Indian sailors have been doing very well lately and fans have high hopes of them achieving glory in Birmingham.
India are world men’s team champions after winning their maiden Thomas Cup title a few months ago, and Sindhu is in fine form after winning the Singapore Open earlier this month. He will be the favorite to win the temporary men’s singles title, Singapore’s world champion Luo Kin Yew and Malaysia’s Lee Zi Jia rank higher than the Indians and will be the favorites to win the title.
India, who emerged as the most successful team at the Gold Coast 2018 with six medals – like Great Britain with the lowest silver medalist, are the defending champions of the mixed team competition after winning won the title four years ago on the Gold Coast ahead of Malaysia. They have stars in their ranks like former world No. 1 and former world champion PV Sindhu, two-time Olympic medalist, Kedambi Srikanth, world championship silver medalist in December 2021 and Lakshya Sen, championship bronze medalist of the world who got off to a good start for the year He won the Indian Open and finished second at the All England Championships in Birmingham.
Other than Pakistan, the other teams in Group A are Australia and Sri Lanka in the four-team preliminary round. The other three groups in the 16-team tournament are Group B: hosts England, Singapore, Mauritius and Barbados; Group C: Canada, Scotland, Maldives and Uganda, while Group D will have second seeds Malaysia, South Africa, Jamaica and Zambia, replacing Nigeria, who withdrew after a draw a few weeks ago.
The top two teams after the preliminaries advance to the knockout quarter-finals.
Earlier on Thursday, two-time Olympic medalist PV Sindhu and captain of India’s men’s hockey team Manpreet Singh led India as the flag bearers in the parade of athletes at the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games of 2022 in Birmingham.
The Opening Ceremony of the 22nd Commonwealth Games was held to great fanfare and in front of around 30,000 spectators, with the best from Birmingham and the rest of England.
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