With the opening ceremony of Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games taking place at the Celtic Park of beautiful Scottish city Glasgow, the event will mark the opening of 20th edition of the coveted Commonwealth Games. The Commonwealth Games or the XX Commonwealth Games as it is officially known will continue from July 23, 2014 to August 3, 2014.
India has been one of the nations that have been very closely followed all over the globe at the Commonwealth Games. The host nation of Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games finished second on the medals table in the last edition will be looking forward to bettering up their records at the Glasgow. With the surprising pull out of one of the most potential medal winner in form of Badminton player Saina Nehwal just before the games due to injury, did leave the Indian side a bit in shock but nevertheless the unit of 215 athletes look all set to take on the opposition at Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. We take a look at the complete schedule of the 11 day outing by the Indian players in the tournament:
Schedule of Day One: July 23, 2014 Wednesday
First day of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games will mark the opening ceremony taking place at the Celtic Park. It will see the Parade of Nations with India entering first as they were last edition’s host nation. Olympics Silver medalist Vijay Kumar gets the prestigious opportunity to be the flag bearer. Scotland will enter last with their team as they are the current host nation.
Schedule of Day Two: July 24, 2014 Thursday
Badminton: Indoor sport Badminton marks the start of the event with the Indian in the absence of ace Saina Nehwal will take on the team of Ghana in their opening match. Placed in Group B, their match is scheduled to start at 1:30 p.m. (IST). The Indian team will take on the Ugandan team during the evening session. This will be a sporting event and not medal event.
Hockey: The 13th ranked Indian Women’s side will take on World No. 22 Canadian team with the match to start at 8:30 p.m. (IST).
Squash: Indian will have high hopes from their pin-up girls Dipika Pallkal and Joshana Chinappa playing their women’s singles rounds. In the men’s singles, Saurav Ghoshal and Mahesh Mangaonkar will also aim for a good start.
Weightlifting: Sanjita Chanu and Omkar Attri
Cycling: Alan Baby, Amrit Singh and Amarjit Nagi represents the men’s in the cycling event.
Judo: Jina Chongtham represents in the women’s Judo field.
Schedule of Day Three: July 25, 2014 Friday
Badminton: The second day of the CWG 2014 will feature the Indian team take on the Kenyan Team at 6:30 pm (IST)
Shooting: One of the best events on terms of India’s chances at bagging the gold medals is shooting and it would begin with the World No. 1 Heena Sidhu in action in 10m Air Pistol event. Lone gold medalist at the Olympics Abhinav Bindra and skeet shooters Mairaj Ahmad Khan and Arti Singh Rao will also begin their campaign.
Hockey: The Indian men’s team will try to forget the dreadful run at the Hockey World Cup and look forward to brighter prospects against Wales side in their opening match beginning at 1.30 pm (IST).
Squash: With the respective players overcoming the opponents in the opening round, they will play the Round of 16 in both men’s and women’s singles.
Weightlifting: Second day will feature Rustam Sarang in men’s and Swati Singh in women’s competition.
Judo: Judokas Balvinder Singh and Vikender Singh will participate.
Cycling: Amit Kumar and Deborah will look forward to stiff competition from their fierce opponents.
Schedule of Day Four: July 26, 2014 Saturday
Hockey: Indian men’s team plays against host nation Scotland in their backyard. The match is scheduled to start at 8.30 pm.
Shooting: Rahi Sarnobat, P.N Prakash and Ayonika Paul will be in action.
Boxing: The highlight of the day in the boxing event from India will be Olympic Bronze medalist Vijender Singh in the middleweight category. The Round of 32 of the men’s welterweight will feature CWG 2010 Gold medalist Manoj Kumar. In the lightweight category Devendro Singh will be ready with his bout.
Squash: Men’s and women’s quarterfinals matches will take place. Fingers crossed for the Indian players.
Schedule of Day Five: July 27, 2014 Sunday
Day five of the Glasgow 2014 will mark the beginning of much exciting track and field events. Athletics have always been the much watched out event in any multi-sport tournament.
Day five will also feature the medal winning events. It will have gold and bronze medal matches in Table Tennis for the women’s team event.
Hockey: Indian women’s team will play the New Zealand side at 8.30 pm (IST)
Shooting: Men’s and women’s double trap will have Indian shooters Mohd Asab and Shreyasi Singh leading the challenge respectively.
Weightlifting: Men’s 77kg category will see Katulu Ravi Kumar.
Schedule of Day Six: July 28, 2014 Monday
Yet another day of medal winning event will take place on Monday. The men’s and women’s singles matches for the gold and bronze medal taking place in Squash. The men’s team event in Table Tennis will feature Gold and Bronze medal matches.
Boxing: In women’s flyweight category World No. 2 Pinki Jangra will be ready with bout.
Athletics: Men’s Hammer Throw – Kamalpreet Singh
Hockey: Indian women’s national side will take on Trinidad and Tobago at 11.30 pm (IST)
Weightlifting: Men’s 85 kg category – Chandrakant Mali
Schedule of Day Seven: July 29, 2014 Tuesday
Very big day for the Indian shooting as the day seven will feature Olympic silver medalist Vijay Kumar in men’s 25m rapid fire pistol. The day will also feature Olympic Bronze medalist Gagan Narang in men’s 50m rifle 3 postion and former World No. 1 Manavjit Singh Sandhu in men’s trap event.
Hockey: The Indian men’s team will face the World Champions Australia in their third league match. The match is scheduled to begin at 6.00 pm IST.
Athletics: Men’s 110m hurdles will see Indian challenger Siddhanth Thingalaya in action.
Wrestling: Amit Kumar and Yogeshwar Dutt begin their campaign.
Badminton: Both men’s and women’s singles matches start with the likes of PV Sindhu, Jwala Gutta, Ashwini Ponnappa, PC Thulasi in the women’s side and Kadambi Srikanth, Parupalli Kashyap, RMV Gurusaidutt featuring in the men’s side.
Schedule of Day Eight: July 30, 2014 Wednesday
Hockey: Indian women’s team will play against South African side.
Boxing: Round of 8 in women’s 48kg, women’s 60kg, men’s 91kg, women’s 75kg and men’s 75 kg category.
Athletics: Women’s Long Jump event – Olympians Mayookha Johny and Vikas Gowda; and men’s discus throw event respectively.
Schedule of Day Nine: July 31, 2014 Thursday
Hockey: Time for the Indian men’s team to take on South African side at 8.30 pm IST.
Lawn Bowls: Women’s triples gold and bronze medal match.
Diving: Men’s 1m springboard event will feature Ramananda Kongbrailatpam.
Athletics: Women’s Discus Throw – Krishna Poonia and Seema Punia in and Men’s discus throw final.
Schedule of Day Ten: August 1, 2014 Friday
Boxing: Semifinal rounds of women’s flyweight, men’s bantamweight, men’s lightwelterweight, men’s light heavy and men’s super heavy weight.
Athletics: Women’s High Jump – Sahana Kumari; Final Round of Women’s Discus Throw; Women’s 4x400m Relay and Women’s 4x100m Relay.
Lawn bowls – Women’s pairs gold medal, men’s fours gold medal and men’s singles gold medal events.
Schedule of Day Eleven: August 2, 2014 Saturday
Boxing: Gold medal matches for all the weight categories.
Hockey: Gold and Bronze medal matches in the women’s side.
Athletics: Men’s triple jump -Arpinder Singh, Men’s Javelin Throw – Ravinder Singh Khaira, Devinder Singh and Vipin Kasana.
Schedule of Day Twelve: August 3, 2014 Sunday
The highlight of the sporting event and all the more special for India, the national game of Hockey will be played for the glorious Gold medal by the men’s side. The day will also feature the match for third place and bronze medal.
Closing ceremony will take place in the national stadium of Glasgow, Hampden Park.