Govt gives green signal to 679 members for Asian Games

RSTV Bureau

Ending days of suspense over the Asian Games contingent, the government on Tuesday cleared a 679-member squad that will represent India in the 17th edition of the event to be held in Incheon, South Korea, from September 19 to October 4.

Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Skill Development, Entrepreneurship and Youth Affairs & Sports Sarbananda Sonowal took the decision in consultation with the Prime Mininster Narendra Modi.

The total number of 516 athletes and 163 coaches and support staff are against the original list of 942 participants including 662 athletes and 280 officials sent by the Indian Olympic Association (IOA).

The Sports Authority of India (SAI) had earlier said that it was in favour of strict application of the criteria that in individual events an athlete should be ranked in the top six while it should be a top eight position in team sports.

In Asiad 2010 in Guangzhou, China, we had sent a contingent of 609 athletes plus 324 officials.

The list was sent by the IOA to the Ministry on August 21. As per the Ministry’s guidelines, the list was required to be submitted at least 90 days in advance.
The exercise was undertaken to ensure that the deserving Athletes, Coaches and Supporting Personnel are participating in the Games.

Participating disciplines:

1)Aquatics (Swimming), 2)Archery,3)Athletics,4)Badminton, 5)Basketball, 6)Boxing, 7)Canoeing & Kayaking, 8)Cycling, 9)Equestrian, 10) Football, 11)Golf, 12)Gymnastics, 13)Handball, 14)Hockey, 15)Judo, 16)Kabaddi, 17)Rowing, 18)Sepak Takraw, 19)Shooting, 20) Squash, 21)Taekwondo 22) Table Tennis, 23)Tennis, 24)Volleyball, 25)Wrestling, 26) Wushu, 27)Weightlifting, 28)Yachting.