NEW DELHI: The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) has raised the number of quota places for Indian sportspersons in two fields – boxing and athletics – for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games (CWG) which is to be held from April 4 to 15 in Australia.
This will come as a hike for boxers and athletes but it has come at the outgo of CGF reduction the number of quota places for the nation’s sportspersons in other disciplines, most notably gymnastics, shooting and cycling.
As per the reports of TOI who has obtained the list of India’s official contingent size in 15 disciplines, who will participate at the CWG. An augmented number of 225 athletes will move to the Gold Coast, which is less as compared to the total number of 215 participants at the Glasgow CWG in 2014.
In boxing, the CGF has accepted the request of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) and the Boxing Federation of India (BFI) to have increment in the number of quota places for the Indian boxers. The CGF had reduced the entries to 10 from the primitively allocated 13, leading to desperation among Indian sports administrators, as boxing has channelize India towards an awe-inspiring number of medals in the past.
After considering the request, the CGF has taken a decision to modify the quota number to 12 (increase of one quota place in women’s category).Now the BFI could send one extra woman boxer .India had sent three women boxers to Glasgow in 2014. While this is still a quota fleeting of what India had been demanding, it’s an increment from the Glasgow’s boxing contingent size of 11.
Likewise, in athletics, the CGF has offered more than 6 quota places to take the sport’s contingent size to 37, as compared to Glasgow’s 32.