The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) has announced a massive contingent that includes 277 men and 247 women athletes from across 36 sports disciplines for the Asian Games. Compared to last time’s 541-member contingent, eight new sport disciplines have been added to the tournament.
The contingent will see athletes from a total of 36 sports, namely Archery, Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Boxing, Bowling, Canoe-Kayak (Sprint), Canoe-Kayak (Slalom), Cycling, Equestrian, Fencing, Gymnastics, Golf, Handball, Hockey, Judo, Kabaddi, Karate, Kurash, Pencak Silat, Roller Skating, Rowing, Sailing, Sambo, Sepaktakraw, Shooting, Squash, Aquatics - Swimming, Aquatics - Diving, Tennis, Taekwondo, Triathlon, Soft Tennis, Table Tennis, Volleyball, Weightlifting, Wrestling and Wushu.
Athletics will have the highest number of representation with a total of 52 members participating.
Earlier in June 2018, the IOA had submitted a provisional list to the Sports Ministry which consisted a total of 2370 athletes and officials combined. However, the final list has now been pruned down further to 524 members, which includes the most deserving athletes who have attained the qualification criteria in their respective disciplines. In the 2014 Incheon Asian Games, the Indian contingent featured a total of 541 athletes spread across 28 disciplines. Eight new sports disciplines have been added to the contingent where the country has shown promise, namely Karate, Kurash, Pencak Silat, Roller Skating, Sambo, Sepaktakraw, Triathlon and Soft Tennis.
Congratulating the 524 athletes, Mr. Rajeev Mehta, Secretary General, IOA said, “I would like to wish all the 524 members of the Indian contingent the very best for the 18th Asian Games to be held at Jakarta Palembang 2018. The contingent has been selected keeping in mind the Indian Olympic Association's long-term vision of preparing and encouraging the most deserving athletes for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics based on them attaining qualification criteria."
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