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Athletes’ village to women cricketers at an event organized by IOA

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Members of the Indian women’s cricket team got a taste of life and activities in the athletes’ village during a multi-disciplinary event, when the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) hosted them as the newest member of their Commonwealth Games family.

The cricket team was hosted at the University of Birmingham Commonwealth Games Village on the evening of 4 August along with men’s and women’s hockey teams and a few other participants like sprinter Hima Das.

Birmingham is the five designated Athlete Village at the 2022 Commonwealth Games, including one in London. The Indian cricket team, like all other cricket teams, is staying at one of them: the Park Regis, a hotel in Birmingham.

As a result, they are unable to immerse themselves in the colour, vibrancy and fun that is typically associated with life in an athlete’s village at a multi-sport event such as the Commonwealth Games and, by and large, miss out on the opportunity at the facility. To mingle and interact with athletes from other sports living, the IOA explained the reason for hosting the cricket team.

“Given that women’s cricket is making its debut in the ongoing Birmingham Commonwealth Games, the IOA, while respecting the spirit of inclusiveness, invites the Indian cricket team for an interactive session with the men’s and women’s hockey sides, para swimmer Niranjan Mukundan. and Chef de Mission of Team India Rajesh Bhandari and General Team Manager Maninder Pal Singh,” informed the IOA.

In the beginning of the evening, Bhandari felicitated Manpreet Singh, Savita Punia and Harmanpreet Kaur, the captain of the three teams, as well as Ramesh Powar, the head coach of the Indian women’s cricket team.

Sprinter Hima Das joined them later in the evening, and had dinner at the Dining Hall of the University of Birmingham Athletes Village.

The cricketers then spoke to PR Sreejesh, the goalkeeper of the Indian hockey team and Manpreet Singh, both senior players of the hockey side, about handling pressure in difficult situations and also spoke to Mukundan.

The Indian cricket team visited the village’s entertainment zone in the evening, where they played table tennis, long jumper Murali Sreeshankar watched the silver medal on television and later shook a leg with some of his hockey counterparts.

Speaking on the occasion, IOA Secretary General Rajeev Mehta said, “The IOA and the Commonwealth Games Association (CGA) are delighted to consider the Indian women’s cricket team a part of their family. This team, and women’s cricket in India, is on the rise and it reflects the popularity of the women’s team among followers of the sport. We welcome him to the Commonwealth Games setting and hope he enjoys his time in the Athletes’ Village ahead of the cricket semi-finals of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. We wish him all the best for the knockout.”

IOA Acting President Anil Khanna said, “We at IOA and CGA are committed to ensure that every new athlete who plays for India under our banner feels welcome. With the introduction of women’s cricket at the Commonwealth Games, it is our The responsibility was to make our women cricketers feel like Athlete Village, because in a way all the cricket teams are missing that one element because they are staying in a hotel. We are glad that they are our hockey players, para swimmers. Niranjan was able to spend time and chat with Hima Das and have dinner with her.

Team India’s Chef D Mission Rajesh Bhandari noted the cordial blossoming between the athletes. “I am very happy to see the camaraderie blossoming among the athletes in such a short span of time. Many of our hockey players also shook feet with our cricketers in the entertainment zone, so it was nice to see them get along so well with each other. Our women cricketers are now part of the CGA family, so it was only fitting that we facilitated this tour and let them interact with some of the other athletes from the Athletes Village set-up.”

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