Asian Games 2018 also known as Jakarta Palembang 2018 Asian Games is only a couple of weeks away and the excitement levels amongst the fans is on the rise. The Indian contingent with 541 members is scheduled to compete in 37 sports events at the 18th edition of Asian Games, which will take place in Jakarta and Palembang, in Indonesia, this time. The multi-nation sports tournament will begin from August 18 and will continue until September 2. In 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, India had won a total of 57 medals, including 11 gold, 10 silver and 36 bronze medals. Asian Games 2018: Indonesian President Joko Widodo Invites Kim Jong-un to Attend Opening Ceremony.
For India, they will be participating for the 18th time at the Asian Games. The Indian contingent comprises of 541 athletes in total, of which 293 athletes are males and 248 athletes are females. Led by sprinting queen Hima Das, athletics with a total of 51 players will see maximum participation in any discipline at the prestigious quadrennial event. It It will be followed by hockey which has 36 players under the category. India is also sending a strong 20-player Badminton team with the likes of Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu, Kidambi Srikanth eyeing gold medal finish. As India is all set to participate in the Asian Games 2018, we take a look at the athletes participating in different sports discipline.
Diving: K Ramanand Sharma, Siddharth Pardeshi, and H London Singh
Swimming: Virdhawal Khade, Sandeep Sejwal, Sajan Prakash, Srihari Nataraj, Advait Page, Aaron Agnel D'Souza, Anshul Kothari, Arvind Mani, Saurabh Sangvekar, Avinash Mani, Neel Roy and Supriya Chourasiya.
ARCHERY - MEN
Recurve: Atanu Das, Jagdish Chaudhary, Sukhchain Singh, and Vishwas.
Compound: Abhishek Verma, Rajat Chauhan, Sangamprit Bisla, and Aman Saini.
ARCHERY – WOMEN
Recurve: Promila Daimary, Deepika Kumari, Ankita Bhakat, and Laxmirani Majhi.
Compound: Trisha Deb, Jyothi Surekha Vennam, Madhumita Kumari, and Muskan Kirar.
ATHLETICS – MEN
200 M: Mohammed Anas
400 M: Rajiv Arokia, Mohammed Anas
800 M: Jinson Johnson, Manjit Singh
1500 M: Jinson Johnson, Manjit Singh
5000 M: G Lakshmanan
10000 M: G Lakshmanan
3000 M Steeplechase: Naveen Kumar Dagar, Shankarlal Swami
400 M Hurdle: Dharun Ayyasamy, Santosh Kumar
4 x 400 M Relay: Mohammed Anas, Jeevan KS, Jithu Baby, Kunhu Mohammed, Rajiv Arokia, Santosh Kumar
Javelin Throw: Shivpal Singh, Neeraj Chopra
High Jump: Balasubramanya Chethan
Long Jump: Sreeshankar
Triple Jump: Arpinder Singh, Rakesh Babu AV
Shot Put: Tejinder Toor, Naveen Chikara
20 KM Walk: Manish Singh Rawat, Irfan Kolothum Thodi
50 KM Walk: Sandeep Kumar
ATHLETICS – WOMEN
100 M: Dutee Chand
200 M: Hima Das, Dutee Chand
400 M: Hima Das, Nirmala Sheoran
800 M: Tintu Luka
1500 M: PU Chitra, Monika Chaudhary
5000 M: Sanjivani Jadhav, L Surya
10000 M: Sanjivani Jadhav, L Surya
3000 M Steeplechase: Sudha Singh, Chinta Yadav
400 M Hurdle: Jauna Murmu, Anu Raghavan
4 x 400 M Relay: MR Poovamma, Saritaben Gaikwad, Sonia Vaishya, Vijayakumari, VK Vismaya, Jisna Mathew
Hammer Throw: Sarita Singh
Discus Throw: Sandeep Kumari, Seema Punia
Javelin Throw: Annu Rani
Long Jump: Nayana James, Neena Varakil
20 KM Walk: B Soumya, Khushbir Kaur
Combined Events: Purnima Hembram, Swapna Barman
ATHLETICS – MIXED:
4 x 400 M Relay: Mohammed Anas, Rajiv Arokia, Hima Das, Poovamma Machettira
BADMINTON – MEN:
Singles: Kidambi Srikanth, HS Prannoy
Doubles: Satwiksairaj Rankireddy, Chirag Shetty & Manu Attri, B. Sumeeth Reddy
Team: Kidambi Srikanth, H.S. Prannoy, B. Sai Praneeth, Sameer Verma, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy, Chirag Shetty, B. Sumeeth Reddy, Manu Attri, Pranaav Jerry Chopra, Sourabh Verma.
BADMINTON – WOMEN:
Singles: PV Sindhu, Saina Nehwal
Doubles: Ashwini Ponnappa, N. Sikki Reddy & Rutaparna Panda, Arathi Sara Sunil
Team: P.V. Sindhu, Saina Nehwal, Sai Uttejitha Rao, Ashmita Chaliha, Aakarshi Kashyap, Gayathri Gopichand, Ashwini Ponnappa, N. Sikki Reddy, Rutaparna Panda, and Arathi Sara Sunil.
BADMINTON – MIXED:
Mixed: Pranaav Jerry Chopra, N. Sikki Reddy
Mixed: Satwiksairaj Rankireddy, Ashwini Ponnappa
BOXING – MEN
Light Flyweight (49 kg): Amit Panghal
Flyweight (52 kg): Gaurav Solanki
Bantamweight (56 kg): Mohammad Hussamuddin
Lightweight (60 kg): Shiva Thapa
Light Welterweight (64 kg): Dheeraj Rangi
Welterweight (69 kg): Manoj Kumar
Middleweight (75 kg): Vikas Krishan Yadav
BOXING – WOMEN
Flyweight (51 kg): Sarjubala Devi
Bantamweight (57 kg): Sonia Lather
Lightweight (60 kg): Pavitra Asian Games 2018: Mary Kom Pulls Out of The Mega Event.
BRIDGE – MEN
Pranab Bardhan, Sapan Desai, Subhash Gupta, Rajeev Khandelwal, Ajay Khare, Finton Lewis, Debabrata Majumder, Gopinath Manna, Sumit Mukherjee, Shibhnath Dey Sarkar, Bachiraju Satyanarayana, Jaggy Shivdasani, Arun Kumar Sinha, Rajeshwar Tewari and Raju Tolani.
BRIDGE – WOMEN
Rita Choksi, Feroza Chothia, Hema Deora, Bharati Dey, Marianne Karmarkar, Himani Khandelwal, Kiran Nadar, Aparna Sain and Vasanti Shah, Alka Kshrisagar, Keyzad Anklesaria, Abhijit Chakraborty, Sunit Chokshi, Sridhar Padmanabhan and Sunderram S.
CYCLING – MEN - Ranjit Singh, Manjeet Singh, Raju Bati, Manohar Lal, A. Bike Singh, Rajbeer Singh, Esow, Appolonious and Dilawar.
CYCLING – WOMEN - Deborah Herold, Aleena Reji, M. Sonali Chanu, T. Manorama Devi, Nayana Rajesh Priyadarshini, E. Chaoba Devi and Megha Gugad.
FIELD HOCKEY – MEN: Goalkeepers: PR Sreejesh (Captain), Krishan B Pathak, Defenders: Harmanpreet Singh, Varun Kumar, Birendra Lakra, Surender Kumar, Rupinder Pal Singh, Amit Rohidas, Midfielders: Manpreet Singh, Chinglensana Singh Kangujam (Vice-Captain), Simranjeet Singh, Sardar Singh, Vivek Sagar Prasad, Forwards: SV Sunil, Mandeep Singh, Akashdeep Singh, Lalit Kumar Upadhyay, Dilpreet Singh. Indian Hockey Team for 2018 Asian Games Announced, PR Sreejesh Named Captain.
FIELD HOCKEY – WOMEN: Goalkeepers: Savita Punia (Vice-Captain), Rajani Etimarpu, Defenders: Deep Grace Ekka, Sunita Lakra, Deepika Thakur, Gurjit Kaur, Reena Khokhar, Midfielders: Namita Toppo, Lilima Minz, Monika Malik, Udita, Nikki Pradhan, Neha Goyal, Forwards: Rani Rampal (Captain), Vandana Kataria, Lalremsiami, Navneet Kaur, Navjot Kaur.
GOLF- MEN: Individual & Team: Aadil Bedi, Kshitij Naveed Kaul, Harimohan Singh, Rayhan Thomas.
GOLF – WOMEN: Individual & Team: Diksha Dagar, Ridhima Dilawari, Sifat Sagoo.
GYMNAST - MEN: Individual & Team: Rakesh Patra, Yogeshwar Singh, Gaurav Kumar, Ashish Kumar, Siddharth Verma
GYMNAST - WOMEN: Individual & Team: Dipa Karmakar, Pranati Das, Aruna Reddy, Mandira Chowdhury, Pranati Nayak
JUDO- MEN: 100 + Kg - Jaswinder Singh Sahi
KABADDI- MEN: Girish Maruti Ernak, Deepak Niwas Hooda, Mohit Chhillar, Sandeep Narwal, Pardeep Narwal, Rishank Devadiga, Monu Goyat, Ajay Thakur, Rohit Kumar, Raju Lal Choudhary, Mallesh Gangadhari and Rahul Chaudhari. Standby: Amit Nagar and Maninder Singh.
KABADDI - WOMEN: Sakshi Kumari, Kavita Devi, Priyanka, Manpreet Kaur, Payel Chowdhury, Ritu Negi, Sonali Vishnu Shingate, Sayali Sanjay KeriPale, Randeep Kaur Khehra, Shalini Pathak, Usha Rani Narasimhalah and Madhu. Standby: Priyanka and Shama Parveen."
Kumite 60 Kg: Pranay Sharma
Kumite 67 Kg: Anmol Singh
Kumite 75 Kg: Sharath J
Kumite 84 Kg: Vishal
Kumite 50 Kg: Nidhi Nanhet
Kumite 55 Kg: Supriya Jatav
Kumite 61 Kg: N Harsha
Kumite 68 Kg: Johny Mangkhaiya
MARTIAL ARTS – Kurash - MEN
81 Kg: Kunal
81 Kg: Manish Tokas
90+ Kg: Parikshit Kumar
MARTIAL ARTS – Kurash - WOMEN: 52 Kg - Pincky Balhara
MARTIAL ARTS - Pencak Silat – WOMEN: Sonam and Simran
MARTIAL ARTS: Sambo - MEN: Srikant, WOMEN: Lalit Narain
MARTIAL ARTS: Wushu - MEN: Narender Grewal, Santosh Kumar, Pawan Kumar, Yumnam Sanathoi Devi, Sanjan Lama
ROWING - MEN: Dattu Baban Bhokanal, Sawarn Singh, Om Prakash, Sukhmeet Singh, Monu, Arjun Lal, Malkeet Singh, Gurinder singh, Dushyant, Rohit Kumar, Bhagwan Singh, Jagvir Singh, Tejash Shinde Hanamant, Jegan Sekhar, Bhopal Singh, Manish Yadav, Hardeep Singh, N. Pranay Ganesh, Rahul Giri, Pandu Rang, Lucky, Akshat, M. Lakshman Rohith, Sumith, Sono Laxmi Narayan, Arvind Singh and Manpreet Singh.
ROWING - WOMEN: Navneet Kaur, Yamini Singh, Harpreet Kaur, Annu, Sanjukta Dung Dung, Sayali Shelke and Pooja Sangwan.
50 m Rifle 3 Positions: Sanjeev Rajput, Akhil Sheoran
10 m Air Rifle: Ravi Kumar, Deepak Kumar
300m Standard Rifle 3 Positions: Harjinder Singh, Amit Kumar
10m Air Pistol: Abhishek Verma, Saurabh Chaudhary
25m Rapid Fire Pistol: Shivam Shukla, Anish Bhanwala
Trap: Lakshay Sheoran, Manavjit Singh Sandhu
Skeet: Sheeraz Sheikh, Angadwir Bajwa
Double Trap: Ankur Mittal, Shradul Vihan
50m Rifle 2 Positions: Anjum Moudgil, Gaayathri N
10m Air Pistol: Manu Bhaker, Heena Sindhu
25m Pistol: Rahi Samobat, Manu Bhaker
Trap: Shreyasi Singh, Seema Tomar
Skeet: Ganemat Sekhon, Rashmmi Rathore
Double Trap: Shreyasi Singh, Varsha Varman
SHOOTING - Mixed
Senior Rifle: 10m Air Rifle Mixed- Ravi Kumar, Apurvi Chandela
Senior Pistol: 10m Air Pistol Mixed- Abhishek Verma, Manu Bhaker
Senior Shotgun: Trap Mixed - Lakshay Sheoran, Shreyasi Singh
Men: Maibam Chingkheinganba, Bharat Pereira
Women: Shreay Nankar
Men: Saurav Ghosal, Harinder Pal Sandhu, Ramit Tandon and Mahesh Mangaonkar.
Women: Joshna Chinappa, Dipika Pallikal, Sunayna Kuruvilla and Tanvi Khanna.
TABLE TENNIS – MEN: Sathiyan Gnanasekaran, Anthony Amalraj, Achanta Sharath Kamal, Manav Thakkar and Harmeet Desai.
TABLE TENNIS – WOMEN: Manika Batra, Mouma Das, Madhurika Patkar, Sutirtha Mukherjee and Ayhika Mukherjee.
TENNIS - MEN: Leander Paes, Rohan Bopanna, Ramkumar Ramanathan, Prajnesh Gunneswaran, Sumit Nagal and Divij Sharan.
TENNIS - WOMEN: Ankita Raina, Karman Kaur Thandi, Rutuja Bhosale, Pranjala Yadlapalli, Riya Bhatia and Prarthana Thombare.
VOLLEYBALL - MEN: Mohan Ukkrapandian (Capt), G Akhin, Jerome Vinith, Deepesh Kumar Sinha, Ashok Karthik, S Prabagaran, Ajith Lal, Amit, Gurinder Singh, Rohit Kumar, Vinit Kumar, Ranjit Singh, P Prabakaran (libero) and Pankaj Sharma (libero).
VOLLEYBALL - WOMEN: Anju Balakrishnan, Soorya Thottangal, Anusri Ghosh, Kandoth Aswani, Nirmala, Rekha S., Anushree K.P., Sruthi Murali, Minimol Abraham (capt.), Anjali Babu, Jini K.S., Ruksana Khatun, Priyanka Khedkar (libero) and Asswathi R. (libero).
WEIGHTLIFTING - MEN
77 Kg: Sathish Sivalingam, Ajay Singh
94 Kg: Vikas Thakur
WEIGHTLIFTING - WOMEN
48 Kg: Saikhom Mirabai Chanu
63 Kg: Rakhi Halder
WRESTLING – MEN- Freestyle
57 kg: Sandeep Tomar
65 Kg: Bajrang Punia
74 kg: Sushil Kumar
86 kg: Pawan Kumar
97 kg: Mausam Khatri
125 kg: Sumit Malik
WRESTLING – MEN- Greco Roman
59 kg: Gyanender
67 kg: Manish
77 kg: Gurpreet Singh
87 kg: Harpreet Singh
97 kg: Hardeep Singh
130 kg: Naveen
WRESTLING – WOMEN- Freestyle
50 Kg: Vinesh Phogat
53 Kg: Pinki
57 Kg: Pooja Dhanda
62 kg: Sakshi Malik
68 Kg: Divya Kakran
72 Kg: Kiran
The stakes are very high for the visiting Indian contingent. With a total of 57 medals, India had finished at eighth position in the medal table that was topped by China with 345 medals. India has proven themselves in several disciplines in the Commonwealth Games 2018 held in Australia like in Table Tennis, Shooting, Weightlifting and Wrestling. They will look forward to bettering their previous edition's record at the upcoming Jakarta Palembang 2018.