Incheon, South Korea
45 nations. 9540 athletes. 439 events. 36 Sports.
India won a record total of 65 medals at the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou, including 14 Golds. This time, a lot of their top athletes have pulled out at the last moment, but they have a total of 516 athletes competing in 28 events as compared to 35 last time.
There will be no cricket team as usual, and a weakened tennis contingent after the pulling out of Devvarman, Paes and Bopanna. Boxer Vijender Kumar, wrestler Sushil Kumar—India’s best gold medal hopes—are also out due to injuries and other commitments.
INDIA’S BEST MEDAL HOPES:
Abhinav Bindra, India’s only individual Olympic gold medallist and recent Commonwealth Champion
Jitu Rai, ranked 1 as pistol shooter, fresh from a Silver at the World Championships
Indian HOCKEY team, fresh from a Commonwealth Silver medal
Saina Nehwal (7), who will try to challenge Chinese Dominance
PV Sindhu, fresh from another Bronze at the World Championships, is India’s best hope
Parupalli Kashyap, fresh from his Commonwealth Gold
India’s KABADDI team, unbeaten so far at the ASIAD games
Yogeshwar Dutt and Amit Kumar, both reigning Commonwealth Champions
TRACK AND FIELD
Vikas Gowda for Discus-throw, fresh from a first gold win at Commonwealth Games
Seema Punia for Discus-throw
Preeja Sreedharan, defending ASIAD 10k champion and 5k silver medallist
Ashwini Akkunji, the 400m hurdler making a comeback after her dope ban
Arpinder Singh for Triple Jump
Irfan Thodi in the 20 km Walk
Dipika Pallikal has put her anger about the ‘fixed’ draw behind her, looking to win medals in both Singles and Team events
If not her, Joshua Chinappa, her doubles partner, will face her in the quarterfinals of the singles event. Whoever wins will be assured of a bronze medal.