NEW DELHI: Indian athletes, after their stellar performance at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games (CWG), have begun returning home to warm welcomes to the rhythm of dhols and garlands giving IGI airport a festive air.
Among those who have arrived since Monday evening are the boxing contingent led by Amit Panghal, the Athletics and wrestling teams and para-lifters.
It was a truly memorable moment for Bajrang Punia, Deepak Punia, Sakshi Malik and the entire wrestling contingent when he landed here, with the famous grapplers mobbed as they entered the arrival lounge.

“Our Dhakad (braveheart) wrestlers are back. The Indian wrestling contingent is back after a spectacular performance at the #CommonwealthGames2022. Let’s salute them with our best wishes and keep on #Cheer4India. Welcome back champions!” tweeted the Sports Authority of India, along with a video of the players in the airport lounge being garlanded by fans.
Led by gold medal-winning pugilist Panghal, the boxing contingent also arrived in the early hours of Monday to a rousing welcome, with SAI tweeting, “Indian Boxing Contingent is back home after a splendid demonstration of courage, power, tenacity and determination at the #CommonwealthGames2022. Join us in welcoming them with your wishes and keep on #Cheer4India. Welcome back, Champs!”

The wrestling, boxing and athletics contingents arrived in India around the time the closing ceremony was held in Birmingham.
India celebrated Table tennis Player Achanta Sharath Kamal, who won four medals including the men’s singles title, and boxer Nikhat Zareen, who also won a gold medal, were India’s flag bearers at the opening ceremony. opening.
The hockey, badminton and table tennis contingents are expected to return later on Tuesday.



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