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Birmingham CWG 2022: Gold medallist Nikhat Zareen, Sharath Kamal named as India’s flagbearers for closing ceremony

The closing ceremony in Birmingham is to take place on Monday, August 8.

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The world boxing champion and the table tennis veteran, Nikhat Zareen and Sharath Kamal have been fittingly named as India’s flag bearers by the Indian Olympic Association for the closing ceremony in Birmingham. The closing ceremony will take place today, on August 8 after all the matches will finish.

Sharath has won gold in the finals of table tennis singles against England’s Liam Pitchford. He has had a stellar campaign in Birmingham and today he won his seventh commonwealth games gold. The 40-year-old has been rightly appointed as the main flag bearer of India.

For the unversed, Sharath Kamal is a veteran table tennis player and has 13 Commonwealth games medals to his name. He played an influential role in India’s team event and inspired the team to the Gold. This time Sharath partnered with the young Sreeja Akula to increase India’s medal tally in Birmingham CWG 2022.

Meanwhile, after winning gold at the world boxing championships in May, Nikhat Zareen went on to show why she holds the title of the world boxing champion. Throughout her CWG 2022 campaign she kept the winning streak alive and also clinched a gold in the women’s 48 kg category of boxing on Sunday by beating Northern Ireland’s Carly McNaul. Being a topnotch athlete, Zareen deserves to be bestowed with the responsibility of being the flagbearer for the Birmingham CWG 2022 closing ceremony.

The Flagbearers for the inaugural ceremony were two-time Olympic and one CWG gold medalist PV Sindhu and Indian men’s hockey team skipper Manpreet Singh. Earlier Tokyo Olympic gold medallist Neeraj Chopra was all set to the Indian flagbearer at the opening ceremony but due to his groin injury he was ruled out of the tournament.

India’s run at this edition of CWG has come to an end. And by making a mark on the global map, India is seated at the fourth position out of 72 on the Birmingham CWG 2022 medal tally. India has won 22 golds and 61 medals in total, while Australia leads the table with 177 medals and 67 golds.

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ICC World Cup 2023: Virat Kohli requests family, friends not to ask him for World Cup tickets

The star batter also urged to enjoy the tournament from their homes.

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Indian cricketer Virat Kohli and his wife and Bollywood actor Anushka Sharma has asked that no one contact them regarding tickets for the next World Cup in India, which starts on Thursday, October 5.

In order to avoid any interruptions during the performance, Kohli posted a story on Instagram asking his friends and family to prevent themselves from texting him asking for tickets.

Anushka reposted Kohli’s story and added that she won’t be able to help if the cricketer ignores messages sent to him when the World Cup is going on.

Taking to Instagram Kohli shared a post on his Instagram stories in which he wrote, as they approach the World Cup, he would humbly like to let all his friends know to not request him for tickets at all through the tournament. The star batter also urged to enjoy the tournament from their homes.

Resharing his strory, Anushka added to it that please don’t request her to help if your messages get unanswered. She further continued by saying, thank you for your understanding and added a folded hand emoji.

Meanwhile, Kohli joined the ranks of the UIM E1 World Championship, a brand-new all-electric powerboat series that will begin racing in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, next year. As a team owner in the league, Kohli, who is now a member of the Indian side for the ICC ODI World Cup 2023, joins players like Rafael Nadal, Tom Brady, Didier Drogba, and Sergio Perez.

The UIM E1 World Championship is the newest addition to the circuit of motorsports contests, which currently include Formula E and off-road Extreme E. The Blue Rising is the name of Kohli’s team.

As one of the top business minds among athletes, Kohli already controls a sizable number of companies. He owns a restaurant franchise, participates in athletics, and co-owns FC Goa of the Indian Super League.

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Asian Games 2023: Jyothi, Ojas win gold in archery compound mixed team event

Ojas and Jyothi had to fight hard to win the gold medal. At the end 1 India led their opponents 40-39. In the second end the scoreboard read 80-79. But India lost the lead after the third end as Ojas shot 9.

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Asian Games 2023: Jyothi, Ojas win gold in archery compound mixed team event

Ojas Deotale, Jyothi Surekha Vennam won gold in the compound mixed team event in archery. The duo defeated the South Korean pair of Joo Jaehoon and So Chaewon 159-158 at the Fuyang Yinhu Sports Centre Final Field. Ojas and Jyoti made sure that India won its 71st medal, which is India’s highest in the history of Asian Games. India had won 70 medals in the 2018 Jakarta Games.

India also came par with best gold medal tally of 16 that they had won in 2018. Ojas and Jyothi had to fight hard to win the gold medal. At the end 1 India led their opponents 40-39. In the second end the scoreboard read 80-79. But India lost the lead after the third end as Ojas shot 9.

Ojas and Jyothi beat the Malasian pair of Bin Muzuki Mohd Juwaidi and Binti Mat Salleh Fatin Nurfatehah 158-155. The Indian team won a medal after defeating Kazakhstan’s Andrey Tyutyn and Adel Zhexenbinova in the semi final round. India medal tally has reached 16 gold, 26 silver and 29 bronze medals in the Asian games 2023.

Indian atheletes Manju Rani and Ram Baboo won the mixed team bronze medal in the 35 km race walk event. They completed the race walk in 5 hours, 51 minutes and 14 seconds at the Asian Games 2023. This victory is an important achievement for India as it was India’s 70th medal at the Asian games.

They matched their record setting performance from the 2018 Asian games in Jakarta. India’s medal count has now reached 23 nine bronze, ten, silver and four gold in athletics. India has a chance to add more medals to their tally. China is on the top position with 164 gold medals, 90 silver medals and 46 bronze medals. South Korea and Japan are in the second and third position.

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Asian Games 2023: Vithya Ramraj wins bronze medal in women’s 400m hurdles, Muhammed Afsal wins silver in men’s 800 m

Sutirtha Mukerjee and Ayhika Mukherjee won a bronze medal in table tennis. Parul Choudhary won gold in Women’s 5000 m event.

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Asian Games 2023: Vithya Ramraj wins bronze medal in women’s 400m hurdles, Muhammed Afsal wins silver in men’s 800 m

Vithya Ramraj won a bronze medal at the Asian Games in Hangzhou in the women’s 400m hurdles final. The 25 year old equalled PT Usha’s 39 year old record in hurdles which she had set in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. Ramraj took 55.42 to seconds in the heats and fell short of Usha’s record of 55.68 seconds.

Sutirtha Mukerjee and Ayhika Mukherjee won a bronze medal in table tennis. Parul Choudhary won gold in Women’s 5000 m event. Parul Choudhary also won silver in women’s 3000m steeplechase on Monday. She recorded 15:14.75 and overtook Japan’s Ririka Hironaka in the race. Mohammad Afsal won silver in the men’s 800m. Praveen Chitravel won bronze in Men’s triple jump event. Tejaswin Shanker won silver in decathlon and accumulated 7666 points. Shankar finishes 4th in the final 1500m event. India’s total medal tally came to 62 in the 19th Asian Games in Hangzou

Mujidat Oluwkemi Adekoya of Bahrain won the gold medal with a record time of 54.45 seconds. China’s Mo Jiadie won the silver medal and came second with 55.01 seconds. Vithya came third with a reaction time of 0.188 seconds. The gold and silver medals had slower reaction times of 0.196 and 0.197 seconds respectively.

Ramraj hails from Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu. This is Vithya’s second medal at the Asian Games. Ramraj was also a part of mixed 4X400 m relay team that won the silver medal along with Rajesh Ramesh, Subha Venkatesant and Muhammad Ajmal Variyathodi. Their bronze medal was upgraded to silver after Sri Lanka was disqualified for a lane infringement.

Vithya is also a three-time national champion in 100m hurdles also. Vithya’s identical twin Nithya is also an identical twin. In the men’s 400 m hurdles Santhosh Kumar Tamilarasan, Yashas Palaksha finished sixth and fifth respectively. Tamilarasan recorded 49.41 seconds while Palaksha managed 49.39 seconds.

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