The veteran long jumper, who won a bronze medal at the 2003 World Championships, told Michael at the Indian team’s farewell ceremony in Birmingham in 2022 that she expects 7-13 medals in athletics. India have won just 28 medals in athletics in the history of the Commonwealth Games, and George hopes that this edition will make a difference.
“We are expecting good medals from athletics at the Commonwealth Games because our athletes are doing well in international competitions and if they can do that, we can win 8-13 medals this time around in Birmingham.” India’s only World Athletics Championships medalist Dr.
Neeraj will lead a 37-member athletics team at the Commonwealth Games, participating in a number of disciplines depending on form and fitness.
It has been 19 years since she set the women’s national long jump record with 6.83 meters at the 2004 Athens Olympics. No player in the country has matched that jump. Aishwarya B, a triple jumper from Karnataka, came close to the record when she touched the 6.73m at the National Inter-State Athletics Championships last month. With a jump of 6.73 meters, Aishwarya has qualified for both the Commonwealth Games (triple and long jump) in Birmingham.
When George was asked about his longest record and Aishwarya’s performance, George said that it is sad that the record he set 19 years ago is still intact. George said, “Aishwarya did well in the last event, where she touched 6.73 meters. I’m really glad I still have the marks I got at 19, but that’s not a good sign. So, it’s good to see someone approaching that sign. “
The Asian Games 2022 have been postponed to next year due to the Covid-19 epidemic in China. Asked how challenging it would be for athletes to focus, he said, “Look, the epidemic has pushed the Asian Games forward and we don’t know if they will be held in China next year. But after the World Athletics Championships, the Commonwealth Games are taking place this year. This means that many events are taking place, so the players are fully focused on performing best in the upcoming competitions.
Neeraj Chopra touched the 89.93 mark in the recent European Championships and the Tokyo Olympic gold medalist javelin thrower is very close to reaching the 90-meter mark. Asked about his hopes from the javelin thrower at the Commonwealth Games, he said, “Look when the pressure increases, I think he can cross the 90-meter mark this year.”
Asked about her reaction to India’s Rajya Sabha runner-up PT Usha’s nomination for the Rajya Sabha, she said, “I am really happy and I congratulate her on her nomination to the Rajya Sabha. I am happy that he is from Athletics.”
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