Commonwealth Games 2022: Top Indian Athletes to miss the upcoming CWG at Birmingham
Neeraj Chopra [Javelin Throw]
India’s rockstar Neeraj Chopra was ruled out of the Commonwealth Games due to an injury sustained at last week’s Athletics World Championships. He won silver with a throw of 88.13m at the recently concluded 2022 World Athletics Championships. Chopra competed in the finals while wearing thigh strapping due to a groin injury. Chopra has reportedly been advised to take a month off. Chopra previously missed the entire 2019 season due to an elbow injury that necessitated surgery.
Chopra is the second Indian to win a World Championship medal, following Anju Bobby George’s bronze in 2003. His injury news came as a shock to many as India was expecting another medal from this Olympic Gold medalist.
Saina Nehwal [Badminton]
The two-time CWG champion opted out of the badminton trials for the multi-sport events. She questioned the logic of having trials when the playing schedule is packed and said that players deserve more time to prepare for the trials because she did not want to exert her body by participating in them.
However, the Badminton Association of India has stated that players ranked in the top 15 in the BWF rankings will be chosen directly, while the rest will be chosen from trials involving shuttlers ranked 16 to 50. Saina wrote a letter to the BAI, but they did not respond, according to her husband P Kashyap. However, India still has PV Sindhu, Who is in the best form of her life.
Mary Kom [Boxing]
Mary Kom was forced to withdraw from the Commonwealth Games (CWG) trials due to an injury. In the first round of the 48kg category, the CWG defending champion fought hard against two-time Youth World Champion Nitu Ganghas. Kom leaned away to slip a punch as the two boxers closed in, and her knee gave way.
Despite the fact that the referee ruled it a slip, Kom did not bounce up as she normally would. She climbed gingerly and then shook her leg as if to make it work again. The fight resumed but was cut short a second later when Kom was unable to put any weight on her left leg.
HS Prannoy [Badminton]
Despite a strong showing in the 2022 season, 29-year-old HS Prannoy was left out of India’s 10-man badminton squad. Because there are only ten spots available, each country can only field two players in each of the four categories.
Prannoy, who is ranked third in the singles category behind Lakshya Sen and Kidambi Srikkanth, thus missed out on the men’s doubles spots, which were secured by Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty.
Shikha Pandey [Cricket]
Shikha Pandey, who was unexpectedly removed from the Women’s World Cup lineup this year, has been left out of the Commonwealth Games squad as well. There was no explanation for the rejection of the senior pacer. The selectors’ choice, however, might have been influenced by rumours of a decline in form.
The all-rounder, 33, played in his last Twenty20 international game during India’s tour of Australia in October 2021. She has played in 56 WT20Is, scoring 207 runs and taking 40 wickets.