The Asian Games 2018 will kick off in the cities of Jakarta and Palembang, Indonesia on August 18 and as many as 13 of our athletes will be representing the nation for a shot at glory at the prestigious quadrennial event. The athletes are currently training in preparatory camps with their national teams and with a mix of experienced and talented youth prospects in the fray, we’re looking forward to them making the country proud at the 18th edition of the Games.
The following JSW Sports athletes will be competing at the Asiad:
|Neeraj Chopra||Athletics (Javelin Throw)|
|Sudha Singh||Athletics (3000m Steeplechase)|
|M. Sreeshankar||Athletics (Long Jump)|
|Neena Pinto||Athletics (Long Jump)|
|Sakshi Malik||Wrestling (62kg)|
|Pooja Dhanda||Wrestling (57kg)|
|Sandeep Tomar||Wrestling (57kg)|
|Vikas Krishan Yadav||Boxing (75kg)|
|Dheeraj Rangi||Boxing (64kg)|
|Mohd. Hussamuddin||Boxing (57kg)|
|Garima Chaudhary||Judo (70kg)|
|Pincky Balhara||Kurash (52kg)|
Neeraj Chopra wins Sotteville Athletics Meet
Neeraj Chopra, who is currently training in Finland under national coach Uwe Hohn, was back in action this week at the IAAF Diamond League circuit in Rabat on Friday and in Sotteville, France on Wednesday. The national record holder finished fifth in Rabat, before taking Gold at the Sotteville International Athletics Meet, with a throw of 85.17m helping him climb the top of the podium.
The meets marked a return to competitive throwing for Neeraj, who has been in Finland since the end of May as part of his preparations for the Asian Games. Neeraj has had a dream 2018 so far with a historic Commonwealth Games gold medal in Gold Coast in April, which he followed with a national record setting 87.43m throw in the first leg of the Diamond League in Doha. He heads into the upcoming Asian Games as a firm favourite and the good show this week will be a confidence booster for the junior world record holder.
Sonika Hooda shines in UWW Cadet World Championships
JSW Sports wrestler Sonika Hooda came up with a splendid performance in the UWW World Cadet Championships in Zagreb, taking the bronze medal in the 69kg category. The 16-year old lost her initial bout to eventual winner Macey Kilty, before fighting hard in the repechage rounds and eventually pinning China’s Mengwei Zhang to win the bronze for India. The Haryana wrestler has been training at JSW Sports since November 2017 and has been recognized by coaches for her strong work ethic and technical abilities.
Sreeshankar finishes 6th at U20 World Championships
Long jumper M Sreeshankar finished a creditable sixth at the IAAF World U20 Championships in Tampere, Finland. The 19-year old from Kerala, who only returned to competitive action last month after an appendix surgery, had qualified for the finals of the event by finishing 4th in the qualification rounds. Sreeshankar, who has a personal best of 7.99m, came up with a best jump of 7.75m in his second attempt of the finals. He will take vital learnings from the event as he sets his sights on a podium finish at the Asian Games in August.
JSW Sports Wrestlers part of US training camp
Two junior wrestlers, Pooja Yadav and Neelam, gained vital exposure as part of a 11-day training camp at the United States Olympic Training Centre in Colorado Springs. The training camp included the United States cadet and junior teams as well as wrestlers from Sweden and Hungary. The athletes were accompanied by Head Wrestling Coach Damien Jacomelli, who praised the girls’ ability to adapt to the new training environment and was satisfied with the outcome of the camp.