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The Weekly Focus Edition 103

Commonwealth Games Special

The 22nd edition of the Commonwealth Games or CWG 2022 had a grand opening ceremony on 28th July 2022 at the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham, UK. The Multi-Sport Championship is a 12 day sporting tournament ending on 8 August.

When it comes to his CWG medal count in 2022, Australia remains in the lead, followed by the UK and Canada. This is India's 18th Commonwealth Games and is currently in 5th position in the medal tally with 40 medals. In the last edition in 2018 at Gold Coast India had a record 66 medals in the competition. Although breaking that tally with only a couple days left in the competition seems unlikely, this year's performance has nevertheless been a special one.

We have won in various sports including some of which we have never won before. For the first time women’s cricket made its entrance into the commonwealth games, and India have reached the final in that contest as well. India can also break the long jinx of not receiving a gold medal in men’s hockey in the CWG, as the team enters the final with a silver medal assured. India has been the dark horse in the Lawn Bowls sport, winning a historic and surprising gold medal in the women’s lawn bowls sport, and bagging silver in the men’s lawn bowls sport.

India also brought home 12 medals, including 3 gold, in the wrestling events. Vinesh Phogat, Ravi Kumar Dahiya, and Naveen, all participated in a total of 12 events, signing off with a medal in every event. The 3 gold medals in weightlifting came from Mirabai Chanu, Jeremy Lalrinnrunga, and Achinta Sheuli. Wrestling and weightlifting have brought home the most medals out of all the other sports with 12 and 10 medals respectively. Table Tennis, Para-Powerlifting, Athletics, Lawn Bowls, Judo, Badminton, Boxing and Squash fetched the other 18 medals. After these 9 days, India has proved to be a force to reckon with in multiple sports, and we hope to see more Indians achieving success.

Written by Vivaan Dharamshi, Nirvaan Zaveri and Krishnav Bubna

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