New Delhi: For the Indian squad for Commonwealth Games 2022, the Athletic Federation of India (AFI) has made Olympic gold-winning javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra captain. AFI announced the move on Thursday for the CWG to be started on July 28 in Birmingham, England, PTI reported.
The selection committee has listed 37 athletes for the event, while 18 of them are women. There will be a women's 4x400m relay team, including sprinters Hima Das and Dutee Chand, and a men's team. Avinash Sable will compete in the steeplechase race and Jypothi Yarraji in the 100m race.
Aiswarya Babu plays triple-jump, while Seema Punia might get included in the squad for discus throw if she qualifies AFI standards at a competition in the USA. But Punia had scored a medal in the past four editions of CWG.
The Team: Men: Avinash Sable (3000m Steeplechase); Nitender Rawat (Marathon); M Sreeshankar and Muhammed Anees Yahiya (Long Jump); Abdulla Aboobacker, Praveen Chithravel and Eldhose Paul (Triple Jump); Tajinderpal Singh Toor (Shot Put); Neeraj Chopra, DP Manu and Rohit Yadav (Javelin Throw); Sandeep Kumar and Amit Khatri (Race Walking); Amoj Jacob, Noah Nirmal Tom, Arokia Rajiv, Muhammed Ajmal, Naganathan Pandi and Rajesh Ramesh (4x400m Relay).
Women: S Dhanalakshmi (100m and 4x100m relay); Jyothi Yarraji (100mHurdles); Aishwarya B (Long Jump and Triple Jump) and Ancy Sojan (Long Jump); Manpreet Kaur (Shot Put); Navjeet Kaur Dhillon and Seema Antil Punia (Discus Throw); Annu Rani and Shilpa Rani (Javelin Throw); Manju Bala Singh and Sarita Romit Singh (Hammer Throw); Bhawna Jat and Priyanka Goswami (Race Walking); Hima Das, Dutee Chand, Srabani Nanda, MV Jilna and NS Simi (4x100m relay).