As many as 292 athletes will don Jharkhand colours in the in the 35th National Games to be held in Kerala from January 31 to February 14, 2015.
Jharkhand Olympic Association (JOA) released the list of participating athletes on Wednesday after it was vetted and approved by national sports federations.
Athletics tops the list with a maximum of 45 sportspersons, followed by 36 in hockey. Jharkhand will be represented by 24 archers while there are 23 each for wushu, kayaking and canoeing.
The state will also be sending 20 footballers, 18 wrestlers, 18 for rowing, 16 for taekwondo, 16 for handball, 15 karatekas, 12 pugilists, 10 for lawn bowling and 8 each for swimming and weightlifting.
Barring football and handball, both men and women will be representing Jharkhand in other disciplines. While only a women’s team will be sent for football, handball will have mens’ team only.
“We received the list after it was screened and vetted by respective national sports associations. We have been asking for the list of players as we have to start preparations for the Games,” JOA secretary general S.M. Hashmi told The Telegraph over phone from Dhanbad.
According to him, the list had been prepared by the national sports bodies on the basis of athletes’ performance in national-level competitions.
“Some more athletes may be added as national competitions for beach handball, beach volleyball, kho kho, kabaddi and shooting remains to be held. Depending on the performances, 20 more athletes could be added to the list,” Hashmi said.
The senior JOA functionary has also written to sports director Dadan Choubey about sanctioning funds (to state sports bodies) for conductiung preparatory camps.
“The list of players is already with us. So we need to start preparing our players in right earnest,” Hashmi said, adding that camps would be held in three phases.