth Games 2022 haul shows India's game for diverse sports

At the Gold Coast, India's medals came from eight different sports, four fewer than this time

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Commonwealth Games | Sports in India | athletics

Vaibhav Raghunandan  |  New Delhi 



Gold medalist Indian players Achanta Sharath Kamal, Harmeet Desai, Sanil Shetty and Sathiyan Gnanasekaran during the presentation ceremony of the table tennis men’s team event, at the Commonwealth Games 2022 (CWG), in Birmingham (Photo: PTI)
Gold medalist Indian players Achanta Sharath Kamal, Harmeet Desai, Sanil Shetty and Sathiyan Gnanasekaran during the presentation ceremony of the table tennis men’s team event, at the Commonwealth Games 2022 (CWG), in Birmingham (Photo: PTI)

Sixty-one medals, across 12 different disciplines, 22 of them gold. A fourth place finish on the medal table. Say it softly, but say it nonetheless. India’s august Commonwealth Games 2022 is a changing of the guard. A blueprint for better times ahead.

That’s despite it not even being as successful as the prior — when our athletes romped home with 66 medals and finished third in the table. The difference is the diversity. At the Gold Coast, India’s medals came from eight different sports, four fewer than this time. What’s more, shooting, India’s traditional medal filler, wasn’t part of Birmingham at all.

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First Published: Tue, August 09 2022. 20:39 IST