Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh): Commonwealth Games 2022 judo medalists Tulika Maan, Vijay Kumar Yadav and Olympian Avtar Singh will compete in the upcoming 36th India National Games. According to SAI (Sports Authority of India), Coach Yashpal Solanki in the 36th National Games, 22 players from NCOE Bhopal will participate in the National Games. They will be held from September 27 to October 1, 2022.
In a chat with Free Press, the coach said, “15 athletes from NCOE Bhopal are international players; we expect at least five to seven gold medals and a minimum of 12 medals from these players. We will do NCOE Bhopal against the rest of India.
2022 CWG bronze medalist Vijay Yadav said: “Every time I step onto the judo mat, I aim for a gold medal. I aim to win gold, whether for my country or my state. We are always preparing for the gold medal, but we never know what will happen at the tournament or what our fate will hold. I am still preparing to qualify for a place for the next Olympics and Asian Games.
“Playing in the National Games after winning a CWG medal is both stressful and proud because people expect you to win nothing less than gold,” said CWG silver medalist Tulika Maan. 2022.
“All players deserve equal support and respect”
Olympian Avtar Singh is also a historic judoka from SAI Bhopal as he was the first judoka from India to qualify for the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics. Speaking to FP, the Olympian said, “ I think right now the game is at a good pace, and SAI is doing well. But I think all athletes should be treated the same, whether they’re famous or not. If you’ve played for India, you are an Indian athlete. All players deserve the same support and respect from the federation and the country.”
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