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Incheon Comes Alive With Asiad

SEPTEMBER 18, 2014

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Incheon Comes Alive With Asiad


A cricket-crazy India has been improving its performance in Olympics of late though even now, it has a lone individual Olympic gold medallist - shooter Abhinav Bindra. Here are some important things to know about the Indian squad ar the Asian Games in Incheon, where the games kickstart in a few hours from now:


The India contingent boasts of Mary Kom, who had bagged the boxing bronze at the London Olympics. Mary Kom was a brand ambassador for the 2010 Commonwealth Games in India despite women's boxing not being part of the programme.


India enjoyed an excellent past record at the Olympics, but it has not been able to replicate this success in the Asian Games. India has won the Asian Games gold only twice in 1966 and 1998 - both in Bangkok. Pakistan has dominated at the Asian Games with eight gold medals, the high point being a 7-1 drubbing in New Delhi in the 1982 final.



India's youngest participant here will be 12-year-old Chitresh Tatha, who will compete in sailing. Tatha, who will entered in a dinghy category, has participated many times globally. Tatha was selected after an outstanding performance in trials where he won eight of the 15 races and finished among the top five in the rests.


Several top Indian athletes are giving a miss to the Incheon Games, including wrestler Sushil Kumar. The Beijing Olympics bronze winner Vijender Singh and badminton player Jwala Gutta are out due to injuries while most tennis players have opted out to focus on the ATP circuit. Somdev Devvarman, Leander Paes and Rohan Bopanna are also out. Sania Mirza initially withdrew but will now be competing in Incheon.


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