The highly anticipated 2014 Commonwealth Games at Glasgow, Scotland kicked off┬áwith┬áa ┬ágrand opening ceremony┬á┬áthat had Aishwarya Rai Bachchan cheering the Indian contingent.┬á India has sent 215 athletes to prove their prowess in 14 sports. The dampener in this yearÔÇÖs games being the exclusion of archery and tennis which would be a major blow for India and other participating nations.
Day 1 of the event has already proved to be a great start for the Indian athletes. India has already bagged two gold medals in the weightlifting category. IndiaÔÇÖs Khumukcham Sanjita Chanu competing in the womenÔÇÖs 48 kg weightlifting category brought home the nationÔÇÖs first gold with her flexing in a final total of 173 kg lift. The second gold came from the menÔÇÖs 56 kg weightlifting category as IndiaÔÇÖs Sukhen Dey performed exceptionally to lift an enormous total of 248 kg which sealed the deal for him. While teammate Mali won a bronze medal in the same category with a total 244 kg lift.
The womenÔÇÖs 48 kg weightlifting category also saw India clinch a silver medal as fellow Indian lifter Mirabai Chanu lifted 170 kg in total. India added two more silver medals to their tally courtesy Navjot ChanaÔÇÖs brilliant and valiant effort the menÔÇÖs 60 kg judo. IndiaÔÇÖs judoka Sushila Likmabam came second in the womenÔÇÖs 48 kg category. The Judo event also saw IndiaÔÇÖs Kalpana Thoudam winning a bronze in the 52 kg category.
While in the other sporting events the Indian womenÔÇÖs hockey team defeated Canada 4-2 in their opening match. Both the Indian men and womenÔÇÖs table tennis teams are off to a comfortable start by defeating Vanuatu and Barbados respectively. In a major announcement IndiaÔÇÖs 2008 Olympics Gold medallist Abhinav Bhindra tweeted that the 2014 Commonwealth Games would be his last.
England lead the medals tally currently with a whopping 17 medal haul followed closely by Australia with 15 and host nation Scotland clinching 10 medals. India’s medals tally┬ástands at┬áa total of seven,
HereÔÇÖs hoping this winning streak continues throughout the games.