South Asian Games, 2019 begins on Sunday, 1 December and ends on Tuesday, 10 December
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A major tournament that India can boast of being the king in is the South Asian Games which involve competitors from various south Asian nations, which are 7 in number. The South Asian Games Medal Tally has always been dominated by India, for obvious reasons. The Indian teams have always been better trained when compared to the athletes of Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, etc. Therefore, it is no surprise that India has always held the top spot in the medal tally of the south Asian games since they were started in 1984.
The last season of the South Asian Games was held in two Indian cities, Guwahati and Shillong and the Indian team bagged a total of 308 medals including 188 Gold medals. The second team on the India Medal Tally South Asian Games in 2016 was Sri Lanka with 186 medals which were 2 short of India’s total gold medal count in the tournament. This fact alone shows the sheer dominance of Indians in the South Asian Games. Therefore, the fans and the sports associations of India have high expectations from the Indian athletes in the tournament, because of the lack of competition to which the Indian athletes should be exposed to. In the 2019 South Asian Games, the Indian athletes are expected to take their Gold medal count to 200 which has never been achieved by any country so far.
India is expected to reach a total of 350 medals in the medals tally at the Games
It is for sure that the Indian team will still be at the top of the medals tally in the 2019 South Asian games, but the number of gold medals Indian athletes bring home matters more — both to the fans and the authorities because they all are having huge expectations from their athletes. This seems to be a challenging task this season as the Indian Archers, who are a powerhouse of Gold medals for India are not competing in the South Asian Games 2019. The reason for them not participating in this tournament is that the Indian archers will be busy playing in the World Archery Championship under the flag of World Archery due to the Suspension Archery Association of India by the International Olympic Council. Also, this is a matter of concern as the tournament is a qualifying tournament for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
However, bad news for India has not come from Archery alone. Kabaddi, a sports India excels in at the global level has decided to drop Ajay Thakur from the list of probable players to the tournament, which will lead to a weaker team to participate in the Kabaddi events in the South Asian Games. This will further weaken the chances of bagging the gold medal for India in these games.
Also, India is not participating in the sport of cricket, neither in the men’s category nor in the women’s category and that has further kept away two gold medal possibilities for India. This sport was added recently in the tournament and even without these games, India is expected to reach a total of 350 medals in the medals tally at the games — exponential growth is constant for India in the South Asian Games.