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679 member Indian team for Asian Games

New Delhi: The Government has approved the Indian contingent for the Asian Games-2014. Shri Sarbananda Sonowal, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Skill Development, Entrepreneurship and Youth Affairs & Sports took the decision regarding the Indian contingent in consultation with the Prime Minister. The total number of participants shall be 679 including 516 athletes and 163 Coaches and Support Staff. (This is against a list of total 942 participants including 662 athletes and 280 officials sent by the IOA). The team will be participating in a total of 28 disciplines as against 35 last time. The participating disciplines are:- 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 In Asiad 2010 in Guangzhou, China, we had sent a contingent of 609 athletes plus 324 officials (Total: 933). It has also been decided that “No Cost to Government” shall not be a consideration for finalizing the national contingent. The list was sent by the IOA to the Ministry on 21st August, 2014. 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.

About Sanjay Trivedi

Sanjay Trivedi is honorary editor of Asia Times. He is senior Indian Journalist having vast experience of 25 years. He worked in Janmabhoomi, Vyapar, Divya Bhaskar etc. newspapers and TV9 Channel as well as www.news4education.com. He also served as Media Officer in Gujarat Technological University.

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