PV Sindhu named India's flagbearer for Commonwealth Games 2022 Opening Ceremony

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The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) announced two-time Olympic medalist PV Sindhu as the flag-bearer of Team India at the opening ceremony of the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

Important facts

  • Manpreet Singh, the captain of the Indian hockey team that won the bronze medal in Tokyo 2020, has also been chosen as the flag bearer of India along with PV Sindhu.

  • This is the second time that PV Sindhu will be India's flag-bearer at the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony; she also held the Indian flag at the Gold Coast 2018 edition.

  • Manpreet Singh was one of the two flag bearers of India at the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics.

  • Olympic medalists Mirabai Chanu and Lovlina Borgohain were the other two candidates being considered for the flag bearer.

Commonwealth Games 2022

  • Organising - Alexander Stadium, Birmingham, England

  • Motto- Games for Everyone

  • Mascot - 'Perry the Bull'

  • Nations participating- 72 Commonwealth nations

  • Events- 280 in 20 sports

  • Athletes participating- 5,054

  • Women's cricket as well as T20 cricket have been included in the Commonwealth Games for the first time.

  • For the first time in a major sporting event, there are more medal events for women than for men.

  • 215 athletes will participate in the Commonwealth Games 2022 from India, these athletes will participate in 141 events of 19 sports.

History of commonwealth games

  • This is the 22nd edition of the Commonwealth Games.

  • The first Commonwealth Games were held in the Canadian city of Hamilton in 1930.

  • It has been organised every four years since 1930.

  • The Commonwealth Games in 1942 and 1946 could not be held due to World War II.

  • India is becoming a part of these games for the 18th time.

  • India has so far won 181 gold, 173 silver and 149 bronze medals in these games.

  • India has been among the top five countries in terms of medals in each consecutive Commonwealth Games since the 2002 Manchester Games.

  • From 1930 to 1950 these games were called the British Empire Games.

  • In 1978 these games were named Commonwealth Games.

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