| Saraswati: Pusan-bound
New Delhi: The Indian Olympic Association Wednesday released the first list of the Indian contingent for the 14th Asian Games to be held in Pusan, from September 29 to October 14. The 320-member list, which also includes coaches and officials, has been cleared by the government and there would be more additions to the second list.
Athletics account for the biggest squad with 33 athletes and 18 officials. The mens and womens hockey teams and the 35-member shooting contingent have also been cleared in the first list. The Indian contingent, which returned with a record haul of 30 gold medals in the recent Commonwealth Games in Manchester, is likely to take part in 25 disciplines in Pusan.
While five women weightlifters have been cleared, none of their male counterparts find a place in the first list. This assumes significance in the wake of the dope scandal in Manchester. Two of the male lifters Krishnan Madasamy and Sateesh Rai had failed the dope test in the Commonwealth Games.
Kunjurani Devi and Sanamacha Chanu, who made a clean sweep of all the three gold medals in their respective weight categories in Manchester, are among the five weightlifters cleared in the first batch. Neelam Sethi Laxmi, Pujari Shailaja and Pratima Kumari are the other three named.
Tennis stars Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi along with Vishal Uppal, Rohan Bopanna, Sunil Kumar Sipaeya and Mustafa Ghouse have been cleared.
The contingent (first list)
ARCHERY Men: Satya Dev Prasad, Limba Ram, Kailash, Ved Kumar. Women: Dola Banerjee, Chekrovolu Swuro. Foreign coach: Chae Woong Lim. Coach: C K Das. Manager: Anil Kamineni.
ATHLETICS Men: Anand Menenzes (200m, 4x100m relay), Manoj Lal (4x400m relay), Jata Shankar (4x400m relay), Satbir Singh (4x400m relay), Paramjit Singh (400m, 4x400m relay), P Ramachandran (400m, 4x400m relay), Bhupender Singh (400m, 4x400m relay), K M Binu (800m), Gulab Chand (5000m, 10000m), Shakti Singh (shot put), Bahadur Singh (shot put), Anil Kumar (discus throw). Women: Saraswati Saha (100m, 200m, 4x100m relay), Rachita Mistry (100m, 200m, 4x100m relay), Vinita Tripathy (200m, 4x100m relay), Manjeet Kaur (4x400m relay), Sunta Dahiya (4x400m relay), K M Beenamol (400m, 800m, 4x400m relay), Manjuma Kurjakose (4x400m relay), Jincy Philips (4x400m relay), Mandeep Kaur (4x100m relay), V Jayalaxmi (4x400m relay, 4x100m relay, 100m), Madhuri A Singh (800m, 1500m), Sunita Rani (1500m, 5000m, 1500m), Anuradha Biswal (100m h, 4x100m relay), Anju Bobby George (long jump, triple jump), Bobby Alloysius (high jump), Neelam J Singh (discus), Harwant Kaur (discus, shot put) Gurmeet Kaur (javelin), Hardeep Kaur (hammer), Soma Biswas (heptathlon), J J Shobha (heptathlon). Coaches: Bahadur Singh, Yuri Ogordonik, Harbans Singh, Harjeet Singh, Uladzimir Polahau, Reenu Kohli, Anatoly Fatyeyev, Kuntal Roy, Yuriy Minakov, Jaswant Singh, Gurmeet Singh, Yaveender Singh Rai, Robert Bobby George. Manager: B N Lahiri. Doctor: V. Portebenkov.
BILLIARDS & SNOOKER Geet Sethi, Alok Kumar, Devender Shreekant Joshi, Pankaj Arun Advani, Manan Chandra, Yasin Reza Merchant, Mukesh Rihani, Dharmender Singh Lily, Rafith Habib, Amit Shyam Khansaheb, Mohammed Asin, Siddhartha Anand. Coach: Michael Ferriera Joseph. Asst coaches: Sanjay Sawant, Subash Agarwal. Manager: Ravinder Kishore Tandon.
BOXING Harpal Singh, Md Ali Qamar, Som Bahadur Pun, Jitender Kumar, Dingko Singh. Coaches: Peter S. Stoyanov, Gurbaksh Singh Sandhu. Doctor: Prem Chand Verma. Manager: N.R. Chaudhary.
BODYBUILDING Pauly Varunny, Byju Gopinathan, Sanayaima Nongmaitham Singh, Dinesh Singh. Manager: Madhav Kumar. Coach: Suresh Kadam.
EQUESTRIANISM I S Lamba, Maj Deep Ahlawat, Capt Rajesh Pattu, DFR R.L. Mali. Manager: Lt Gen Kishan Pal. Coaches: Raif Ehrenvirnk, Lt Col A S Singh.
GOLF Shiv Kapur, Keshav Mishra, Manav Das, Harendra Prasad Gupta (all players). Manager: K N Shant Kumar.
HOCKEY Men: Devesh Singh Chauhan, Bharat Kumar, Dilip Tirkey, Jugraj Singh, Dinesh Nayak Vatheir, Sukhbir Singh Gill, Vikram Vishnu Pillay, Ignace Tirkey, Bimal Lakra, Gagan Ajit Singh, Prabhjot Singh, Daljit Singh Dhillon, Tajbir Singh, Arjun Halappa, Dhanraj Pillay, Deepak Thakur. Coach: Rajinder Singh. Asst coach: N S Sodhi. Manager: Hardeep Singh Dhilon. Doctor: Raj Kumar Jaipal. Women Tingongleima Chanu, Innocent Helen Mary, Kanti Baa, Suman Bala, Sita Gossain, Sumrai Tete, Masira Surin, Mammon Chanu Sanggai, Jyoti Sunta Kullu, Surajalata Devi, Pritam Siwach, Mamata Kharab, Adline Kerketta, Manjinder Kaur, Saba Anjum, Nishi Chauhan. Coach: Gurdyial Singh Bhangu. Asst coach: I S Gill. Doctor: Ashok Ahuja. Manager: Rupa Saini.
KABADDI B C Ramesh, Samsher Singh, Neer Gulia, Ramesh Kumar, B.C. Suresh, Sanjeev Kumar, Dinesh Kumar, Jagdish, Manpreet Singh, Sunder Singh, Jagadeesha K.K, Ram Mehar Singh. Coach: E. Prasad Rao. Asst coach: Udaya Kumar. Manager: M. Seetharam.
KARATE DO Salauddin Mohammed Ansari, Damang Syngkon. Coach: Anant ratna kumite.
ROWING Kasam Khan, Inderpal Singh, Roshan Lal, Sunil Eknath Kakde, Mujeeb Rehman, Kudrat Ali, Jenil Krishnan, Poulose Pandari, Saji Thomas, Ratheesh Kumar Devi Bala, Udaybir Singh, R.K. Pallai, Sajit K. V., Jincymol Verghese, Monalisa Mohanty, Sobhini Rajan, Manjula Rai, Julee Varghese, Gurpreet Kaur. Coaches: Gopalakrishnan Paniker Sasidharan Nair, Nicolae Vulpe, Ismail Baig.
SHOOTING Men: Abhinav Bindra, Sameer Ambekar, Bharat Singh, A.P. Subbiah, Satguru Das, T.C. Palangappa, Charan Singh, Jaspal Rana, Samresh Jung, Ved Prakash, T.K. Sikdar, Munju Nath, Gangadhar Sharma, Anwer Sultan, Manavjit Singh Sandhu, Mansher Singh, Maj. R V S Rathore, Moraad Ali Khan, Gaurav Sondhi. Women: Anjali M Bhagwat, Suma Shirur, Deepali Deshpande, Kuheli Gangulee, Raj Kumari, Shweta Chaudhury, Shilpi Singh, Sheila Kanungo, Arti Singh Rao. Chief Coach: Sunny Thomas. Rifle coach: Kanwar Randhir Singh. Pistol coaches: A K Balashanmugham, T S Dhillon, Tibor Gonczol. Manager: Rajiv Kumar Bhatia.
SQUASH Men: Ritwick Bhattacharya and Sourav Ghosal. Women Joshna Chinappa, Vaidehi Reddy. Coach: Cyrus Poncha. Manager: K S Randhawa.
TABLE TENNIS Chetan Baboor, Soumyadeep Roy, Sourav Chakraborty, Subhajit Saha, A Sarath Kamal. Coach: Kamlesh Mehta. Manager: N K Sharma.
TENNIS Men: Leander Paes, Mahesh Bhupathi, Vishal Uppal, Rohan Bopanna, Sunil Kumar Sipaeya, Mustafa Zaki, Mohammed Ghouse. Women Nirupama Vidyanathan, Manisha Malhotra, Sania Mirza, Isha Lakhani, Ankita Bhambri, Rushmi Chakravarthi. Coaches: Ramesh Krishnan and C G K Bhupathi. Manager: Manik Goswami. Doctor: Vece Paes.
WEIGHTLIFTING Women: neelam Sethi Laxmi, Namerakapam Kunjarani Devi, Shailaja Pujari, Thingbaijan Sanmacha Chanu, Pratima Kumari. Coach: Pal Singh Sandhu.
WRESTLING Men: Kripa Shankar Patel, Ramesh Kumar, Anuj Kumar, Palwinder Cheema, Mukesh Khatri, Ravinder Singh, Ranbir Singh, Surinder Singh, Satish Kumar, Virender Singh. Women Kamini Yadav, Alka Tomar, Geetika Jakhar, Gursharan Preet Kaur. Coaches: Piara Ram Sondhi, Stanislou Harlo. Manager: Balasaheb Shankarrao Landge. Doctor: P S M Chandran (doctor). Womens coach: Usha Sharma.
YACHTING Men: Ashim Mongia, Mahesh Ramachandram, Nitin Mongia, Rajesh Chaudhary, Farokh Tarapore, Vikas Kapila, Salil Sabir, Sandeep Srikant. Women: Shilpa Operoi, Ridhi Jani, Aditi Jani. Coaches: Homi Dady Motivala, Surinder Mongia, Peter Martin, Campbell Whyte Rollin, Andrew Rushworth. Manager: Pushpendra Garg.
IOA OFFICIALS Chef-de-Mission: Jagdish Tytler. Deputy Chef-de-Mission: C P Singh Deo.