CWG 2018: PM Modi congratulates Sanjita Chanu, Deepak Lather

Ruben Holloway
April 6, 2018

A team of 10 athletes and other BVI officials was led by 400-metre hurdler and flag bearer Kyron McMaster at the Carrara Stadium at the Opening Ceremony on Wednesday, April 4 in Australia.

On the first day of the Games, Mirabai Chanu and P Gururaja had started India's campaign with a bang with a gold and a silver respectively in weightlifting.

A number of athletes have fallen sick at the Games, including three from the same team who were quarantined for 48 hours after contracting influenza earlier in the week. Last summer, she also competed in the same event at FINA World Championships in Budapest, but finished sixth.

However, Sanjita had run into controversy past year when she approached the courts after not being included in the list of recipients for the Arjun Award. Pinki lost in singles Round 4.

"I'd had a great year of training and still didn't manage a (personal best) at worlds. So, when I received the medal, it brought tears to my eyes as I was delighted and relieved to have answered my critics", said Sanjita today, according to the Hindustan Times.

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Neville Sorrentino also took defeat from another Pakistani, Tayyab Aslam.

Henara said about D'Tigers to reporters at his pre-match conference: "It has been a tough scout".

He said the game was played in good spirits.

"I think that these wins in the tournament are important because they give us confidence moving forward, said K Srikanth to PTI, who defeated Kieran Merrilees in straight games during the rubber".

In the men's Plate, Kenya's Hardeep Reel forfeited his match against Cayman Island's Kelly Jacob.

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Mitch Larkin leads Australia's hopes in the 100m men's backstroke, while Emma McKeon will be vying for gold in the women's 100m butterfly final.

Two staff of the National Sports Authority (NSA) have been suspended by the Ghana Olympic Committee (GOC) from holding themselves as officials of Ghana's contingent at the ongoing Commonwealth Games after they were implicated in a visa scandal that has caused embarrassment to Ghanaian officials in Australia. "Despite the challenges the sport faces back home, there is a bright future for the game".

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