New Delhi, MINA — The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) on Tuesday named its 524-member contingent for the upcoming Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang, Indonesia.
The contingent comprises 277 men and 247 women who will participate in 36 sports disciplines.
The athletics team has the most number of participants with 52 members. The country has also selected members for eight new sports, where athletes have shown promise – Karate, Kurash, Pencak Silat, Roller Skating, Sambo, Sepaktakraw, Triathlon and Soft Tennis.
Other disciplines India will participate in are — Archery, Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Boxing, Bowling, Canoe-Kayak (Sprint), Canoe-Kayak (Slalom), Cycling, Equestrian, Fencing, Gymnastics, Golf, Handball, Hockey, Judo, Kabaddi, Rowing, Sailing, Shooting, Squash, Aquatics – Swimming, Aquatics – Diving, Tennis, Taekwondo, Table Tennis, Volleyball, Weightlifting, Wrestling and Wushu.
In June, the IOA had submitted a provisional list to the Union Sports Ministry comprising of 2,370 athletes and officials combined. The list has now been reduced to 524 after athletes have attained the qualification criteria in their respective disciplines for the 2018 games.
In the last Asian Games, held in 2014 in Incheon, the Indian contingent featured a total of i41 athletes competing across 28 disciplines. (T/RS5/RS1)
Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA)